Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publication: Clarion Books (November 3, 2015)
Description: Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents' bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. Sophie is a twelve-year-old girl who lives with her parents in their used book store which would be cool enough on its own. But down in the hidden basement her parents distill and sell dreams. Sophie loves to watch the dreams because, unlike most people, Sophie can not dream. When she was six, she drank one of the bottles of distilled dream and, when she woke up, she brought the monster she dreamed about to the real world.
Sophie and Monster have been best friends for six years. In fact, Monster is Sophie's only friend. She doesn't feel that she has anything in common with the other kids at her middle school. She does have a relationship with fellow middle schooler Madison who is plagued by nightmares. Sophie gives her dreamcatchers to trap the nightmares. They secretly meet to exchange them. She also supplies a little girl from the elementary school across the street with dreamcatchers too.
Sophie has her eye on the new boy at school. He is popular and athletic but Sophie sees something in his eyes that tells her that he also has nightmares. She tries to find a way to get him to take a dreamcatcher too. Sophie's family uses the dreamcatchers to make new bottled dreams to sell.
After getting the first dreamcatcher back from Ethan and fending off a monster who is trying to capture him, Sophie brings him home to the book store to find that her parents and the equipment they use to distill dreams have disappeared. Sophie blames a recent customer - Mr. Nightmare - for their disappearance. She and Ethan, who is determined to be Sophie's friend, need to find her parents.
They track down Mr. Nightmare but it takes more dreaming and more magical creatures - including some multi-colored ninja bunnies - before we get to a happy ending. This was a great story about friendships both old and new and an exciting adventure too.
I can't wait to add this story to my middle grade media center.
Sophie backed away from the railing.I got this ARC from the author via NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.
"What? What's wrong?" Ethan asked in a whisper. "Okay, yes, stupid question. Everything's wrong. But specifically, what's wrong now? You look like you've seen a ghost. Are there ghosts? What about vampires? Werewolves? Never mind. You can tell me later." He clamped his mouth shut as if he couldn't help the waterfall of words.