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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Neve Press (4 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956753000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956753007
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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 --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

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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

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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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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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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! The characters are wonderful, from the likeable Finn to the sinister Dream Dealer himself. I liked the dark elements of the book, as well as its cautionary message, and can really see this appealing to a huge range of readers.
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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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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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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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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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