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In a magical quest for a Christmas miracle, he did not understand the power with which he played . . .

When Christopher Russo was in middle school and struggling with an unhappy home life, his artist-mother gave him one of many secret family treasures entrusted to him: an ancient diary unearthed from the mountains of her ancestral Austria. “Use the Book,” she im
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Published November 1st 2013 by Kindle Direct Publishing (first published October 2nd 2013)
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Gretchen Grossman
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cristofori's Dream is a spiritual experience. I just emerged from the depths of someone else's dream, swirling, whirling about, sometimes in a soothing cloud of visuals, other times in a jarring bolt of fear. All the while there was a Presence of an Omniscient Being to steady my journey, faith became my grounding. The author allowed me the opportunity to explore the dimensions of love, trust, fear, life, death, illness, loss, strength, control, good, evil, and personal crisis in a secure way. Th ...more
Debbie
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ummm... I will start with the parts that I enjoyed about Christofori's Dream. First, Janey was a bright and real character, wise beyond her years and I envied her relationship with her brother.
I also liked the alternate worlds and recognizing each character from one world to the other.
Most of all, the ending was glorious (if I understood it correctly) and also very unique. I have never read a story that was about the strong bond of love between a brother and sister and their individual mission
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Sammie Mays
I am still currently reading this book and believe my rating will go up as I continue reading. I won this book in a GoodReads First-Reads giveaway. Darkness & Light. Who do you trust? So far Chris is being bullied. He's trying out for the football team and he's being made fun of - by the coach, by the kids. He thinks he can trust the coach - I hope so because he really needs an ally. Can't wait to find out what awaits "Cristofori" and if he can protect those he cares about.
Marie Sampair
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
Great read for the season!
Roxann
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
From book cover: In a magical quest for a Christmas miracle, he did not understand the power with which he played . . . In this timely and haunting tale about revenge and forgiveness, writing and painting, a bullied young teen--overwhelmed by tragedy--abandons his faith for science, then escapes to a world of his own making in search of a Christmas miracle for his dying younger sister. There, he must confront all of his creations--th
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Evie
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
I have mixed feelings about this. I love the story and world building. I love the messages of fighting for what you want, nothing comes easy, and the metaphors of good/evil.

I also get that this is a coming of age story, and while I don't know what it's like to be a teenage boy, I DO know what it's like to be a teenager. I felt bad for Chris always being picked on and how he's trying to compete, but I'd had it with the "man up, be a man, manly manly" yada yada yada. Girls go through something si
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Christina Browne
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr
this story was both heartwarming and heartbreaking chris looses his mother and in which he creates a magical world which he comes back and forth from trying to escape his lifes problems and his abusive father chris has to go through so many turmoils and his losing his beliefs but his sister always tries to help him regain his beliefs his created world is built on his mothers paintings and from his nightmares this is the place where chris tries to rebuild his troubles and in so he finds unexpecte ...more
Joan
Sep 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ruby
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this spiritually story about family , love and hope.
Lisa
I won this on First Reads.

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I've been in book publishing since 1985, where I've worked as an editorial director and national sales manager for small publishers in the school and library markets. I've also authored more than 100 YA nonfiction titles, many of which are available through Amazon.com. CRISTOFORI'S DREAM is my first novel.