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 --http://philipwomack.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-dream-dealer-by-marita-phillips.html
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. --http://www.booksmonthly.co.uk/children.html
From the Back Cover
WHAT KID'S SAY:
"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