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Zac and the Dream Stealers

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It's up to one boy to take back the night!

Zac can't sleep. And neither can anyone else. A bunch of bad dreams keeps robbing the whole wide-awake world of rest, and one night as the clock strikes twelve, Zac is torn from his own not-so-sweet slumber to be tossed-and-turned into a strange, surreal realm. Nocturne, this land is called, and its frightening nightmares are a sig
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Chicken House (first published September 1st 2010)
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This is another one on the 'Book Day' list at the library that I had to read.
the world is being taken over by Nightmares, people are afraid to go to sleep, worried they will be haunted by their worst fears. Zac lives with his gran and realizes that she's starting to act strangely, one night he follows her and ends up in the Dream world, where he discovers 'Dream Pirates' - the ones responsible for the nightmares, he also discovers that his Gran is a 'Knight of Nod' a band trying to stop the Pir
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Zac has always thought that his grandmother was a bit odd, but when he has trouble sleeping because of bad dreams, he soon finds out just how odd she is-- she is from a land called Nocturne and aligned with the Knights of Nod. She is about to meet up with Rumpos Tinn to discuss the fact that the problems of Nocturne are starting to get to Wakelings (people in our world) when Tinn is kidnapped and put in jail. Zac and his grandmother work with Cornelius and Gideon, meeting at the Forty Winks pub ...more
Star parts: Great first page and then we turn over and it's that old chestnut: but it was all a dream, except MacKenzie doesn't ever say that and he also turns all that 'it was all a dream' thing on its head. I don't think I'll be giving too much away if I say that our dreams are real and exist in Nocturne, because that all happens in the first few chapters and by then you are hooked. As Zac discovers his grandmother's world and who he really is, so do we. There was the right mix of humour, exci ...more
This children's book is engaging and full of interesting characters and wonderful descriptions. I felt it went a little flat towards the end as it headed towards sequel territory and actually the resolution of the story was a bit meh. I wonder if the dual story-lines might be frustrating for younger readers and I wouldn't let my child read it too young as it is quite violent and scary for a middle grade book (in my opinion). More bloody-thirsty/brave children than mine are sure to love it!
Grades 4-6: Zac has been having nightmares recently, and it seems to be a worldwide epidemic. Zac finds out why when he follows his grandmother through a secret portal late one night: she reveals that she is a member of the Knights of Nod, a group of good magicians who are responsible for protecting the Wakelings (people from our world). This has been difficult lately, as a group of rogue magicians, the Dream Stealers, are determined to take control of the world through the magic generated by pe ...more
The premise of the book sounded like fun. Nobody can sleep because evil wizards from the land on the other side of sleep are stealing energies from their dreams. Except that other than Grandma reading a newspaper and Zac having a nightmare, there isn't any evidence of this in the text. I was pretty much disappointed from the start. Besides, if you wanted to steal energies from nightmares, wouldn't you want people to sleep?

In addition to that, Zac himself disappears from the story for pages at a
Likes other books i read it started off slow and tooka while to get to the main point!! but in the end i loved it! Im assuming by the way this book ended there's going to be a squeal which i will be googling soon! I highly reccommend this book with ppl who haookve good imaginations. if not this i not the book for u!. At first this book came off as a childrens book, your mommy reads to you before bed time. ANd well........ it kinda is that but little twist the spike your interest that any age wou ...more
I liked it! I enjoy books with some unknown magic powers, a secret prophesy, and lots of new friends!
Amanda Northrup
An interesting concept with decent execution. Too predictable for my taste, though.
Zac is thrown into an adventure to keep the dream stealers from taking over the waking world. According to the oracle, there are three people who can stop the dream stealers and one of them is Zac's grandma Eve. As I was reading the book, it sounded more and more like Monsters Inc. Instead of being frightened by monsters in the closet, the nice dreams turned to nightmares. Not one of the better juvenile books I read, but simple enough for a 4 to 6 grader to understand.
This book is really approachable. It is written by a British author so the written language is a bit off from a standard American YA fiction novel but British Literature is my thing so I quite blimey enjoyed it.

My nine year old son read it along with me and he wanted to read three to four chapters at a time because the author has so beautifully and perfectly written the book with a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter so you just have to keep reading.
okay for a children's book, but the plot was very predictable and some of the dialogue didn't seem natural.
Deanna at The Book Lover's Attic
This is a fun, engaging book perfect for the primary grade reader. Packed with fun characters and plenty of adventure to hold a young reader's attention. Zac is a boy with a grandmother who is definitely on the super-secret cool side of insomniac fighters! Read along while he, Granny, Tom and Tilly race to help the Knights of Nod banish evil for good!
This book is a seriously good book for people who enjoy suspense, magic, and adventure. LOADS of action appear from every corner, and I really don't even want to STOP reading it! (I'm serious. My fingers are itching to get back to the book right now.)
Though enjoyable, it was mostly unoriginal. The Leven Thumps series already has the whole "Dream World" concept covered, and the Percy Jackson & The Olympians, as well as the Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicles series, has the "prophetic dreams" concept.

A neat idea for a whole different world...the land of Nod.

A bit scary for the junior shelf. Those prone to bad dreams may want to select something else.
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