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The Dream Dealer [Spanish] [Paperback]

Marita Phillips
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Book Description

4 Jan 2011
For 8-13 years.

What starts as an ordinary school playground with ordinary teenage tensions, gangs and cliques, takes a sinister turn when a stranger parks his Ice Cream Van outside the school gates.
Nothing is the same again.
Twelve year-old Finn is a misfit at school and lonely at home. He is searching for his long-lost mother.
In another part of town, hell-bent on his own mission, lives the charismatic Dream Dealer. Attractive but not quite human, his unusual origins remain a mystery. With his gormless side-kick Flake, he sets up his Ice-Cream Van by the school. However, when the adults aren't looking, it's not Ice Creams he's selling but Ice Dreams!
Most of the kids fall for the Dream Dealer's artful ways. Finn resists until it seems only the Dream Dealer can help him find his mum. As he finally accepts an Ice Dream he is faced with the choice of fulfilling his dream or saving the life of his enemy.
His decision leads to consequences nobody could have guessed.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Neve Press (4 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956753000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956753007
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Reading and story-making were an every day part of my childhood. I have recently found books, or rather stapled-together pieces of paper, written when I was nine! I am always keen to inspire children to read and write as much as possible, because "books can be a love affair for life". I do book talks in schools where 'The Dream Dealer' sets off lively discussions with the children and hopefully inspires them to write their own books!

I have written the book and lyrics for two children's musicals with composer, Harriet Petherick Bushman. 'The Dream Dealer' musical has been performed by schools and youth theatres world-wide and my more recent operatina, 'Buzz - The Story of Glorybee' was first performed in Kuwait and Kew Gardens and was part of the June 3rd Jubilee Celebrations at Greenwich this summer.

I have also written the libretto for the opera 'Poet and Tsar', based on the life of poet Alexander Pushkin. I have worked as a lyricist for many years. My songs have been performed by artists such as Maria Friedman, Art Garfunkel, William Lovelady, Demis Roussos, and Peter Skellern. Before that I studied acting at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, worked as a mime artist and set up the Mime Centre in London with Adam Darius, who subsequently took it to Helsinki.

I live in Warwickshire with my husband. I have two grown-up sons and a daughter.

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The book is prefaced by reviews by child readers, and they all agreed, as I do, that it is a gripping page-turner. ----The Spectator, November 26th 2011

A fine, darkling book which will charm and intrigue. Philip Womack --

CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE MONTH MARCH 2013 BOOKS MONTHLY SAYS: This is a real gem - it crashes straight in to Finn's life at home, with real, believable conflict between him and his father, then at school, where he's the butt of everyone's jokes, treated like a leper, bullied and set upon. But somewhere else, there's a Dream Dealer who might latch onto Finn's distress and make some changes in his life... Superbly crafted, with accurate teenaged dialogue and angsts, pinpoint descriptions of useless teachers (my two younger children will vouch for this - they do exist and they shouldn't be teaching), pinpoint descriptions of teens bullying teens (same again) and a plot that has you hooked right from page one. This is a brilliant read, adults will love it as much as the 8-13 year-olds it's intended for. Marita has a real winner here, no hesitation in choosing it as my children's book of the month! Superb. --

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"I thought it was GREAT: Gripping, fast-paced, good fun and brilliantly written."
Milo Rowse:9 years. Oxford

"From the first page you cannot stop reading until you get to the end. The story is so descriptive that it feels like you are playing the parts of all the characters. This is one of my favourite books."
Giorgia Wolman: 10 years. London

"Great book. I read it in one day and didn't put it down."
Jojo Aldis: 12 years. Sydney, Australia

"I loved the Dream Dealer! It was a truly gripping book, full of suspense right until the end. It is filled with heroes and villains, and all the characters were vivid. I especially liked Finn."
Tom Slack: 11 years. Newark, US

"This is a unique story filled with unusual characters - wrinkly old men, dogs, children and I could almost taste the tempting ice cream. From the moment I opened the book, I couldn't put it down."
Marinika Webster 11 years. UK

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book. 14 Feb 2011
By Lucy B
My daughter couldn't put this book down. I find it really comforting to get reviews before my children read books and I can recommend this to any parent who cares about what their children read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful children's novel! 4 Feb 2011
By Sam
I really loved this beautifully told tale of a young boy and his fateful encounters with the evil Dream Dealer. Certainly as edifying as it is engrossing, the novel, with its richly layered plot, is full of surprising twists and turns which keep the reader on their toes to the very end. Flitting between soaring fantasy and the everyday trials and tribulations of being a teenager is one of the author's great strengths here and it is in those pared-down moments when the focus falls on the characters' families and friendships that the book packs its emotional punch. Though evidently intended for a young readership, this is at times a dark story, highlighting how badly mankind can treat one another but ultimately celebrating the enduring goodness of the human spirit. A truly special book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My review 7 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Words can't explain how good this book is I have read it three times because it's sush an enjoyable book. If had some it up in three words it would a ma zing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most captivating class-reader in 30 years. 13 Sep 2011
I am a teacher and someone gave me a copy of "The Dream Dealer". I tried it out on some 11/12 year olds and they absolutely adored it. However, I had a fairly bright and advanced group of 9 year olds as my class this year and, as we had finished all our usual class-readers, I decided to give it a go with them. It was a roaring success and I almost had to fight to get the books in at the end of the reading sessions. I didn't dare leave them in their desks as I knew that several of them would read to the end and spoil the story for the others.
They loved Finn and were totally engrossed and excited when the children were lured towards the Dream Dealer's van to have their souls stolen. One child, who just happened to be the girl of a non-identical pair of twins, was so absorbed that, while we were reading the bit where Finn finally decided that he might try an ice-dream, she actually shouted out, "Don't Finn, don't!" I've never known such concentration and captivation in a story in all my 30 years of reading stories with children.
It also stimulated much class discussion. It gave us the opportunity to talk about Mother Nature - the power of nature and the balance within it and importance of caring for our environment. We talked about 'the soul' and what we thought it was. We touched on playground bullying and family values. We talked about the importance of being honest and open. The book was an invaluable source of discussion topics and even encouraged my less able pupils to read and join in with class debate. I hope there's a sequel on the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic, original story! 30 Jun 2011
By Zuleika
This book is a rare gem - engaging, touching, exciting and most importantly- thoroughly original. The characters spring to life, from the mysteriously charismatic Dream Dealer and his odious sidekick to brave Delphi, lonely Finn and a mischievous pet mouse called Hercules.

Your imagination will run riot as the world of reality wars with a fantastical mind-spinning story of hallucinatory ice- creams, earth-imps, mysterious strangers and jars of souls.

I read it cover to cover in one sitting- you'll be hooked till the last page!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It made my imagination dance 4 April 2011
Loved this book and although I am 54 I read into the night until I had finished it!
I am recommending it to my nephews who are 11 and 13. Any age would enjoy it as you can see.
Gripping, well written, full of colour and charm. moral and fun. Great first book and looking forward to the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Storytelling 13 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Marita Phillips's gripping story manages to get good characters and characterisation, exciting plot and home truths about disrespect for Mother Nature into a book that was enjoyed equally by a 71-year-old granny and her 9-year-old granddaughter, both of whom finished it within a day rather than put it down. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to stretch young readers' imaginations.
A compelling and well written book that combines a strong narrative with important lessons about life - but without ramming them down the reader's throat!
Published 9 months ago by priscilla
5.0 out of 5 stars More please
Like all the best books for children, this can be read on several different levels and by all ages.
I am 64 and was entranced. We need to hear more from this author.
Published on 15 July 2011 by MAJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream
An engaging and edifying book that will capture the imagination of any young reader. The characters are charming and wonderfully described, and they highlight the strength of human... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream
An engaging and edifying book that will capture the imagination of any young reader. The characters are charming and wonderfully described, and they highlight the strength of human... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars hugely imaginative. must-read for all ages
I bought this for my little sister, but couldn't resist having a read of it first. I was addicted - not unlike the children with their Ice-Dreams! Read more
Published on 6 April 2011 by Lucy Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Dealer
This is a book which will engage and retain the attention of children from as little as 7 to 14, as its accessible but imaginative style will delight the younger reader (or... Read more
Published on 2 April 2011 by D. M. D. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I bought this for my 9 year old son and he loved it. A great cautionary tale for todays kids that have so many temptations thrown in their paths. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by Caroline
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