The Girl Who Could Not Dream

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Sophie doesn’t dream. But that’s okay, because all the dreams she could ever want can be found in the basement of her parents’ bookstore, where her parents distill and create dreams for sale, away from the peering eyes of the Watchmen. But one day, her parents and their equipment disappear. What happened to them? Are they okay? Did the Watchmen get them? Can Sophie — accompanied by her friendly pet Monster — unravel the mystery?

Durst has a knack for marrying the fantastic with the everyday, and she’s done it again with style in The Girl Who Could Not Dream. The rules of Sophie’s dream magic are internally consistent (and wonderfully realized), and the cast of unexpected allies and treacherous miscreants adds to a fun and frothy read.

Although Sophie’s investigation lags at points, the story soon picks up with greater urgency, making up for those scant few middling sections.

The best part was that the big swerve I’d been expecting for most of the book, which would’ve provided the classic YA eleventh hour twist — never arrived. The story was allowed to grow and develop on its own merits and strengths, and the reading experience was better for it.

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Author Sarah Beth Durst
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2015-Nov-03
ISBN 9780544464971
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Issue November 2015
Category Tweens


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