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Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman

Jake, Lucid Dreamer (edition 2018)

by David J. Naiman (Author)

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"A fantastical tale with a powerful message" raves SPR.2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award First Place winner for Middle Grade fiction2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Pre-teen fiction - Mature Issues2018 International Book Award Silver Medal Winner Readers' Favorite for Coming of Age12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his heartbreak over the loss of his mother for the past four years. But his emotions have a way of haunting his dreams and bubbling to the surface when he least expects it. When Jake learns how to take control in his dreams, he becomes a lucid dreamer, and that's when the battle really heats up. Using his wits to dodge bullies by day and a nefarious kangaroo hopping ever closer by night, Jake learns about loss, bravery, the power of love, and how you cannot fully heal until you face your greatest fear. This uncompromising novel is a magical yet honest exploration of emotional healing after a devastating loss. Described as a "poignant coming-of-age novel (that) offers a sensitive and honest examination of a child's spiritual and emotional battles" by The BookLife Prize. This moving story is in the genre of magical realism, a type of storytelling popularized by acclaimed authors such as Neil Gaiman, Rebecca Stead, Katherine Applegate, Wendy Maas, and Roald Dahl.… (more)
Title:Jake, Lucid Dreamer
Authors:David J. Naiman (Author)
Info:Kwill Books (2018), 136 pages
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Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman

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I really enjoyed how this book dealt with death. It does read like a book for younger teens, but it doesn't sugar coat grief for the age group. The dream sequences are a nice way to introduce the targeted demographic to figurative language, larger topic, and themes

The only downside I saw came from the characterization of some of the other (not Jake and the main characters) school students. They sometimes came off as simple stereotypes, and that allows the audience to dismiss them as irrelevant. ( )
  sbgill | Sep 1, 2018 |
This coming-of-age young adult novel is told from the point of view of a twelve- year- old boy, Jake, who is grappling with bullies at school and the loss of his beloved mother through cancer. In order to cope, he seeks out answers through his vivid dream world, ultimately learning how to control his feelings and responses to these difficult challenges.

As the grandmother of several middle-school boys, Jake’s voice and story resonated with me. The scenes, dialogue and characters were realistic and believable and the story is engaging and fast paced. Naiman’s storytelling abilities and crisp writing style held me hostage to the pages. This story has a particular meaning to this reader as one of my grandsons experienced bullying in school and although he has moved on from it, I can attest to the harmful effects it has on a young person’s mind to say nothing of what it does to those who love them. In this regard, I found the story relevant for both the middle school age group and the adults in this person’s life.

A compelling, well-crafted, timely story that addresses relevant topics of loss, healthy boundaries and the challenges of coming–of–age in our current society. In addition to being an entertaining read, I recommend it to middle schoolers, teachers, health care providers and parents. It breaks the silence about two devastating scenarios—death of a parent and bullying in school-- that our young people face. If one child is helped by reading it, it will be worth it. I ordered a copy for my grandson. ( )
  kathleen.pooler | Jun 23, 2018 |
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