The Dreaming Place

The Dreaming Place

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by Charles de Lint
     
 

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World Fantasy Award winner Charles de Lint conjures a thrilling, otherworldly tale of magic and family bonds.

A young woman locked in rage yet seeking magic, Ash is drawn into a wondrous Otherworld of totems and dryads, living tarots and mystic charms. At the same time, Ash's cousin Nina is stalked by an Otherworld demon—a manitou who can force her mind

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World Fantasy Award winner Charles de Lint conjures a thrilling, otherworldly tale of magic and family bonds.

A young woman locked in rage yet seeking magic, Ash is drawn into a wondrous Otherworld of totems and dryads, living tarots and mystic charms. At the same time, Ash's cousin Nina is stalked by an Otherworld demon—a manitou who can force her mind and soul into the bodies of beasts. Ash must find the strength to overcome her own anger, learn the full power of magic, and save Nina before she becomes the manitou's weapon, turning the faerie realm into an arctic wasteland. De Lint fans will relish this urban and otherworldly fantasy, partially set in the author's trademark Newford.

"A compelling fantasy that combines elements of Native American and Celtic mythology to create a fluid and unexpected otherworld, open to all with the ability to enter and traverse it."—School Library Journal

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"A compelling fantasy that combines elements of Native American and Celtic mythology to create a fluid and unexpected otherworld, open to all with the ability to enter and traverse it."—School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-- A compelling fantasy that combines elements of Native American and Celtic mythology to create a fluid and unexpected otherworld, open to all with the ability to enter and traverse it. Teenaged cousins Nina and Ashley have shared a bedroom since Ash's mother's death three years earlier. Ash is often sullen, uncooperative, and in trouble, and the two are usually at odds. Then a series of disturbing nightmares in which Nina finds herself awkwardly inhabiting the bodies of various animals leaves her shaken and convinced that Ash is somehow responsible. What Nina doesn't know is that Ash has stumbled into the dreaming place--the spirit world--and may be the only one who can rescue her from the hungry manitou spirit who is causing her visions. Surprising combinations of formal and informal language from both spirit and human characters help to link the worlds, making the spirit world more accessible while readers' own becomes more mysterious. The satisfying conclusion hints at more otherworldly adventures to come. While Nina is a rather bland character, Ash and her colorful friends and adversaries, and icons such as the strange tarot cards that foretell her journey and the pomegranate that is pivotal in her quest, come alive through the text. Froud's effective illustrations depict the characters Ash meets as well as the cards themselves, and reinforce the mood of the tale. --Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142302187
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Newford Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
678,545
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.05(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Charles de Lint (charlesdelint.com) is the author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. The first book of the Wildlings trilogy, Under My Skin, won the 2013 Aurora Award for Young Adult Fiction. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. De Lint and his wife, MaryAnn Harris, a fellow artist and musician, recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lint’s website. They live in Ottawa.

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The Dreaming Place 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really became engrossed in this tale. The prose was crisp and conjured up some powerful images, but the audacious amount of typos and the allusions to heavy metal bands of the 80's to early 90's was a decided distraction. I recommend this book, but the author should have tried a little less to try to 'speak' to a teen audience. Fortunately, I WAS a teen in the 80's, so I get his references! Check it out. Good stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter love Charles De Lint Books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awesome! I absolutly loved it. It was thrilling and at times quickened your pulse. I finished it in two days I just couldn't put it down.