The Dream-Maker's Magic (Safe Keepers Series #3)

The Dream-Maker's Magic (Safe Keepers Series #3)

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by Sharon Shinn
     
 

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Kellen’s mother has always insisted that her only child was born male, not female—so Kellen has been raised as a boy. At school, she meets Gryffin, whose mind is as strong as his legs are damaged, and the two become friends and allies. A few years later, the two get jobs working at an inn nearby. When it is discovered that Gryffin is the kingdom’s

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Kellen’s mother has always insisted that her only child was born male, not female—so Kellen has been raised as a boy. At school, she meets Gryffin, whose mind is as strong as his legs are damaged, and the two become friends and allies. A few years later, the two get jobs working at an inn nearby. When it is discovered that Gryffin is the kingdom’s new Dream-Maker—someone whose mere presence can help dreams come true—he is whisked away to the castle, leaving Kellen behind. By now, their friendship is shading into something more. Will it endure?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Matt Mahurin's beautiful cover illustration will draw readers to this title, and Sharon Shinn's story line will garner new readers in the final book of her trilogy. Kellen's mother has always believed that her child was born a boy, not a female; Kellen is raised as a boy and is forever uncomfortable with her identity until she meets Gryffin, who accepts her just as she is. Gryffin's mind is strong, but his legs are damaged; the two quickly become friends. One day the kingdom loses its Dream-Maker and the search begins for a new Dream-Maker who will make dreams come true and bring good fortune. Who is the new Dream-Maker? How will Kellen's friendship with Gryffin change over time? What will happen to Kellen? Will she ever find her place in the world? Readers who have enjoyed Sharon Shinn's The Safe-Keeper's Secret, winner of the ALA Best Book for Young Adults, will find this story equally enchanting.
VOYA
Anyone who is sick of a dramatic and action-packed plot line will love this book. Even though I found parts of the story to be boring and tedious, I also found it endearing and almost sweet. The book tells a tale of how friendship and love, even if they are from unexpected places, can help you discover your true self. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Viking, 272p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Lillian Filliman, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Shinn returns to the world of The Safe-Keeper's Secret (2004) and The Truth-Teller's Tale (2005, both Viking), creating a stand-alone story with a unique heroine. When Kellen starts school at age 11, she is considered strange by the other children. She meets Gryffin, who is teased because his legs are deformed. As the girl grows and becomes more independent, she begins working at a local inn, which becomes a shelter for her friend when he needs to escape his uncle's abuse. After becoming involved in the lives of many of the travelers who frequent the inn and becoming ever-closer friends, the young people learn that Gryffin is the new Dream-Maker, whose very presence can cause others' dreams to come true. Kellen follows him to the capital, where more adventures follow, leading to a surprising conclusion full of twists and mistaken identities. Kellen's voice is authentic and direct, and her comments add humor and perspective to her adventures. This is a fast-paced and captivating tale, sure to appeal to fantasy fans looking for a touch of romance. Shinn has created a fully realized world full of unusual characters.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
How lovely to tumble back into a Shinn fantasy-romance, the final volume in a medieval trilogy consisting of The Safe-Keeper's Secret (2004) and The Truth-Teller's Tale (2005). Like the first two, this stand-alone story maintains an undercurrent of magical possibilities that deliciously intersect with the down-to-earth lives of the characters. The often subtle power of the Dream-Maker, whose mere presence can make wishes come true, is at the heart of this lyrically written tale. Young readers will be swept along as two lives unfold: Kellen, dressed "in shapeless clothing suitable for a boy," because her mother, certain that she originally gave birth to a son, is determined to raise her as one (a premise which allows for an interesting discussion of gender roles); and her best friend, Gryffin, a lame boy, clear-eyed and smart. Shinn has once again deftly mixed magic with human struggles and adolescent foibles, using recurrent themes such as discovering a character's true identity, the triumph of love and the fight for justice, to create an irresistible read. (Fantasy. 12-14)
From the Publisher
Deftly mixes magic with human struggles and adolescent foibles, ...to create an irresistible read.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670060702
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2006
Series:
Safe Keepers Series, #3
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.07(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
Deftly mixes magic with human struggles and adolescent foibles, ...to create an irresistible read.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Meet the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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Dream-Maker's Magic (Safe Keepers Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THE DREAM-MAKER'S MAGIC was an enjoyable read, light and funny.

In the story, Kellen Carmichael's mother insists that she gave birth to a boy and then that boy changed into Kellen.

This story shows how Kellen learns to deal with her mother's stubbornness and makes new friends. She learns to be herself and to not worry about what others think.

This story has a fascinating plot and a surprise ending. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone.
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This is an amazing book about friendship, family, and being yourself. I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I loved the message it had. I felt like I was with Kellen every step of the way. I would recommend this book to anyone. I would also suggest reading the two books before it, but they aren't necesary to understand this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! I couldn't put it down at all. I've never read a book by Sharon Shinn before this one and I like her writing style alot!
Solstice-Ballad1 More than 1 year ago
A deeply moving, heart felt story.