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Raising Sleeping Stones

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***Winner of a 2013 Newbury Comics Award!***


When sisters Kiva and DeeDee Stone discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, they have to take a crash course in the ancient art of DreamKeeping to survive. As two elder DreamKeepers lead them up the Varruvyen river to the Eyle of Return, they show the girls how to gain dream powers greater th
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ebook, 364 pages
Published November 26th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published October 31st 2014)
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Angelina
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kiva is such an amazing character.

Her journey was mesmerizing as well as her dreams were....

This book left me wanting for more and even-though it is for middle aged kids (and I am not) it didn't affect me at all...
Tilia
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life is hard for Kiva Stone. She lives with her younger sister DeeDee and their mother in the dystopian town of Solasenda, where the daily grind is all work and no dreams, all structure and no play. Kiva, a curious intellectual, doesn't--can't--fit in. So as her peers surpass her in their rote studies and move on to seemingly higher things, Kiva and DeeDee suffer under the iron thumb of the vile Aunt Agnes, a toxic old crone who surged into their lives after Kiva's father left the family. When K ...more
Mimi
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents, teachers, middle-grade kids
This is a wonderful adventure full of imagination, emotion, fun, AND lessons about dreaming and how to influence our dreams. Middle-grade kids will love following the two sisters Kiva and DeeDee as they struggle with life in Solasenda, and head out on new adventures with a fabulous cast of characters challenging and helping them along the way. Parents will enjoy reading along and discussing it with them. It's also a great book for a kids' book club with lots of opportunities to discuss many kids ...more
Tiffany Wilson
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this on my Kindle and I am burning through it! This story has strong intent to change the way children look at their subconsciousness and dream world. Kiva is my favorite character so far. She is young, brave and courageous. Kiva looks out for her younger sister even when it's tough knowing that their mother doesn't have the time to spare when she's working double shifts to support the family so they may "Move Up" into better dwellings. This book deserves an A+. I highly recommend to ...more
Deborah Ross
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dystopic settings continue to be popular for teen and younger readers. I’m not usually a fan of grim, hopeless worlds, but these two books gave me a modicum of insight into why they appeal. In a society in which the normal pattern of childhood and adolescent/apprenticeship years has become distorted for whatever reason, young characters acquire agency (autonomy, responsibility, freedom to make choices and changes) they might not otherwise have.
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Danielle
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
So this book was a harder read for me. I love books that grab you from the get go and keep you going until the last page. This was took me a while to get into. I don't think it was any one's fault, it was just not something I could get into. There were times when I had to go back and re-read something because I was confused. I know that fantasy novels are usually set in worlds far different from the one we live in, and I know this book is no exception. I think for me though, this took it beyond ...more
P.H.T. Bennet
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"Life for Kiva Stone in the town of Solasenda is all about ‘Moving Up’ – everyone has their fixed place in a Guild of their expertise, toiling their lives away according to the rigid and mindless pyramid system that has been imposed on them. Grind and mastering a craft will let one climb the social and economic ladder. Failure means one will stay at the bottom of the social pyramid. When Kiva and her sister DeeDee discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, the ...more
Majanka
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/book-tou...

In Raising Sleeping Stones, 11-year-old Kiva Stone spends the majority of her time training for one of the five town guilds. She doesn’t have time to play, let alone dream. When Kiva and her sister DeeDee uncover a plot to get rid of them, their only hope is a mysterious group of people who get unimaginable powers from their dreams. As they are taught secret dreaming techniques that have been forbidden for centuries,
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Aleks
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I am an adult and even though this book is meant to be read by younger readers, I got pulled in and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the beginning one is introduced to the complex society and its structured ways, in which two sisters, Kiva and DeeDee need to find their way. The boundaries and strict rules threaten to pull them into a life of servitude but as kids they still have so much unexplored potential. I love how vivid and colorful the writing is that makes the many facets of this ...more
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This book started out really slow for me and had me asking a lot of questions. As I progressed with the story, the more it picked up, yet it still had me guessing about my undying questions. The ending also left quite a cliffhanger and it was disappointing for me where the author left off. Of course, I am not big on cliffhangers. It was a great dystopian and a great debut but it just had some things missing for me. I loved the charac
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Misty
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book that is a great read for young teens who enjoy fantasy. I can say with 100% certainty that as a teen I would have loved this book. The whole idea of gaining power in one's dreams so as to beat the monsters is so cool. I really would have liked the fact that the main characters were not adults. The story line is riveting and keeps the reader on his or her toes as it is hard to predict what is going to happen next.

***Disclosure: I was sent this product for free for test and review
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Tom Griffin
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great adventure tale that is both a coming-of-age story and testimony to the power of dreams. The protagonist, Kiva, is a wonderful heroine, a misfit who finds her strengths and self thanks to her mentors, Hilde and Marcel, who teach her, more than anything, to trust her instincts, and to attend to her dreaming - which is a dangerous activity in the society they inhabit - and must escape. Younger sister DeeDee is instrumental as well, not to mention as skillful as Kiva in her own way. Full of fa ...more
Stephanie Reich
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Raising Sleeping Stones is a beautiful visual/musical tale about confidence and creative thinking. We all dream of courage to empower us. This wildly imaginative and beautiful book brings us a tale that transports the reader and listener into a distant magical world where dreams are passwords to freedom. What is remarkable about Raising Sleeping Stones is that it appeals to young readers AND older generations on a variety of levels. This is no ordinary book…it is truly a unique modern reader exp ...more
Sheri
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm older than the intended reader, but I still loved everything about this book. Sympathetic main characters - and a truly imaginative approach to their journey. I loved the magical realism of it all, and the key part dreaming plays in moving the story (and our heroes) along. Added to the experience was the cool way I could click and get music to accompany (and enhance) key sequences. Definitely recommend!
Liddy Manson
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story would be fantastic if it were just a plain old book -- inspiring and courageous protagonist, well-paced plot of adventure and discovery, strong role models for girls and boys alike, and evocative, descriptive writing. But when you add in the fun and discovery of all the tips and insights it offers about dreaming, it becomes so much more than a good read. Everyone should get this for their kids.
Wayne Ysaguirre
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read

I loved the characters in this book, the girls were great, Dee Dee I have seen in many little ones and the adults real as any good dream. I am so looking forward to book two and learn what comes next for the girls. What a fun ride
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P.H.T. Bennet began exploring his dreams when he was a child and has never bothered to stop. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, the main characters of Raising Sleeping Stones, but also helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim, w ...more
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