The Book of Dreams (Chronicles of Faerie Series #4)

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Dana Faolan, the spunky half-faerie heroine of The Light-Bearer’s Daughter, the third book in The Chronicles, has been using her access to the land of Faerie to escape the troubles of being a teenager in a new town. But a dark, mysterious enemy is determined to sever the two worlds forever, thus dooming both. It will take all of Dana’s bravery and resourcefulness, plus the help of friends old and new, to save her two homes, especially when it ...
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Overview


Dana Faolan, the spunky half-faerie heroine of The Light-Bearer’s Daughter, the third book in The Chronicles, has been using her access to the land of Faerie to escape the troubles of being a teenager in a new town. But a dark, mysterious enemy is determined to sever the two worlds forever, thus dooming both. It will take all of Dana’s bravery and resourcefulness, plus the help of friends old and new, to save her two homes, especially when it becomes clear that the answer lies in an act of terrible sacrifice.
 
Just as the previous books explored Ireland’s rich folkloric history, The Book of Dreams delves into the magical lore of Canada. Melling delivers another “compelling blend of mythology and geography” (School Library Journal, starred review) that will thrill fans of the series.

F&P level: Y

F&P genre: F

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Vikki Terrile
For Girls Only: The Ultimate Guide to Being a Girl is a brief, illustrated advice book for teen girls, the latest in Amulet's Sunscreen line. The book is divided into mini-essays covering many related topics: clothes, gossip, marking your body, true love, dealing with dad, the tease, big sisters, the future, the beauty myth, party time, keepsakes, saying no, self-consciousness, getting your period, dealing with mom, first kiss, unhealthy comparisons, your best friend, be yourself. Oddly, this "ultimate guide" leaves out everything—like school, sports, hobbies, faith—a girl might be wondering about that does not have to do with their looks and boys. Even the essays on dealing with family members reduce conflicts to how they are related to girls' interests in boys and clothes. Filled with broad generalizations about girls that are stereotypical and limiting (for example, that all girls like to talk just for the sake of talking and love clothes and fashion), the book defines girlhood in a painfully narrow way. All girls are assumed to be heterosexual, and the essay on "the tease" (the girl who lives to steal other girls' boyfriends) and the cartoon that illustrates a fashion model's brain as a pea are surprising if not downright offensive. In the end, the author offers no advice other than assorted versions of "be yourself," a worthy message but one done no justice by the rest of the book. Reviewer: Vikki Terrile
Alfred Chan
As a 13-year-old half-fairy and half-mortal being, Dana has the ability to teleport herself spiritually into Faerie, the land of the fairies, in order to escape life in the "real world" of Canada, where she lives very unhappily with her father and stepmother. In Faerie, Dana's mother, the fairy queen, gives her the mission of finding the Book of Dreams in order to fulfill her destiny. With her shape-shifting powers, a flying spirit vessel, and her French classmate Jean, Dana embarks on a grand adventure where she encounters mythical creatures like dragons, trolls, and even Sasquatch. With actual maps included in the book, Melling utilizes her descriptive writing skills to create a world of adventure and thrills for readers. Reviewer: Alfred Chan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810983465
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Chronicles of Faerie Series, #4
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 1,240,816
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author


O.R. Melling was born in Ireland and grew up in Canada with her seven sisters and two brothers. Her award-winning books have been translated into a half dozen languages. She lives in her hometown of Bray, Country Wicklow, Ireland, with her teenage daughter, Findabhair. Visit her Web site at www.ormelling.com.
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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Awesome!

    I have been a fan of this series for some time. I loved the first and second book but I really didn't like the third book. When I first bought 'The Book of Dreams' I thought it would be like the third book, so I didn't start reading it for a good two weeks. When I finally did start reading it I couldn't put it down! This one is definitely better than the third book and just as good as the first and second. The only things I didn't like were the mixing of cultures and the ending. I didn't mind the mixing of Irish and Canadian culture, that is what this book was pretty much about, but I didn't like how she added in the Hindu gods. I think Aradhana could have helped Dana without the added god. I didn't like the ending, because the last battle and the return to fairy all seemed to be a little rushed, and then after Dana started thinking about giving up her fairy immortality the book got really confusing and hard to follow. The very last chapter felt like it was from a completely different book altogether. All in all, this is a book definitely worth reading.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    I have read the first three books and i bought the fourth today. Its a wonderful series that consists of a unique story and colorful characters. Although I did get a bit lost in some of the geography, I can overlook that because of the good story. There are very few books these days that have unique stories. Way too many Vampire, Fairy-human girl romances...This series is refreshing.

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