***Winner of a 2013 Newbury Comics Award!***
When sisters Kiva and DeeDee Stone discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, they have to take a crash course in the ancient art of DreamKeeping to survive. As two elder DreamKeepers lead them up the Varruvyen river to the Eyle of Return, they show the girls how to gain dream powers greater than anything they had ever imagined. But can they become strong enough to face the monsters that haunt their dreams at night, strong enough to fight the enemies that draw nearer each day? The answer lies somewhere in the broken history of Orora Crona, the Valley of Dreams lost centuries ago, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.
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About the Author
P.H.T. Bennet began exploring the world of the dreams when he was a child and never bothered to stop when he grew up. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, but also shared their dreams and helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim, who tolerates his turning on a light in the middle of the night to write down ever-crazier dreams and talking about them in the morning as long as he lets her sleep in first. Though flying dreams are his favorite, he also loves the challenge of rewinding, replaying, and revising nightmares until they have much more interesting (and less brutal) endings, the thrill of breathing and swimming at high speeds underwater, the surprise of creating new works of art, the dangers in meeting, battling, and learning from his Shadow as it changes forms, the delight of returning to Paris, where he lived for 5 years, for delicious meals, and the peacefulness he gets from dream visits with his father, who passed away four years ago. He can’t wait to hear what your favorite dreams are and what dream skills you hope the book will develop. You can either share them with him at email@example.com or with everybody reading the book at http://raisingsleepingstones.tumblr.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Raising Sleeping Stones, 11-year-old Kiva Stone spends the majority of her time training for one of the five town guilds. She doesn’t have time to play, let alone dream. When Kiva and her sister DeeDee uncover a plot to get rid of them, their only hope is a mysterious group of people who get unimaginable powers from their dreams. As they are taught secret dreaming techniques that have been forbidden for centuries, enemies flock around them. As in most fantasy books, the characters go on a quest of self-discovery and meanwhile explore the world around them. Despite that, the book feels very original, the world building is solid, and the characters are intriguing. Kiva, and also DeeDee, go through a lot of character growth throughout the book. They’re not the same people at the end as they were at the start. The proces is gradual, but as a reader, you can feel it. The world building really impressed me. The writing was fast-paced and I was completely engrossed in the story from the moment I started reading. The book is ideal for middle graders and young adults, and offers a rich, lush fantasy setting and engaging story.
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Life for Kiva Stone in the town of Solasenda is all about ‘Moving Up’ – everyone has their fixed place in a Guild of their expertise, toiling their lives away according to the rigid and mindless pyramid system that has been imposed on them. Grind and mastering a craft will let one climb the social and economic ladder. Failure means one will stay at the bottom of the social pyramid. When Kiva and her sister DeeDee discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, they have to take a crash course in the ancient art of DreamKeeping to survive and fight the enemies. Raising Sleeping Stones (The Orora Crona Chronicles, Book 1) by P.H.T. Bennet is a great tale of coming-of-age and adventure, where one should learn to trust their instincts and the power of dreams. The premise is intriguing and original. Initially it took some time for me to grasp the world building, but when I did, the world that Bennet created is truly fascinating. Characterization is excellent; DeeDee is my favorite. The illustrations are vibrant and eye-catching. Bennet takes advantage of today’s ‘smartphones and apps’ trend by including fun puzzle solving and unlocking hidden illustrations with the Raising Sleeping Stones app. This certainly boosts the book’s appeal, not just to its targeted readers. All in all, Raising Sleeping Stones is a fun, interactive and creative way to tell a story. Both young and adult readers will definitely enjoy this series. I look forward to the next installment.
Magical Voyages At Ones Fingertips Raising Sleeping Stones is a beautiful visual/musical tale about confidence and creative thinking. We all dream of courage to empower us. This wildly imaginative and beautiful ebook (also available on ipad and iphone) brings us a tale that transports the reader and listener into a distant magical world where dreams are passwords to freedom. What is remarkable about Raising Sleeping Stones is that it appeals to young readers AND older generations on a variety of levels. This is no ordinary book…it is truly a unique modern reader experience that gets you hooked and hungry for the next installment.