cover image Dream Within a Dream

Dream Within a Dream

Patricia MacLachlan. McElderry, $16.99 (128p) ISBN 978-1-5344-2959-8

Newbery Medalist MacLachlan again concisely and authentically conveys character and emotion in this novel about two siblings spending the summer on their grandparents’ Deer Island farm. When redheaded Louisa, almost 12 and a “secret writer,” resolutely tells her grandmother, Boots, “I hate change,” the wise woman replies that change can help “you find out who you are.” And change does, in fact, expand Louisa’s sense of self and connection with others. Her innate bond with her grandfather Jake strengthens as he loses his eyesight, and when Jake introduces her to brown-skinned George, a young friend and neighbor whom he’s teaching to drive, Louisa recognizes the perceptive and eloquent boy as a kindred spirit who “makes change sound more interesting to me.” MacLachlan tenderly captures their instantaneous friendship, burgeoning attraction, and uncanny ability to communicate nonverbally—a skill endearingly shared by Boots and Jake. Louisa’s younger brother Theo, a sensitive bookworm who longs to live on the island full-time, instigates another pivotal change that rewardingly caps this resonant story of community, love new and old, and embracing the unknown. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. [em](May) [/em]