Sure we’ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction. This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!
This was actually a little difficult. I can’t really think of any newer books that should get more attention, so I’m going to go with – what I believe – is a classic!
I do believe this book was released in 1996 (I’m too lazy to dig through four totes to try and find my copy to check the hardcover release date). The tade paperback was published in 1997.
In this book, a neglected nine-year-old, Theo, sustains herself with the fantasy of belonging to a kindly, middle-class family. Her single mother decides that Theo must live with an aunt she cannot remember. On the Vancouver Island ferry, under the gaze of a strange-looking older woman, Theo sees her fantasy family. In her misery, she wishes to be part of the family, and somehow the wish comes true. At first, Theo is perfectly happy, but gradually the plot unravels, and finally she awakes to discover herself back on the ferry with her mother.
In Victoria, Theo adjusts to her kindly but prim and beleaguered aunt. Then she stumbles onto the family of her fantasy. Through them, she learns that the ghost of a children’s writer named Cecily Stone has been watching her. Theo’s long dream was the plot of a novel Cecily had wanted to write before she died. Finally, through Cecily, Theo catches a glimpse of a better life.
Awake and Dreaming is fairly difficult to find new, but if you browse around amazon sites, AbeBooks and even used bookstores, you should be able to grab a copy 🙂