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Even for a Dreamer Like Me (Nola's Worlds Series #3)

Even for a Dreamer Like Me (Nola's Worlds Series #3)

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by Mathieu Mariolle, MiniKim (Illustrator)

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Library books. They look so innocent and helpful. But did you know there's a border keeping the world of stories apart from the real-life world And that the border must be guarded at all times

Me neither! I know it now, that's for sure. My friends Damiano and Inés crossed that border. They escaped from a book into my quiet, perfect little town of Alta


Library books. They look so innocent and helpful. But did you know there's a border keeping the world of stories apart from the real-life world And that the border must be guarded at all times

Me neither! I know it now, that's for sure. My friends Damiano and Inés crossed that border. They escaped from a book into my quiet, perfect little town of Alta Donna. And boy, did they bring trouble with them.

Now it's up to me to save the town, save my friends, and fix the damage to both worlds. At last my storytelling and dreams will come in handy!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD.
Daydreamer Nola knows there's something strange about her little town of Alta Donna—especially after learning that her new friends Damiano and Ines are really minor fictional characters who fled from their storybook to experience life as real people. But even that secret seems mundane when Nola meets a giant wild ferret who secretly controls everything about Alta Donna—from its snowfalls to the arrangement of the stars in the sky! Yet when the ferret informs Nola that Damiano and Ines "don't belong" in Alta Donna, Nola grows worried. Will the ferret force her friends to leave? As time runs out, Nola rushes to uncover more of Alta Donna's secrets and make sure everyone gets a happy ending. The third book in the French "Nola's Worlds" graphic novel series, Even For a Dreamer Like Me boasts some incredibly creative and off-the-wall fantasy concepts that are only exceeded by the whimsical (and frequently psychedelic) art. Yet while it's easy to get caught up in the book's story and illustrations, many of the plot points are often difficult to follow unless the reader has already read the first two books. Overall it's a great read for fans of Alice in Wonderland—just make sure to leave your disbelief at the door. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
VOYA - Laura Panter
According to Nola, nothing exciting ever happens in Alta Donna, which is why she has to dream up fantastical stories to make her life interesting. When new students Damiano and Ines move to town, Nola suddenly finds herself in the middle of the biggest mystery ever to hit this utterly boring town. Villians who should not exist are chasing her. Ferrets can talk and are apparently running the city from underground. The school librarian has lost his mind, claiming that characters have jumped out of books, and it is up to Nola to save her new friends, Damiano and Ines. The only problem is that no one believes Nola's stories about a border that keeps the world of stories separate from the real-life world. Her mother is never around and is too self-absorbed to listen to any details of her daughter's life, especially her dramatic stories. Her father thinks buying gifts and giving her money make up for him being an absentee parent, and her best friend, Pumpkin, never sees the strange sights that Nola witnesses. Her only hope is for Damiano and Ines to tell her the truth so she can make Pumpkin realize that this is more than something her imagination has dreamed up. Mariolle constructs a clever storybook concept, but the plot never really hooks readers to keep them absorbed. The landscape illustrations in this graphic novel are well done; the characters' emotions, however, need some work, as does the appearance of the characters—at times, some look completely unlike themselves. The dialogue boxes jump around, making it hard to follow the story for students who may not be seasoned graphic novel readers. This series targets novice middle school graphic novel readers, but many times the characters act like they are in high school, not middle school. This is not a must-read but will suffice as an additional purchase for young middle school girl readers looking to try graphic novels. Die-hard graphic novel readers will most likely skip this series. Reviewer: Laura Panter

Product Details

Graphic Universe
Publication date:
Nola's Worlds Series , #3
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
GN370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Even for a Dreamer Like Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Everything was business as usual in the small harbor town of Alta Donna. For Nola's mums, Helena, it was work, work, work and she had little time for her daughter. People often said, "You daydream too much, Nola. You imagine too many things . . . you'll see that will change when you grow up." Sure, but in the meantime Alta Donna, a town that never saw as much as a single flake of snow, was covered with it. Surprise, just who was dreaming now? All of a sudden Nola found herself the victim of a kidnaping. She soon learned that Naoki, the culprit, was also the one who was responsible for coating the town with snow. If Nola York-Stein was able to talk to all those people who doubted her, she'd say, "It's a little known fact . . . but ferrets run the world . . . they manage our entire lives!" They knew everything about Alta Donna, but they needed Nola to tell them where Inés and Damiano were. They were friends of hers and were "storybook characters who [had] left their world." Inés had been a flower and Damiano had been a cat, but now they were posing as a brother and sister team. The ferrets didn't "have the right to contact them" and needed Nola to bring them to them. Why on Earth (or Alta Donna) did they need them if they already ran the world? Nola was really worried about the fate of Alta Donna, but she didn't feel safe enough to talk about it with her best friend, Pumpkin. She was finding out all kinds of things, including the fact that KYKO was the weird creature who had once turned itself into her father's likeness and tried to throw her off a balcony. Right now she had more important things to worry about than the past. She had suddenly discovered a mysterious underground cavern, the "antechamber between the world of humans" and the Land of Stories where Inés and Damiano had come from. When they left it disrupted the equilibrium of both worlds. Would Nola be able to figure out how to save both her friends without losing them to the Ferrets? Was Alta Donna doomed? This is the finale to a very interesting series starring Nola, an inimitable daydreamer from the imaginary town of Alta Donna. Of course Nola is such a professional daydreamer we'll never know for sure if Alta Donna really exists, including the characters who live there. In order to gain a real understanding of Nola, Inés, Damiano and the ferrets, I think one needs to read the entire series. Had I read this one alone, I wouldn't have been as excited about the story because the recap of Nola's "history" is somewhat brief. Nola, the wannabe PI, seemed to grow on me the more dramatic she got and believe you me, she was some dramatic character. The artwork is, to simply put it, WOW! Nola is quirky plus, still a daydream believer, and quite memorable. Quill says: Once you've met Nola you'll be hooked and it won't be long after you've read Changing Moon that you'll be asking for the other two in the series!