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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Everyone in the City is assigned a job by the choosers--keeper, catcher, computer. Callie Crawford is a computer. She works with numbers: putting them together, taking them apart. Her work is important, but sometimes she wants more. Jeremy Finn is a dreambender. His job is to adjust people's dreams. He and others like him quietly remove thoughts of music and art to keep th ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Albert Whitman Company
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Hazel Rainfall
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dreambender is rated low for many reasons. The sentence structure is extremely truncated, and creates some very awkward phrasing. I had to re-read several strangely worded short sentences several times to understand what Ronald Kidd, the author, was trying to say. Another reason I rated this book so low is due to its similarity to the book, The Giver and many other dystopian world-based novels.
I also found the narrative style to be very distracting to the flow of the overall story. Each chapter
Kate Weitnauer
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
All in all, I thought the book was pretty decent. I couldn’t say it was my favorite, but not bad either. I would say it would be for grades 4-6. The ending to me seems very short and almost slammed on the breakers to a complete stop. I would say maybe draw it out a bit and possibly add a little more adventure to the end. Also I think it would be good if maybe it ended with a cliffhanger and then maybe a sequel that would be for grades 6-8. I did really enjoy the book throughout the middle of the ...more
Ansley king
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought that Dream Bender is a good book. I gave it 3 stars because it is not one of my favorites personally. At some parts of the book it would get boring and nothing would happen. But when there was a action scene it would be detailed and very interesting. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Jeremy and Callie met for the first time in the city. And how Callie had no idea who he was. He said,”I know you.” Chapter 15 page 143. I would recommend this book to people who like to imagine ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I thought Dreambender by Ronald Kidd was really interesting and it made me very curious. I loved how it made the reader want to know more and more each chapter. On pages 211-212 I got really mad and sad when this happened :
“its fine,” Callie said “I’m a computer” her hope was gone, snipped off like a lock of hair. And my hope, what shreds of it were left, withered and died.”
I literally wanted to cry because she gave up and forgot Her dreams and what she loved. I would recommend this b

Overall, I thought Dreambender by Ronald Kidd was Okay . I thought the book was okay for multiple reasons. I liked the overall plot and thesis of the book, but it got dull and rushed at times. I wish that it would be more in depth at times. One scene that I liked from this book was the scene where Callie was watching Eleesha paint because it’s really in depth and explained. I would recommend this book to 5th through 8th graders because I think it is too mature to for lower schoolers to read and
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall it was ok. It had a good plot and well thought out, but it wasn’t really my type of book. “Every once in a while, he came across someone whose dreams he couldn’t adjust.” This quote disturbed me, because he just going around changing people’s dreams! That’s weird. If you like science fiction books, this would be a great book. If you like books with lots of action this would be a bad book. I like books that have lots of action and explosions and stuff but Dreambender was a little slow. Th ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall I would give the book a three because it was good but some parts could use some help. I cam came up with these thoughts because I didn’t like some parts. I really liked when Jeremy met Callie and talked to her about the dreamscape, I liked the quote never meet the dreamer never harm the dreamer Always follow the plan. Page 246. I would recommend this book to 5-7 graders. Overall this book was good.
Tatum Overstreet
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I thought that Dreambender by Ronald Kidd was an amazing book. It was an easy book to understand yet so much happened every chapter you just want to keep reading it. I loved when Jeremy went against the council and the rest of the Dreambenders and went to see Callie. I wouldn’t recommend this story to anyone in 3rd grade just because they’re not mature enough but also no one above middle school because this book would seem a little young to them. My overall thought of this book though w ...more
Caroline Davis
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought Dreambender was a great book! I love how you switch perspectives between Callie and Jeremy. I don’t know how Ronald Kidd came up with such great characters. I was so attached to all of them. “We are all hummed to life.The hum becomes a melody,the melody a path, the path the journey.”I think the ending was a little rushed but, it ended me with a few questions.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the book until the end. The end was really rushed and said nothing about what happened after
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Albert Whitman and Company for selecting me to read and review a digital ARC of this book.

You don’t know me. You don’t see me. But I am there. Watching. Helping. Bending your dreams. --Dreambender by Ronald Kidd

After a catastrophic event called “The Warming” destroys Earth as we know it. Life has begun again, but with a very different structure that is guided by “The Plan”. The plan is a specific path and rules that were created to keep the world from another “Warming,”
I would like to thank Albert Whitman & Company + NetGalley for a copy of this e-ARC to review. Though I received this ebook for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.

Goodreads Teaser: "Everyone in the City is assigned a job by the choosers--keeper, catcher, computer. Callie Crawford is a computer. She works with numbers: putting them together, taking them apart. Her work is important, but sometimes she wants more. Jeremy Finn is a dreambender. His job is to adjust people's drea
Nancy Kotkin
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Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
While reading Dreambender I had a Dèjà vu moment..


Here's my face expression while I realized I had already read this story.
The Bible meets Divergent?

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*This book was kindly sent to me via NetGalley by Albert Whitman & Company*

Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in this book. The idea behind it is fascinating, but it was not well carried out. The characters are underdeveloped and unrelatable and the plot is slow and rather boring sometimes.
Karen Gibson
I read that this book was like The Giver which is one of my favorite books for YA readers.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My only complaint was that it seemed to end rather abruptly.
Elizabeth Tharp
Rating: 1.5 stars

Review: I almost did not finish Dreambender, but I struggled through anyway so that I could clearly articulate what I disliked about the book from the perspective of having heard the author out to the end before making my judgment. From the beginning of the story, Dreambender failed to impress me. Almost immediately after starting the book I could not only determine the book’s main theme, but I could predict exactly how the book would end with unfortunate accuracy. Rather than w
Margaret Robbins
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. I thought both of the lead characters, Callie and Jeremy, were interesting and engaging. Some of the minor characters could have been developed a little bit more, but Leif, Dorothy, and Eleesha in particular were intriguing. I noticed some readers were critical of the writing style. I'm inclined to disagree because I thought it was age appropriate for middle school readers. I thought the plot flowed well and had some ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I think that the Idea of changing a person's dreams is alright but the protagonist in the story, Jeremy is not the best fit for the role of a hero in the story since he gives the problem in the story to develop even more. I would like for the antagonist to be more clear in the end. Maybe if there was a corrupt dreambender who was out to destroy every human's dreams and Jeremy would have to go into the dreamscape to find this corrupt dreambender and then ACTUALY be a hero. But I think that in a r ...more
Ruby Trainor
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Callie Crawford is a computer. Everyone is assigned a job, Keeper, Catcher, or Computer. She is not exactly happy but knows no other life. Across Between, live the Dreambenders, a small handful of people who possess a rare genetic gift to enter, and change, people's dreams. They are kept a secret from the society and are used to remove anything bad from the minds of the City citizens. Jeremy lives among them and shows great potential. But, one night he comes across a dream that he just can't bea ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 09, 2022 rated it it was ok
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really like this book because it was different. I have never really read this type of book before and I really like the layout. The way that the headers told you who was telling it. Also how it was not the same person reading it. It was a good book because all of the characters fit in with the story. Also the main character were more deep than the others which I like. My favorite quote was “ Why not it makes me feel good (94).” I chose this quote because she was singing and it made he ...more
Michelle Taylor
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple but so so beautiful

I am a teacher. Right now I teach English and Theatre. But I’ve also taught music: choir, dance, band. So many times when scores are low on dreaded standardized tests, the threat is lobbed that these things I teach will be the first to go. What a dreadful deed to do to ourselves? What a gift to have the option to keep them instead. To see the blossoming of hearts and minds when they are there. Keep them.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, I thought Dreambender by Ronald Kidd was okay. I thought it was okay because it wasn’t interesting and didn’t make sense at the begging of the book. The most compelling scene was when they inter the music place.“It’s more than that,” I said.” It’s the music place.” (195).
I would recommend this book to people who like science fiction. I gave it three stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ because it wasn’t the best book I’ve read and I normally don’t like to read science fiction, but I would recommend this book
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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0liver Beckstead
Jun 18, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I think my overall problem with this book was that I read it expecting it to be a young adult book, because it was in my libraries YA section, but it is very clearly a children's/tween book. Which is fine, and for a Kid's book it has some really cool ideas and the world had a lot of potential, but it all felt very basic to me. Like it was nothing I haven't seen in any other dystopian just without the interesting social commentary. In this book the solution to everything was music which is just k ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
honestly, i was excited about this book. it’s such a cool concept and it had so much potential, but i feel like very little of that was used. granted, it is a kids book which is why i didn’t give it 2 stars, but i still felt like it was disappointing overall. i didn’t really like the characters, either—they were predictable and boring. this isn’t a bad book, just not a very interesting one
Maria RV
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because there's a lot of action and adventure. I also liked this book because there are a lot of setting, and I know that for some people they get really confused because there's to much action, but I think for me there wasn't a lot of action and I didn't get lost only in some parts. ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was different. I'm not sure I've ever read anything quite like it before, at least in the way that it is so general a location. It's weird to think of someone controlling your dreams and thinking it is okay. I also can't imagine a world without music and art. Thought-provoking. ...more
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Ronald Kidd is the author of thirteen novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed “Night on Fire” and “Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial.” His novels of adventure, comedy, mystery, and American history have received the Children's Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, the Library of C ...more

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