Fright Flight (Dream Seekers, #1)
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Being twelve years old can be challenging, but add to that the unusual ability to experience dreams as reality and you begin to understand Patrick's need for a little self-control. A "sweet" dream devouring the world's largest ice cream sundae can end with an enormous stomachache. A fall from a bike means Patrick wakes with a broken arm. Try explaining that to the emergenc...more
Kindle Edition, 64 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Puddletown Publishing Group
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Catie
There are some children’s books that transcend age, that dare to include heavy, realistic topics, and that challenge even the adults who read them. I think that a perfect example of this is, Where the Wild Things Are. It’s a simple, beautifully illustrated story about anger and heavy emotions and how they can transform you into a monster, but it’s also about coming home again and forgiveness. It’s a powerful little story that acknowledges the innate and sometimes unmanageable emotions of childre...more
mark monday
this is a pleasant and enjoyable little fantasy for kids, involving adventures in dreamland. apparently the first in a series, this episode takes our boy hero on an adventure in Rocket Space as he fights off enemies trying to get in the way of a Very Important Political Meeting. strangely enough, Mom turns up as a Commander - but our hero does not seem to mind Mom being a part of his adventures. an unusual lad! i plan on reading this to my younger nephew during the holidays to see what he thinks...more
Lisa Ard
Jan 01, 2012 Lisa Ard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I'M ALWAYS HAPPY TO GET REVIEWS - they point out what people like about the book and what they are dissatisfied with. I pay attention to both as I want to address readers' wants. Sometimes I have a plan for what readers feel is lacking (explaining more about how dream seeking works) and sometimes I don't (okay, a reader wants to hear more about the dad).

So I always welcome honest reviews. I won't disagree with a reviewer's likes and dislikes, but I do want to clarify some misconceptions I see ca...more
Martha Rodriguez
Patrick is a twelve year old boy who is able to experience dreams as reality. His mom, who has the same ability, reminds him of the DREAM rules to follow in order to be a successful Dream Seeker. As boys will be boys, Patrick is still trying to perfect his unique ability and forgets to follow the rules from time to time.

Fright Flight, the first book in the Dream Seekers series, introduces us to Patrick and his family and friends. We get a glimpse into some of the things he likes to do, like play...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Twelve year-old Patrick is a Dream Seeker. So is his mom, older sister, and younger brother. The only one in the family that isn’t one, is his Dad. Patrick’s Dad is a geneticist trying to find the gene that makes people Dream Seekers so he can reverse it. What is a Dream Seeker? It is a person whose dreams have after effects in real life. Like if Patrick dreams about being in a desert with no suntan lotion he wakes up with major sunburn. Some Dream Seekers can also enter other people’s dreams. P...more
Rachael Woohoo
Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinions.

This book is just pure fun! I loved everything about it. Everything you would look for in a MG Fantasy was in this book – for me, charming magic, a fantastical world, adorable characters, and descriptive drawings.

I suppose I always loved the idea of dreams and being able to control them, so that’s another plus for me. In all honesty,...more
Sara
“Fright Flight, Dream Seekers Book One” by Lisa Ard is a wonderful way for young readers to place themselves, through the protagonist, into the cockpit of a star fighter. Patrick, 12 years old, is the protagonist. We get to know Patrick through the narrative of his adventures. The story appeals to kids 7 to 10 as an early middle-grade chapter book.
Voices from wrist communicators, a cafeteria where you speak your order and the food just appears: These are among Patrick’s thrills, and thus, ours...more
Amara
Mar 06, 2012 Amara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amara by: Lisa Ard
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Fright Flight, I’m pleased to say, is what I expected it to be. I think it fulfilled its purpose: to present a young reader (seven to twelve is the recommended age, or at least that’s what the other reviewers are saying; the author actually told me seven to ten, which I find is a far better fit) with a fanciful SF/F story. Of course, I’m certainly not a member of the target audience, so I can only say this as an outs...more
Anthony Rapino
After reading Fright Flight, I am certain that kids will love it. The premise is an interesting one: a family can interact and explore their dreams. It sounds a lot like lucid dreaming, but there are hints in the book that the dreams are a bit more "real" for this family. For instance, eating too much ice cream causes Patrick (the 12 year old main character) to wake up with a stomach ache. I especially like the clever dream rules laid out by the mom, using the word DREAM as a kind of acronym.

Th...more
Marshiee Kai
After reading this book, I am sure that kids would really enjoy reading this book. Fright Flight tells the story of a family who are a dream seekers. Except for the dad. Patrick dad is a scientist that is trying to figure out about the dream seeker genes and hoping he would be able to reverse it. Dream seekers experience dreams more vividly and real and they will suffer the after effects of the dreams in real life like how Patrick dream of eating lots of ice cream and woke up with a stomach ache...more
Vered
Imagine flying a spaceship or ordering a never-ending bowl of ice cream. Most kids would love dreams like that. But for twelve-year-old Patrick, he has to be very careful what he dreams about, because his dreams become a form of reality. When one evening before dinner, he dreams that he is flying a diplomat on an urgent, interplanetary mission, he knows he cannot afford to fail.

The first book in a series about a family of dream seekers, Fright Flight is a solid, well-written, well-edited, imagin...more
Marius Viktor Aragon
First of all, the cover of this novel is very nice and it fits the story perfectly. From the very beginning, the story swept me away to another world! I loved the world building and the concept of dreams turning into reality but I feel like the writing style could have been a bit better. There seemed to be a lot of plot twists and action that made this story interesting. There is a slight cliffhanger at the end, and I'm really sure it will be interesting to read the next novel when it comes out....more
Donna McDine
The balance of reality and imagination can be difficult for anyone especially a young boy. Born into a family of “Dream Seekers”, 12-year old Patrick needs to develop his self-control so his dreams do not take over his waking reality and cause chaos in the “real world.” Recognizing Patrick is anxious to develop his “dream seeking” abilities his mother encourages him to do so but reminds him the need of developing his self-control at the same time. Does Patrick heed his mother’s advice and slowly...more
Tracy
(This is a review typed by mom but in the words of Fin my seven year old daughter)
"I really like the book because it was very quick. I usally read 100-400 page books with my mom, but this one is only 53, so my mom and I read it in two days. I loved the story, especially how his mom was in it. But the Dad was not it it that much, and that surprized me a bit. I liked the lasagna, it sounded yummy!I really liked that he got to be a active part of his dream, not just be like normal people who are no...more
Heidi Schulz
It's fun to imagine what it would be like if your dreams were real: too much ice-cream could give you a real stomachache; too much sun, a sunburn. If you happen to end up piloting a rocket ship, how would you navigate the dangers?
Interspersed thorough the book, here are great illustrations that add to the story. I read this on my kindle, I'm sure they are even better in color.
Fun adventure for kids just delving into chapter books. I think it would particularly appeal to boys, which seems to be s...more
Rachel Larow
This was such a fun little story! There were parts where I was literally laughing out loud at the cute little relationship between the main character and his sister's friend. This was clearly written for a middle grade male audience and I was impressed by how well the female author was able to home in on the kind of action and adventure that would really appeal to boys.

As much as I enjoyed this book I suspect the sequel will be better. The teaser at the end of Fright Flight had me cracking up an...more
Steve Theme
Nov 18, 2011 Steve Theme rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents and young readers
This is a fabulous book for kids: adventure, fantasy, and great food. I got hungry reading this (hamburgers and ice cream abound). I think it will especially appeal to boys and pull them in. Could also be a good book for mom or dad to read to children. I always loved doing that and searched for books that lent themselves to that.
Laura G
A fun read aloud, or partner read for young readers. An expecially fun book to read with older beginning readers!
Melanie Adkins
Patrick, his sister, younger brother and his Mom are different. Not on the outside so you'd notice, but inside. You see when they go to sleep and dream, it REALLY happens to them. They experience and feel everything that happens while they sleep. In FRIGHT FLIGHT, Mom is trying to reinforce the dream rules to Patrick. YES, there are rules. If there weren't, Patrick and his family might get hurt in some way. Lisa Ard has a hit series here! The boundaries for these Dream Seekers is endless! I love...more
Dolly
Dec 21, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining story about a tween who is a dream seeker and experiences his dreams for real. The tale is fantastic, with a space adventure that is right out of the movies (or a video game.) The story is short, but we took our time reading it; just a few chapters each night. I have to agree with Catie who mentions that the book would appeal to the younger end of the recommended 7-12 year old range, but includes vocabulary and dialogue that seem a bit mature for a 12 year old. Still, our...more
Melody
The author asked me to read this book written with the older elementary school boy in mind. Not sure why. I have very little experience with elementary school boys or what they like to read. But I must say the book was amusing and the idea of a family who all physically enter their dreams can certainly be carried through a series. The plot is entertaining while also getting a few self-confidence lessons slyly inserted.
Jim Maher
Fright Flight by Lisa Ard is a great, quick read for the action fan in your world. Ard takes on the wild concept of lucid dreaming, which opens up all manner of doors and possibilities. Patrick is a likeable protagonist, and the story whips along at a crackling pace.

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