Friday, January 12, 2018

The Curse of the Harvester (Dream Jumper Book #2) by Greg Grunberg –NO

Grunberg, Greg The Curse of the Harvester (Dream Jumper Book #2) 224 pgs. Graphix (Scholastic), 2017.  $13. Language: G (0 swears; Lots of halfie swears like heck) Mature Content: G Violence: G GRAPHICNOVEL
Ben learned in book one that he is a Dream Jumper –he can control things that happen in dreams. In this second book, Ben and his best friend Jake have started a business to help kids who are having nightmares to overcome them. But something isn’t quite right in the dream world –Jake’s powers seem a bit off –and a mysterious someone is helping him out. Then Jake is able to bring something out of the dream world. The mysteries keep piling up, will Ben be able to figure it out before its too late?
I wasn’t a big fan of the first book and wasn’t too thrilled to read this second one. I am not a fan of nightmares and while this book has a theme of overcoming them, it still just doesn’t sit that well with me. I found the story kind of disturbing actually –especially some of the imagery. The author uses some fairly authentic humor to balance it with the use of a lot of Hecks (which my students would be reporting to me with horror). Scary books are popular but this one has that hopeless edge that I don’t care for.   

EL –NOT RECOMMENDED.  Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

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