The Girl Who Could Not Dream

8 CDs. 9:25 hrs. Recorded Books. 2015. $87.75. ISBN 9781501901522. digital download.
Gr 5–8—Sophie is a lonely, isolated 11-year-old, frequently teased by other kids. She lives with her parents above their bookstore. In addition to selling books, they make dreamcatchers. Sophie envies those who can dream, so one day while alone in the dream shop, Sophie drinks a dream and accidentally brings Monster to life. Monster becomes her fiercely protective best friend. Her parents recognize her affection for the unique creature and allow Sophie to keep Monster, but soon realize the danger in her special ability. Though Sophie knows better than to let anyone know about the dream business, a nefarious character learns about the shop and kidnaps Sophie's parents, makes nightmares real, and even has plans to expand the nightmare business. Monster and Sophie, along with newfound friends—both human and dream-created—save the day. Soneela Nankani provides well-paced narration.
VERDICT This sometimes creepy, sometimes humorous, occasionally clichéd tale will be enjoyed by many listeners. ["A fun, fast read with broad appeal": SLJ 7/15 starred review of the Clarion book.]

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