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Dream of Night

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  820 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Untamable. Damaged. Angry. Once full of promise and life, now a fiery knot of resentment and detachment. This is the story of Dream of Night, an injured and abused racehorse. It’s also the story of Shiloh, a sarcastic eleven-year-old foster child. By chance, Dream of Night and Shiloh both find themselves under the care of Jessalyn DiLima. Just in time—it’s a last chance fo ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published April 21st 2010)
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Anna Townsend
Apr 19, 2017 Anna Townsend rated it really liked it
I recommend this book if you are into horses and it is between a bond of a girl and an abused horse.
Page Judge
Dec 17, 2015 Page Judge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is the best book ever written. Even if you don't love horses read this because it is so great.
Robert Beveridge
Heather Henson, Dream of Night (Atheneum, 2010)

Full disclosure: this book was provided me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

I had to spend some time thinking about this one after I read it. It has its faults, true, and looked at from the standpoint of “this is a book”, without any thought to the author's stylistic motives, it's not as good as Henson's That Book Woman. But I think there's more to it than that, and I think the more there is to it, ultimately, makes a lot of the book's flaws excusable,
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Sarah
Sep 17, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
The book "Dream of Night" by Heather Henson was published in May of 2010. It is a fiction book that was inspired by some of the experiences of the author. The categories in this book consist of animals-horses, abuse and neglect, as well as foster care. Henson’s main inspiration in writing this story was finding out that her neighbor rescued ex-race horses in which an ex-race horse is very significant in this book. She wanted to write a realistic story that would inform people about the unfortun ...more
Amanda
Jan 20, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
I picked up a copy of this book from my local used book store, and decided to read it as I needed something light and quick.

SYNOPSIS: Untamable. Damaged. Angry. Once full of promise and life, now a fiery knot of resentment and detachment. This is the story of Dream of Night, an injured and abused racehorse. It's also the story of Shiloh, a sarcastic eleven-year-old foster child. By chance, Dream of Night and Shiloh both find themselves under the care of Jessalyn DiLima. Just in time; it's a last
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Dream of Night was a thoroughbred horse with memories of his racing days in his head. He hates man because all man has done to him has been neglect him, starve him, and beat him with the chains.

Shiloh has been bounced from one foster family to another. She's at her last stop before the locked doors of the reformatory.

Jessalynn lives simply, rescuing horses and living on her old farm. She has taken in foster children in the past, but she's getting too old an
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Chloe
Jan 09, 2014 Chloe added it
In the book Dream of Night by Heather Henson, a girl with a troubled past and a trouble and abused horse are rescued by an older woman who rescues horses and fosters children. Shiloh had a rough past her mother had to give Shiloh up to an orphanage so she could get back on her feet. Her mothers boyfriend abused Shiloh and her mom so every night Shiloh would have nightmares. Dream of Night was a very famous race horse in his earlier days, but after receiving an injury to his leg he could not run ...more
Andree Sanborn
May 21, 2011 Andree Sanborn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, dcf, may, dcf-2011-2012
Dream of Night

This is a sad and haunting DCF nominated book. Heather Henson writes, often graphically, about abuse of animals and children. It broke my heart. Thankfully, I realized that a book about abuse written for middle school children had to have a happy ending, so I was willing to continue reading until the end. But it was painful reading Dream of Night. I admit to having tears a few times. I am glad that the abused girl and horse are well and healing in the end, but their story weighs he
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Linda
Oct 02, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses
I was thoroughly entranced with this book about an abused girl and an abused horse, both bearing scars of their past lives. I read it in practically one sitting. The only other book from author Heather Henson that I've read is her picture book - THAT BOOK WOMAN - (which I also loved) and I believe Henson writes with the soul of a picture book writer - spare and lean and very attuned to sounds. I wasn't at all sure of the style at first, as the chapters jumped at me quickly from three different v ...more
Jesstine Quatrano
Mar 22, 2012 Jesstine Quatrano rated it it was amazing
I liked this book it was very interesting and it had a lot of situations in the book that were very intence. the plot in the story started with one girl who has been in foster care for a couple of years. Through out the story she meets a wonderful four legged friends and that is where there special times and journies begin. A lonley girl and a damaged horse. The main characters in this book are Shilo, Jessalynn, and Night. Shilo is the foster girl also the one on the front of the book cover, who ...more
Savanah Walton
Oct 31, 2014 Savanah Walton rated it liked it
I think someone would want to read this because it was a little sad but was good because it was about a horse and a girl that came over and kept hearing noises and didn't know what it was so she walked over towards the noise and it was a horse that kept making different noises and she thought it was nice so she puts her hand by him and the horse yells and hits the gate. jess and Shiloh get a long together good because they both know a lot about horses and were kinda close to one another so they ...more
carrietracy
Apr 16, 2014 carrietracy rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
It can be hard to cover the issue of abuse and foster children without getting into some pretty nasty stuff. Henson does a good job of implying what went on and backing it with only a few graphic details rather than descend to the depths in her description. She chooses not to name the bad words Shiloh uses either. Because of this, the book is more accessible to a wider audience. There are lots of opportunities for readers to do work - holes left by Henson that won't be filled in for awhile. It's ...more
Sandra Stiles
Oct 31, 2010 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying this was a wonderful book. It reminded me of two other books I love, "A Child Called It" and Pictures of Hollis Woods." In this book we have Shiloh, an abused child who has been sent from foster home to another and has built a tough shell around herself. The we have Dream of Night a former race horse who has also been passed from one owner to another where he was abused and neglected. Enter, Jess DiLima. She has experience working with both abused and neglected animals and ...more
Madeline C.
Sep 14, 2010 Madeline C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mock-newberry
Dream of Night is about a foster kid named Shiloh. This woman named Jessalyn voulenteered to foster her. Shiloh hates her because she thinks she is so stupid. Jessalyn owns some horses. She has promised to nurse a ex-racehorse back to health. The horses name is Dream of Night. This horse won't let anybody touch him except for Shiloh. I love this book because of the way it is written. I think that is very unique.This is unique because instead of one point of view there is three including Dream of ...more
Susan  Dunn
May 31, 2012 Susan Dunn rated it really liked it
Foster child Shiloh is sent to stay with Jessalyn. It's her last stop of many - the social worker is actually just waiting for a spot at the local institution to open up before placing her there. Jess takes in horses that have been abused and rescued. The same day that Shiloh is supposed to arrive, she rescues a former race horse named Dream of Night. His career is long over, and he has since been starved and beaten to the point where no one can get near him. Shiloh has never been around horses ...more
Laura
Oct 21, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Heather Henson weaves together the story of a tough foster kid and an abused racehorse. Dream of Night, a thoroughbred racing horse, was abused and is left trusting no one. Shiloh wants nothing more than to return to her mother and baby sister, though she hopes that her mother's abusive boyfriend is out of the picture. Jessamyn, an older woman who seems to specialize in saving tough cases, reaches out to both and patiently offers safety.

Recommended for grades 4 - 6, horse lovers especially will
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Abi
Jul 30, 2012 Abi rated it really liked it
Henson's novel is spare, beautiful, achingly sad, and yet seems highly appropriate (if intense!) and appealing for a middle schooler. I, for one, loved it.

The story is told from three perspectives:
Shiloh, the angry and hurt foster child who has built walls around herself to keep the pain (and others) out.

Jessalyn, the foster parent (to horses and children) who isn't sure she has the energy to handle her new charges.

And "Dream of Night," Night for short, the abused former race horse who is angrie
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Nordic21
May 15, 2011 Nordic21 rated it really liked it
This book may not have very many pages, but it is still is an excellent read. Henson Brought some very realistic material into this novel.
Shiloh is a very hot tempered foster girl. She has been to so many foster fmailies that she can bearly remember them all. Jessalynn is an older lady who is known for fostering tempered horses and children. So when she fosters Night of Dream, she thinks it would be perfect since it matches with her new foster child that was coming.
Through out the book Henson is
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Stephanie A.
Jul 22, 2012 Stephanie A. rated it really liked it
Sweet, moving story that I think I've unwittingly been waiting to read for years. I wasn't sure about including the horse's POV + his ability to understand language at first, but by the end I really liked the balance of the three. This is the kind of book I wish I'd written. (that said, I had to stop and try not to be sick to my stomach at the idea of someone destroying a vintage Misty of Chincoteague. NO WHY STOP WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME) And can we take a moment to appreciate the cover design ...more
Faith
Mar 11, 2012 Faith rated it it was amazing
Shiloh, a foster child, who only wants her mother back, has her last chance with a foster parent before being sent to a residential center. Night, an ex-racehorse, once a champion, has his last chance living with a human before being sent to the vet to be put down. Both have memories of the past that haunt them. Both were sent to live with Jess.

Reasons why I like this book-

Reason 1- I could imagine what was happening.

Reason 2- It has horses.

Reason 3- I couldn't stop reading.

Reason 4- I learner s
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Sarah Lonsdale
Apr 21, 2016 Sarah Lonsdale rated it it was amazing
This was the best book in the world... Well one of them. I loved that girls story and the way the horse loved her and no one knew. And the way the horse saved the little girl I wish I had a horse that would protect me like that. I loved the way the story ended and I hope everyone reads it. I gave it to my friend to read and she said it was way to confusing but she was only a chapter into it. Don't get repelled right away. It was a little confusing at the beginning for me to. Don't worry it gets ...more
Kirsten
Jul 30, 2013 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
Are you a horse lover? If yes, this one's probably for you.
Dream of Night is a great novel, told through 3 characters. A damaged girl and a damaged horse bond and well...I won't spoil anything.
I really liked the way this book was written. Heather Henson did a great job narrating each character. They each have such different emotions and it's lovely to read.
I've read it more than once and loved it!
Ashley.a
Sep 08, 2011 Ashley.a rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
I would recomend this book to those who like to read horse books. This one is a really good horse book, but I don't really read horse books. And I still liiked it alot! Shilo is going to lots of foster homes but ends up going to a house with horses and she relates to the horse very well...so the horse and her get along well. And when she feeds the horse all the horse does is look at her...I better be quiet if you want to read this book...otherwise I am going to tell you the whole story.
Samantha
This book is one of my favorites. It is a very good srory. It is an adventure and a love story in a way. Not the lovey dovey mushy stories. It is an inspirational story. I recommend it!

It is about a young foster child. A horse who was abandond. By fate they met one day. In that one day they changed eachothers lifes forever! That one day they found eachothers best friends. I really hope you will get a chance to read it some day!!!
Kimberly Mcclune
Sep 17, 2013 Kimberly Mcclune rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its unique style. The author weaves the story in the perspective of each of the three main characters and creates a deep and meaningful reading experience. I found myself completely engaged and unable to put down this book until I was finished. Heather Henson has told a beautiful story of three characters deeply in need of healing and how they provide it for each other in unexpected ways.
zalatawa (darcy-girl-books)

*August 2016

Another book from the Horse-Crazed Days... is there a medical condition for that?

Okay, I don't remember much except for horses, a foster-care child, and a nice ending for a happy beginning. Like it was very informative about the foster system and how those kids are effected. And it brought a pretty inspirational strength to a girl in finding something of a home and friend.
It was a sweet book.
Claudia  Fett
May 08, 2010 Claudia Fett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three lives merge as abuse and rescue bring them together to the DiLima Stables. Jess, a middle aged woman, has rescued thoroughbred horses before but never one as angry and abused as Dream of Night, a Kentucky race horse. A 12 year old girl, Shiloh, has suffered domestic violence and is needy, angry and incapable of trust. Somehow the two, horse and girl, end up at the farm during the same time period.
Julie Cotton
Jul 16, 2012 Julie Cotton rated it liked it
Cool way it's written. Frustrating story ... but in a good way. Reminded me of an older version of Gossamer in the way it was written quite simply. No wasted words. I liked how it had LOTS of periods. LOTS. Kind of bugged me at first, then it started to make perfect sense. It is a good horse story, not cheesy in ANY way.
"An abused horse. A damaged girl. A last chance for both."
I love my horse.
Madelyn B
Nov 09, 2011 Madelyn B rated it it was amazing
A girl named Jessie had bought a new horse.But this horse was WILD! It was ABUSED!But Jessie wanted to train the horse.Jessie was not aloud to be around the horse.It would kick at her,it would scream at
her.will Jessie ever be aloud to be around the horse or not?


i would recommend this to any one who loves horses like i do.I loved this book because it had allot of onomatopoeia like BANG! POW! and BOOM!
April
Dec 22, 2015 April rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this incredibly quick read. Was supposed to stop at page 75 for the first book group meeting but couldn't stop!! While the stories behind Dream of Night and Shiloh's pasts are equal parts tragic, angry-making and depressing; the story we get to read most of is of their return to a place in life where "hope" might once again have meaning. That's what kept me hooked, along with the rather complex characters that Hensen manages to weave into this plot so quickly.
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