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Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher
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Aug 08, 09

bookshelves: middle-school, christian, historicalfictionj, historicalfictionya
Recommended for: Grades 5-10, middle eastern, historical fiction, biblical
Read in August, 2009

This was an AMAZING book. In Ancient Persia, Mitra and her younger brother Babak are displaced when her noble family is killed and/or banished for trying to overthrow the king. Now living in a cave in the City of the Dead, Mitra (disguised as a boy) and her brother are always hungry, subsisting only on what they can find or steal. Yet Mitra dreams of returning to her old noble life.

Babak dreams, too. First of food-- and later prophetic dreams. Dreams that see the future. A nearby holy man hears of his talent and takes Babak into custody to dream for him. To tell of his future and the meaning of the stars. The stars tell of great change. The birth of a powerful king.

The king they find is not what they expected.
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