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Fifteen-year-old Sam Palmer's life is dull—until a bizarre bicycle accident leaves him in a coma. Sam awakens in Aurobon, a world eerily similar to his own, only to discover that his "accident" was part of an elaborate abduction by a ruler with a deadly agenda. Now Sam must team up with a fearless girl pilot to outwit the enemy. Otherwise, dark forces will invade his own world on insects the size of fighter jets. But that's if the terrifying marsh dogs don't kill him first.

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Overview

Fifteen-year-old Sam Palmer's life is dull—until a bizarre bicycle accident leaves him in a coma. Sam awakens in Aurobon, a world eerily similar to his own, only to discover that his "accident" was part of an elaborate abduction by a ruler with a deadly agenda. Now Sam must team up with a fearless girl pilot to outwit the enemy. Otherwise, dark forces will invade his own world on insects the size of fighter jets. But that's if the terrifying marsh dogs don't kill him first.

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Sam Palmer is a typical fifteen-year-old boy except that his fascination with insects is becoming an obsession, and his pregnant mother is having terrifying dreams. When an oncoming truck hits Sam as he is riding his bike, however, things really turn strange. Sam remains on Earth in a coma, but his consciousness awakens in Aurobon, a world where insects are bred as aircraft. He is taken to the city of Vermia and its leader Commander Odoursin. Odoursin calls Sam the Dreamwalker's Child, from the prophecy, "the Dreamwalker's Child shall rise up against the Darkness." Dedicated to eradicating humans from the Earth, Odoursin orders Sam killed when he refuses to join the plot. Skipper, a girl about Sam's age, rescues him from Vermia. A wasp pilot from the neighboring city of Vahlzi, Skipper trains Sam as a Valhzi pilot. Together they save the Earth from the Vermian attack. Sam then returns to his earthly body and his family, although his ties to Aurobon remain. A fantasy adventure novel complete with fighter pilots and daring escapes, it also calls for reflection on human failure, both as stewards of the Earth ("the planet's been polluted to such an extent that it's become a huge rubbish pit") and as keepers of religious traditions ("using it to persecute others"). Given this ambitious scope, inexperienced readers might find the novel a bit disjointed. Still its broad appeal makes it a good choice for junior and senior high school libraries. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006 (orig. 2005), Bloomsbury, 320p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Christine Sanderson
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Gr 5-8-Sam Palmer, a lonely boy fascinated by insects, is hit by a car while riding his bike and transported to the parallel world of Aurobon. There he discovers a race of people who use insects as war machines and a plan to rid the Earth of humans using a deadly virus transmitted by mosquitoes. With the help of a girl named Skipper, one of the best pilots ever, Sam, the dreamwalker's child, must fulfill his part in an ancient prophecy to restore order to the land. This page-turner has something for everyone. Boys will love the exciting chase scenes and girls will appreciate Skipper's fearlessness when she is sent to rescue Sam. There is a clear environmental message, but it is not heavy-handed. A riveting adventure that offers something a little different.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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In his debut, Voake has taken a dollop of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl character, added a dash of atmosphere from Stephen King and Peter Straub's The Talisman (2002) and created something uniquely and delightfully his own. Sam Palmer seems like an ordinary kid, with a more than ordinary interest in insects, when an accident puts him into a coma. But only his body is in the hospital; he has been transported into a parallel universe where he is pursued by the ultimate evil, rescued time and again by a smart-mouthed girl named Skipper and has to become a fighter pilot to save his own world from being invaded by squadrons of killer mosquitoes. Making the transition from dull boy to exciting hero isn't always easy, but it's full of adventure. Will Sam and Skipper save the world? If so, at what cost? An immensely enjoyable read, one can only hope that a series will soon follow. (Fantasy. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900384
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.39 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Voake is a former headmaster of a boy's school in Somerset, England, and has been featured in People magazine for his fundraising efforts following the December 2004 tsunami. The Dreamwalker's Child is his first children's book.

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