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Title:
Dream a little dream
Author:
Gier, Kerstin., author.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Erste Buch der Traüme. English
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
322 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Liv Silver, fifteen, has lived in six countries in eight years and she and her sister yearn for a real home and normalcy, but soon after moving in with her mother's boyfriend in London, Liv's dreams turn bizarre, filled with talking stone statues, mysterious corridors, and strange rituals conducted by four boys who happen to be her new classmates.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781627790277
Format :
Book

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Liv has been dealing with a lot lately. She and her family have just moved in with her mother's new boyfriend in London, and she's starting over (again) at a new school. But Liv isn't sure that explains her dreams, which have gone from odd to...well, bizarre. Lately, her nighttime hours have been filled with talking stone statues, mysterious corridors, and creepy rituals conducted by four boys in a graveyard. The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys. They're classmates from her new school, and they seem to know things about her that they couldn't possibly know...unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute...


Author Notes

German author Kerstin Gier was born in 1966. She is the author of the young adult series The Ruby Red Trilogy, which was translated into English by Anthea Bell. Her adult books including In Wahrheit Wird Viel Mehr Gelogen, Auf der Anderen Seite ist das Gras Viel Grüner, and Die Mütter-Mafia und Friends.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

It is another new school for Liv and her little sister, Mia their peripatetic mother has landed a new job at a university in England and, along with it, a serious boyfriend. As Liv begins to settle into the rhythms of her newly melded family life, the oddest thing begins to happen: a group of boys from her school begins to appear in her dreams. These aren't the regular run-of-the-mill fantasy dreams but are startlingly realistic, with conversations that both parties seem to remember the next day. Soon Liv discovers that these dream meetings have a much darker undertone. Teen romance readers will enjoy the clever writing and the repartee between Liv and her love interest, Henry. The romance between Liv and Henry gradually builds throughout the novel, leaving lots of room for growth and development in the subsequent installments. A smart twist at the end will make readers eager to see what the future holds for the pair and what new plot surprises will be conjured up in the planned trilogy.--Gaus, Eve Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Liv Silver's dreams take on a life of their own in this first book in this Silver Trilogy. Shortly after moving to London and meeting her soon-to-be stepbrother Grayson, both Grayson and his friends begin to appear in Liv's dreams, performing an occult ritual. Before long they have asked virginal Liv to join in the dangerous game of black magic, including a blood offering that opens a portal into each other's nocturnal musings through a series of doors. In Liv, Gier (the Ruby Red trilogy) has created a smart heroine who loves a good mystery and has her wits about her. But her precociousness and the fact that most of the action takes place in dreams robs the story of its sense of peril; Olivia remains flippant even in the face of real danger and human sacrifice. The romantic pairings of the main characters and a subplot involving a student with an anonymous Gossip Girl-style blog will likely be explored in more detail in later books, but the main plotline resolves without generating a driving force toward the sequel. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Liv Silver has lived all over the world, but upon her arrival at her new home, the 15-year-old is shocked to learn that not only does her perpetually single mom have a serious boyfriend (a widower with twin 17-year-olds), but that their families plan to "merge." She and her little sister have to move to their stepfather's London home and be students at an exclusive preparatory school that stepsiblings Grayson and Florence attend. Grayson runs in a conspicuous quartet of fellow handsome upper-class boys at "Frognal Academy"-Arthur, Henry and Jasper. When Liv falls asleep in a borrowed sweatshirt, she finds herself in a vivid dream with Grayson, Henry, Arthur, and Jasper. It becomes clear that these are not ordinary dreams. The protagonist learns that the boys, along with Arthur's ex-girlfriend Anabel (who has since moved away), conjured a demon that grants wishes and allows access to shared dreams. For the "magic" to work, at least one of the five members must be a virgin. Anabel was the only virgin of the original group, but when that changed, the girl's beloved dog died, presumably as punishment. Liv can fill the virgin void and does not believe in demons anyway, so she takes the blood oath and makes one (clever) wish. Gier's series opener offers the right ratio of closure to still unanswered questions (a rare feat in today's vast pool of sequels). Plot twists, dream make-out sessions, a touch of humor, and a scary culmination make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Give to fans of light paranormal romance and to those who enjoyed the author's "Ruby Red Trilogy" (Holt).-Tara Kehoe, New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, Trenton (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.