Keaghan in Dreamside [NOOK Book]

Overview

There is more to your home than what you’ve seen. There is a place you have never stepped foot in. Your home has an outside, an inside, and a side you didn't know existed: Dreamside! If you have a very healthy dose of curiosity and courage, you might be able to find it. In fact, on an afternoon not too many days ago, a young boy named Keaghan discovered the way in.

Join Keaghan on his fantastic journey through the strangeness that is ...
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Keaghan in Dreamside

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Overview

There is more to your home than what you’ve seen. There is a place you have never stepped foot in. Your home has an outside, an inside, and a side you didn't know existed: Dreamside! If you have a very healthy dose of curiosity and courage, you might be able to find it. In fact, on an afternoon not too many days ago, a young boy named Keaghan discovered the way in.

Join Keaghan on his fantastic journey through the strangeness that is Dreamside, a labyrinth world of magic he discovers inside his own home. Dreamside is a place of mystery and wonder, but also of great danger. During his adventure, Keaghan meets some very strange characters. But also wandering these twisting halls is a monstrous creature that has no intention of letting Keaghan find his way back out!

A story of 8,078 words.

ATOS Book Level: 4.3
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Editorial Reviews

Parents Little Black Book - Karen Doeirng
I found this to be a very entertaining short story for children ages seven and up. A read alone book for about grade 4 and a read with a parent for below. The words are a bit above the average seven year old's reading ability but not comprehension.

Keaghan has come home from school to an empty house. An usual event indeed. No younger sister to hound him or follow him around. No parent to tell him to do his homework or not eat peanut butter straight from the jar, no one to tell him not t
http://ahandfulofconfetti.wordpress.com/ - Merin Reviews
As someone who has spent the majority of her life working in one form or fashion with elementary-aged kids, I am always on the lookout for books that this particular age group would find intriguing and keep them turning the pages. Upon finishing KEAGHAN IN DREAMSIDE, I realized that this was one of those types of books: a book with an engaging main character, fully imagined and realized world, and an adventure (and who doesn't love a good adventure?).
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016444451
  • Publisher: StoryJitsu
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Series: Dreamside , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 816 KB

Meet the Author

J. Daniel Batt is the author of two books, The Stars Serve and Empty Days, and the designer of many more, including the ALA Schneider-Family Book Award nominee, I Live with Peter Pan. In addition, he writes urban fantasy and is preparing the release of his first full-length novel, Cinders. J. Daniel Batt is a member of Mensa, serves on the Advisory Board for the Lifeboat Foundation with their Space Settlement Board, and was a panel speaker at the 2011 DARPA / NASA 100 Year Starship Symposium. J. Daniel Batt and his family make their home in Northern California where they are currently working through their 100 step plan to taking over the universe. They are on step 19 and everything is going perfect!
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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Keaghan in th

    Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

    Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside: The Dreamside Omnibus is a collection of five stories in the Dreamside series by J. Daniel Batt. While home alone from school one day, Keaghan accidentally stumbled into a part of his world that he did not know existed, the world beyond, the unseen side of his home, the Dreamside. The Dreamside is another part of this world that exists, unknown to man. It is another part of our world that we can never imagine existed, but Keaghan got to experience it more than once. The Dreamside series take you on an exciting ride into the world beyond the walls of your house as you follow Keaghan's adventures as he makes his trips to the Dreamside. With each new book in the series, the Dreamside presents new surprises for Keaghan and new challenges for him to overcome. This is the story of Keaghan in the Dreamside and the different creatures, good and bad, that occupy that part of the world, and how his presence in the Dreamside changes things in the magical world. 

    Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside: The Dreamside Omnibus is filled with exciting stories of magical places, strange and interesting creatures and a once in a lifetime adventure that will give readers, both young and old, an out of this world experience. With each new chapter, the story keeps getting more and more exciting and this omnibus gave me the opportunity to read all five stories at once. The language and writing style fit the story perfectly and vividly bring the whole adventure to life. This is a very exciting story and all you need is time, a comfortable seat and a mind open to possibilities beyond your everyday life. J. Daniel Batt wrote a unique and very interesting series and kids will totally love it, as will adults.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

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    Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite Who said that a

    Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite

    Who said that a home is composed of four walls and a roof? Those who have never ventured past the three dream corners that are within each of our homes, leading to the Dreamside where adventures begin and dreams morph into reality. A seemingly normal young boy, Keaghan, stumbles accidentally into the Dreamside of his own home. Throughout the course of the series, Keaghan must travel to bizarre and magical realms to save his family and millions of other families around the world from falling prey to a home where only detached aloofness exists and love has no place. Will Keaghan be able to muster the courage to defend Dreamside from also falling apart in order to save his own?

    Although not a young child anymore, I do believe that not only those who are more than ten or twenty years our junior will be heartily entertained, but those whose charge it is to read to these youngsters will appreciate this whimsical narrative. J. Daniel Batt’s Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside Omnibus ranks amongst The Brave Little Toaster and The Boxtrolls, written as it is with such verve and liveliness that its images vividly imprint themselves upon the reader’s imagination, as any intriguing children’s animation film. The characters that Keaghan befriends and meets on his expeditions through Dreamside are penned with dazzling texture: amiable Knitters composed of crayons, sticks, and discarded toys; beastly Sloars that feed off family members’ animosities toward one another; and punk-rock tattooed Skroints are some, along with many other fantastical creatures that will delight and inspire children's imaginations. 

    Similarly, on their journey with Keaghan through the Dreamside within his house, Batt encourages his young readers with the meaningful and important lesson to move forward ceaselessly with courage and curiosity to face all of the wondrous possibilities that await us on the morrow. Furthermore, Keaghan’s adventures teach the value of dreams, both sleeping and awake, and the power of the imagination; the lesson to never let our past mistakes and failures limit what we can do or shape who we are capable of being.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Keaghan in the Ta

    Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

    Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside: The Dreamside Omnibus (Books 1 through 5) is a fantasy series for children and preteens written by J. Daniel Batt. Keaghan has an older brother who's not always terribly nice to him and a younger sister who's a pain in the butt. They live with their folks in a house which always seemed rather normal to Keaghan, until one day, while he was preoccupied, he turned down three dream corners that should not have been there. He found himself in a strange place filled with familiar things that had long been lost, toys, clothing, kitchen utensils, all kinds of stuff. Keaghan is even more surprised when he hears voices and meets the oddest creatures: one is constructed of balls and debris and has a broken dish for a face and the other seems made of twigs and smoke. Keaghan learns that he has entered the Dreamside where the Knitters fix the holes made by the dreams of great dreamers like him. There is one rule though that must always be followed when in the Dreamside: one can never go backward, but always forward.

    J. Daniel Batt's children and preteen fantasy series, Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside: The Dreamside Omnibus (Books 1 through 5) is a marvelous epic fantasy that is contemporary and timeless all at once. Keaghan's travels in the Dreamside take him into some pretty perilous places, and he gets to know some stalwart companions and encounter some downright scary villains. Batt's creative genius is paired with a gift for writing fast-paced, exciting prose that is accessible both to kids and adults who enjoy fantasy. I found myself enjoying every minute spent following Keaghan as he maneuvers through his alternative world. This is epic fantasy that entertains and fully involves the reader. It's highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Brilliant childrens book!

    Loved this! Perfect for my third grader!

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