The Dream Stealer (Hardcover)
Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
“Susana's good dreams are being stolen, and she wants them back! She must face all sorts of trials and treachery, but by her good example she teaches others to do the right thing. A wonderful story of determination and friendship.”
— Betsy Cebulski, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
There is a bandit who comes in the night. He does not want pretty silver earrings or dangly gold necklaces, not diamonds or rubies.
What does he want?
Listen, I will tell you.
He wants dreams.
He is supposed to take only nightmares—the dreams of monsters and phantoms—but he's grown scared. He's been taking the good dreams instead.
But one night he steals from the wrong girl.
Susana is clever. She is wily. She is brave.
And she wants her dream back.
“This fanciful, original tale drawn from Mexican lore…will delight children, as will the narrator’s expertly modulated storyteller’s cadence. Sís’ black and- white illustrations include inventive design elements that reinforce the sense of real and imagined worlds overlapping.”
“The author breathes life into this Mexican-flavored world with a storytelling manner that’s teasing and intriguing by turns.”
“The tale twinkles with Fleischman’s signature crisp language and laugh-out-loud wordplay…[a] unique read that’s sure to give young chapter-book readers shivers, laughs, and satisfaction.”