New York Times bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou delivers her most fantastical, emotional story yet in this tale of a young girl’s journey into her dreams to save her brother from the darkness that surrounds him. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Echo.
Every night, your sleeping body stays in your bed, while the you of you travels deep beneath the earth to ride the complex rails of the Dreamway....
Stella Clay thought it was just another ordinary day at her drab gray school. Then her twin brother, Cole, is attacked by a shadowy creature on their way home, and Stella’s world turns positively peculiar. Suddenly, her brother seems different, almost dimmer, like a candle about to flicker out.
And then a talking mouse shows up in her bedroom.
Stella discovers that the real Cole has been taken prisoner in the Dreamway. Determined to find him, she sets out with the “help” of a stuck-up rodent, a nervous dragonfly, and a mysterious pirate, and finds her way to the darkest edge of the Dreamway to bring her brother home…before he's trapped forever.
In this allegorical exploration of childhood depression, with a moving author note that follows, Lisa Papademetriou gently and safely illustrates for her readers the emotional effects of anger, anxiety, and insecurity—and illuminates a pathway to hope and recovery.
About the Author
Lisa Papademetriou spends most of her time in the Dreamway, even when she’s awake. She is the author of Apartment 1986 and A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic and lives in Massachusetts with her family.
Praise for APARTMENT 1986: “Lisa Papademetriou has created an unforgettable dynamic duo and a delightful novel bursting with humor and heart.”
— Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, and Upside Down Magic
“Papademetriou is equally adept at exploring the serious undercurrents to Callie’s family drama and Cassius’ difficulties, and readers stepping up from Frances O’Roark Dowell’s engrossing friendship stories will find Apartment 1986 a comfortable place to hang out.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for A TALE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL MAGIC: “Lisa Papademetriou’s prose and sense of place dazzles the ear and eye, while the adventure and mystery binds us from page to page. Now that’s sleight of hand!”
— Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Winner Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Winner Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Winner
“Magic! It’s everywhere—in music, in moths, in an old handwritten book. But the real magic is the exquisite storytelling that sweeps us along until the last wonderful page. This is a book that leaves shimmers in the very air.”
— Kathi Appelt, New York Times bestselling author of The Underneath and Keeper
“A lively, heartwarming, sometimes perilous tale packed with creepy elements, appealing characters…and more than a few laughs.”
— Common Sense Media
“A rollicking adventure... Engaging and appealing, especially to those who have never quite fit in, this novel is sure to satisfy.”
— School Library Journal
“The writing [begs] to be read aloud... a fun book for middle-grade readers [that] will surely inspire them to read—and write—more.
“Thrilling and funny, The Dreamway is a wild, magical ride!”
— Grace Lin, author of The Year of the Dog
“With quirky secondary characters, a compelling plot, and room for a sequel, this is a strong purchase.”
— School Library Journal
“Strong family bonds drive the story, whose active characters, from a helpful librarian to a bureaucratic dragonfly, give it spark . . . Phantom Tollbooth fans will feel at home with the illogical destinations and quirky inhabitants of the Dreamway.”
— ALA Booklist