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Publisher: Kwill Books
Publication Date: May 4, 2018
12-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.
I was very surprised by this book, after reading the synopsis I was intrigued but still didn't really know how it was going to go. This short book follows Jake, who is still dealing with the passing of his mother and through his dreams must overcome his emotions.
What struck me was how unique this take was. Often times dealing with emotions of loss and grief in young adult/ middle grade books brings the reader into a depression spiral or bad behavior. This book instead did something different. Jake is dealing with bullies, but not fighting back, he is having some outbursts at home but really they are minor and he is just trying to get though his days.
In the dream world, Jake is having some crazy ones but controls them too. He realizes that there must be something to it and most of the emotional battles are dealt with there in the dreams.
This book was very emotional but a unique way of handling a plot with loss, it make it a little more upbeat for what it was, but it was still sad. It ended nicely and I really enjoyed the overall story.