cover image The Girl Who Could Not Dream

The Girl Who Could Not Dream

Sarah Beth Durst. Clarion, $16.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-544-46497-1

Twelve-year-old Sophie’s parents own the Dreamcatcher Bookshop, underneath which they maintain a separate, secret business that traffics in actual dreams. After securing “raw” dreams from dreamcatchers they distribute to bookstore customers, Sophie’s parents distill and bottle the dreams to sell. Despite Sophie’s family connection to dreams, she doesn’t dream herself; the one time she stole a liquid dream and drank it, she brought the monster within it into the real world. Monster—a catlike creature with tentacles, lots of teeth, and a sharp sense of humor—became Sophie’s best friend and serves as her sidekick when her parents and two students go missing. Durst (Into the Wild) makes the most of a truly creative premise in a novel filled with wit, empathy, and over-the-top dream moments come to life (including a colony of well-dressed, fierce-fighting, pastel rabbits that help save the day). Sophie’s loyal friendships with Monster and Ethan, a boy plagued by nightmares who comes to her aid, ground the story as Durst threads together a fast-paced adventure. Ages 10–14. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger. (Nov.)