Sam O'Riley and the Dream Catchers

Sam O'Riley and the Dream Catchers

by Tony Worden

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Overview

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." – Walt Disney

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." – John Lennon

Sam O'Riley is by all accounts a typical middle-schooler living in bustling Chicago. He has never met a ghost. He's never prowled around graveyards, been chased by killer clowns, or soared without wings. All Sam knows is that a long grueling school year cannot compare to summer break in Chicago. But all that is about to change when he closes his eyes one night . . . when he discovers what lies behind each of us when we dream . . . when he finds the Dream Catchers.

It all starts on the worst possible night – the first night of summer break when his whole life is changed by a young woman who is already dead. Deep inside a dream, Sam is thrust into the impossible, into a mystery that turns his idea of reality upside down. He is shown that life is much more than what we see, that when we dream the mind escapes the body and everything becomes connected; past and present, living and dead. But among the abundant wonders and unlikely friends he finds along the way, he also learns that good and evil are at war and that he is but a pawn.

Despite being told to keep secret what is happening to him at night, to hide what is a mystery even to him, Sam must rely on his friends Joe and Nancy to help keep him sane and safe from the terror that has followed him into the waking world. But as he plumbs Chicago's unusual history, ghost stories, demons and dangers for a solution, Sam learns a difficult truth and a great purpose begins to take root in his life . . . if he can survive long enough to fulfill it.

So be warned. This story is not about witches, wizards or wands. This story is not about everyone living happily ever after either. This story is about what’s already in the room with you and unseen. This story is about them.

Whether you enjoy ghost stories, mysteries, or Chicago history, discover what dead people already know . . . dream with your eyes wide shut!

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940046443158
Publisher: Tony Worden
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 561 KB
Age Range: 5 - 13 Years

About the Author

Tony Worden is a native Chicagoan and a graduate of the University of Chicago, with a deep abiding love for the city and its history. In his debut novel, Tony has created an exceptional blend of fact, fiction and a good scare into a ‘Stephen King for Kids’ page turner.

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Sam O'Riley and the Dream Catchers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anthony60614 More than 1 year ago
It's a great 'Stephen King for Kids'! We like a good scary story, but not one to give the kids nightmares . . . this book is the right balance. I am giving it to my nieces & nephews for Christmas. Highly recommend.
TerriBethel More than 1 year ago
Hurray for new authors! We really enjoyed Book 1 and can't wait for Book 2 . . . its great to have a new series to look forward to that doesn't insult our intelligence and actually makes you think; both in terms of solving the mystery and our idea of reality. This is perfect for bedtime reading . . . we fought over the Nook to read this book, so we ended up buying more Nooks. Tell your friends - this is a solid pick.
PatFuller More than 1 year ago
Great read and inspirational. My kids and I are tired of the recycled mythical creatures, dungeons & dragons, kids killing kids material that dominates the best seller lists. This book is a great example of why I look past the advertisements to find the diamonds in the rough. Definitely recommend!!
MoriahCane More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Best read since the last Harry Potter book. The two things I liked most about it were that it is completely different, and a great read without all the mythical creatures and magic. It presents some very plausible tenets about life and the unknowable in way that anyone can understand and allows the reader to draw their own conclusions . . . just as Sam O'Riley struggles to do. But don't worry, this is not a heavy thought provoking book . . . it's a scary, and at times funny, ghost story and mystery. GREAT FOR BEDTIME READING (hint, hint as the title suggests)!
PattyBelevue More than 1 year ago
My kids and I have really enjoyed reading this book. I looking for new books outside the best sellers lists because you can find some real jewels and this is one. We like ghost stories and mysteries, but we really enjoyed how the main character is dealing with growing up and making sense of the world around him. He starts out like a typical teenager where the world seems to revolve around him, and ends up with a much greater appreciation and sense of the people, places & history around him. Also, if you like Chicago, you'll enjoy the real places and feel the author lends to the scenes . . . Chicago itself begins to feel like another character in the story. Highly recommend and looking forward to the second book in the series.
TeenBooks2 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great pick for all ages. I focus primarily on reviewing teen/young adult books, but this book is suitable for both younger and older audiences. I found it to be unique in that it is a good mix of fact, fiction, inspiration and ghost story. It offers a great deal of waterfront and seems to bust outside of conventional labels. I have recommended this book to my Followers.
ChicagoReaderInc More than 1 year ago
Chicago Reader Five Star Award for Young Adult Fiction. Congratulations and well done Mr. Worden.