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Josh Tak is just an average boy. So why is an international corporation so convinced that he is the key to conquering their new market - the past? Drawn into a whirlwind adventure, Josh finds himself in the middle of a nightmare, caught in umaya, a place between dreams and reality.
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Published by Not Avail (first published 2002)
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Charlotte
I don’t think I have any book in my collection I have read as many times as The Dream Merchant, even if most of these readings were attempts. My sister bought it for me years back, because of the “better than Harry Potter!” sticker it had on the cover, and she knew I was devouring the books back then. I’m not going to make any claims about whether or not the sticker was telling the truth, but I do feel like it should have read “More confusing than Harry Potter!” because oh dear, this is one conf ...more
Alessandra
To be entirely honest, I picked this book up solely because I was going on holiday and it was long and I'm a fast reader. I quickly sank into the book, wrapped up in the world that Hoving has created, and enjoyed it immensely.
Oh yes, it's very confusing, complicated and intensive, and reading it quickly is probably a very bad idea. It's not a quick frolic in a fantasy land, nor does it pretend to be. But if you're willing to apply a little time and dedication, it is thoroughly engaging. The bas
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Jo Bennie
Joshua Cope is a very ordinary 11 year old boy, not particulary talented, unlike his best friend Baz who is an amazing drummer. He has a dysfunctional but not particularly so family, he lives with his mother Mo and her partner and visits his father at the weekends. His older sister is mildly annoying, as is her boyfriend who is always asking to see Joshua's collection. Which is where what Joshua considers his own talent comes in, he's a good thief. Late at night the phone rings, but none of the ...more
Alice
I remember reading it solely for the thickness of the spine and the lack of anything else to read. Then, it turned out to be one of the most confusing epics that I've ever come across. I always knew I liked dreams and the concept of them being just as real as the real world. For those of you who basically rated on its muddled inconsistency, I can tell you right now that the author intended it to be this way. Dreams aren't crystal-clear projections of your desires--they're the manifestations of a ...more
Lauren
This book is a complete and utter disappointment. Six-hundred some pages of pointless "adventure", characters that do not evoke any emotion from the reader, and a long, drawn-out history that is impossible to remember. Ultimately, the book has no point whatsoever. The characters are frustrating and aggravating. I dreaded reading it. Not recommended.
Terry
Apr 23, 2012 Terry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Savvy YA readers as well as adults
Recommended to Terry by: I read a review
This is not your every day YA novel. The concepts are more complex, for example, than the straight forward Good vs Evil of the Harry Potter novels. The story is about a multinational corporation that is hiring children to help them expand their markets. The children are lured into these sales associate jobs with promises of extraordinary adventure as well as actual income that they can spend in special company showrooms full of remarkable toys, games, and futuristic inventions. Josh, Baz, and Te ...more
Alxx
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Piper
The Dream Merchant is an exciting story following the journey of Joshua Cope and his friends as the embark on an dangerous adventure in dream time.
The book is set in modern times at the beginning but soon goes into the mysterious world of dream time or umaya. Umaya is the place outside real time that is independent from real time and is made out of peoples dreams. This mysterious world is ventured into by Gippart, a large company that goes back in time and sells goods in umaya.
Joshua Cope is j
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Jessi
The Dream Merchant by Isabel Hoving is about a twelve year old boy named Joshua Cope who is recruited by Gippart International as a salesman (or rather salesboy). Gippart specializes in selling merchandise to people in the dream world, also referred to as umaya. They don't usually enlist twelve year olds but they feel that Josh has a special gift and they need him for an urgent umaya mission; to find the legendary people known as the Tembe.

This book has two modes: I can't-wait-to-read-what-happe
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Luna
Libro geniale. Ma veramente geniale. Diverso dal solito, come trama e come idee. Possono 3 ragazzini entrare in quello che � un mondo forgiato da un sogno collettivo? Tutti i sogni degli umani, nei secoli, creano un mondo parallelo, composto da tutti i sogni di tutti, al punto da farne una realt� alternativa ma perfettamente credibile. E in cui il tempo passato � parallelo al tempo presente, basta addormentarsi e si cambia anno, indietro ogni notte di 35 anni. Assolutamente affascinante. Per�... ...more
Aime
Josh Cope, is a dreamer. He can fall asleep when he wants an where he wants.
One night he is getting a call from Gippart, they ask him if he wants to work for them.
Josh is sent into a dreamworld to sell products. But dreams also come with nightmares.
They call it a Umaya.

For some reason Josh and his friends can not come out of the Umaya anymore.

The Dream Merchant, is a book I loved when I was a little child.
Every year when we would go on vacation my mom bought us some books. One of those books wa
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Aislinn
This book…where do I begin. This is a book you certainly will never forget, for good and bad reasons. Now I gave this book 5 stars, because I think overall it deserves as such. However, there are some aspects of the book where I debated about giving it 4 stars.

Anyway, this is a very great and quite unique story. It started off slow; due to all the world building and explanations. I almost gave up on it. But I kept reading and I’m glad I did. This story was a little off balance. You were super b
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Simon Barton
Excellent fantasy tale about buying and selling from dream worlds. Targeted at Children but still a very enjoyable read for an adult in my opinion. Based around an international company that uses children to enter the dream world and work for them and a new kid is found that they think can open a new market for them in the past. Great imagination and a story line that keeps you intrigued all of the way through.

52 book challenge - Author was born in Holland
Khairah Boukhatem
This was the first book I loved. I't still is. Josh is just an ordinary boy, a talented thief and a great sleeper. One day his phones rings ,luring him into a world mystery, lost twins, umaya and the end of time itself. A epic adventure which leads to being, in my opinion, one of the best and most complex books I have ever read.
Danielle Wood
For a 'children's book' this is very good. Hoving has created an original and brilliant concept with well developed characters, an intricate but gripping story line, and a writing style which is perfect for developing a more mature and sophisticated reading experience for young people.
I would highly recommend it.
B.
Jan 05, 2015 B. is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Don't remember most of it, but I do remember it would bear rereading.
Rikke
Literally one of my favourite books.
Denis
An enchanting fantasy story.
Adam Veeser-Johnston
"The Dream Merchant" is a fantasy book by Isabel Hoving. this book is based around a group of teenagers who are sent to find how to travel through time.

The plot is about Joshua who is called upon by a company that he knows nothing about, Gippart International, and is brought in for an interview. Gippart is hiding something from Joshua that has Joshua in a bit of trouble with a person named Gip, and another named Kat and their father, Sipparti.

The main characters are Joshua who is a 13 year old b
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Sheralyn
The goal of the author seemed to be to keep your attention through sheer confusion. You keep reading just to figure out what on earth is going on and why. There are many stories going on at once and only the most important sees any conclusion. Mild language and one very remote sexual reference was distracting and not needed. I was not impressed with the general expectance of greed and theft, but also gratified that the horrors were not justified. There is always a villain to tag the heels of the ...more
Manrix
Ondanks dat ik niet meer echt in de doelgroep van het boek pas, was het ontzettend meeslepend, vol levendig taalgebruik en werd het verrassend duister. De setting is fantasierijk, maar zo geaard in de dagelijkse realiteit dat je constant van alles en nog wat herkent, ook al zitten ze letterlijk in een droomwereld.
Geweldig boek.
Sam
This book I first read back when I was 5 or 6 years old and it was the first book of significant length that I properly read. Since I have re-read this so many times, it is personally very close to my heart, and I definitely recommend it.
Paulo
I liked this book because it had a story i could really get myself into and it was fun wanting to know what was going to happen after each page.I rate this book a 4/5 because it was a good but but not one of the best i have read like at times i could think about what was going to happen next and something like it would happen but its a four because most of the time it would not happen. the way the conflict is resolved is that at the end they found out who they where working for and that the fami ...more
Nurul Ariessa
This was the book that actually led me to reading more books. This book was my bridge to the Book Paradise and I'm very glad to have read this. Totally recommend this.
Lisa
I started this book but had to give up on it after about thirty or so pages. It started out well, the plot idea was good, but the narrative wasn't. There were too many plot holes; the conflict was often pared down to one sentence in a paragraph before whisking me off to the next scene; and setting wasn't developed. All in all, I felt like I was being rushed through the book.

It was translated from the original Dutch, and maybe this is the style of YA novels in The Netherlands, but I prefer not to
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Lexyqu
Been a while since I read it but I really enjoyed it. Ended up reading it twice. The characters were funny and the plot was good.
Belle
As a child, this was one of my all-time favourites! Even though it was a pretty hefty book, I would carry it around with me all day, and have re-read it thrice... and wouldn't mind re-reading it again today! The storyline was developed, and I really liked the characters and the concept. It was well-written, and had plenty of action. However... to balance out this review, it also dragged on a little. It was like LIVING it, which meant sometimes things got a bit boring, and it was like plodding fr ...more
Gina
I made it a little over half way through this book. It wasn't a horrible book, but it was way too long. The narrative seemed to be going nowhere and the plot was weak. I was interested in this book because people said it was purposely confusing but in a good way. I wouldn't agree. It is just needlessly long and the plot is VERY slow to progress. In this 600-something page novel most of the content is skippable. I would say the samething about this novel. With a book this long the ending needs to ...more
Gael
Most beautiful book I have ever read.
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Isabel Hoving was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She began her career as a secondary school teacher, during which time she became very active in the Dutch women's movement.

She eventually gave up her job to study literary theory full-time, and spent some months in Senegal, West Africa for a research project.

Hoving's first book, The Dream Merchant, was published in the Netherlands as The Wing
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“What's supposed to happen, at the end of a quest? Cheers and accolades, Josh knew; people throw their hats in the air, and you glow with pride as they lift you to their shoulders. What else? Medals, speeches and a great feast, and then a ballad about your exploits, and finally, as the fireworks go off overhead, a soft, clean, fresh bed.” 2 likes
“That's the positive aspect of trade I suppose. The world gets stirred up together. That's about as much as I have to say for it.” 2 likes
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