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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  41 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
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,” a
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Big thanks to Albert Whitman & Company.

"Watching Dreams was like looking into someone’s heart. It was magnificent, and it was awful.”

In this post-apocalyptic world, devoid of artistic expression and machinery, Jeremy is a Dreambender. His job is to manipulate dreams to keep people on the straight and narrow by doing so. And he has an amazing gift for it... until he’s forced to bend Callie's dream. She’s a computer, who is slow
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
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?

Read more on The Serial Reader Blog

*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
Jul 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would rate Dreambender byRonald Kidd 4 stars for many reasons. First of all, the book isn't written in a biased tone because it is from the point of view of 2 different characters from both sides of the story. This way, you get to look at 2 different interpretations of the problem. Next, this book educates you on important things, such as the true meaning of freedom. The characters teach you that proper freedom is when you have the freedom to do something rather than being free from something. ...more
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
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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.
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.
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
Kelis Fraser
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!,it had wonderful writing style it showed how the characters felt in all the issues and problems that they were facing throughout the story.The vocabulary is very well writing and linked into all the right places.
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.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good development
Allison Sirovy
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty predictable book, but I think middle school students would find it interesting.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was super good kind of strange at first but you will get used to it
Andria Sedig
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Set in an undefined future after the Warming, dream benders peek in on people's dreams, altering them to ensure peace and compliance in the City. But Jeremy has a lot of questions, and these questions can sometimes get him in trouble. This is the case when he peeks in on Cassie's dream, and refuses to alter the music that's in it. He is now questioning the correctness of the society that he lives in, and sets out to meet the dreamer.


This book reminded me a lot of the Giver, which isn't nece
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Jan 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, 2016
Review originally published 19 February 2016 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley.

Oh dear. This was not a good book. I wouldn't have finished this book if it wasn't an ARC. Thankfully now the remainder of my year's reading should all be uphill from here!

The story falls extremely short of the copy description, which seems full of potential. Unfortunately there is nothing more to the story. All aspects (world building, character development, prose, etc.) lack any
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Callie Crawford is a thirteen-year-old girl who is a Computer. As a Computer, she works with numbers, putting them together and taking them apart. Everyone in the City has a place in society. The Warming is a time when people relied on machines. However, machines are taboo to talk about and same goes for war, violence, art and music. Callie has always wondered what is beyond the City. She is curious about what life is like without so many rules. What if people can choose their own jobs?

Jeremy Fi
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Slow moving and boring, wouldn't recommend. But it had a good idea.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it

Publisher: Albert Whitman

Publishing Date: March 2016


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.4/5

Publishers Description: 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 t
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I went into this book blind, so I had no clue what it was about. I think that really made the experience much more enjoyable, and I had a fun time reading the book. It did take me a while to get through though and while I had fun reading it it wasn't the greatest book.

The plot was definitely the best part of the book because it kept me trapped in the entire time I was reading it. It was so original and the characters were so new that the reader just gets caught up into the story. I thought Jerem
Cindy Mullin
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this subdued dystopian story. The entire time I was reading it I felt Jonas from them Giver fluttering in my subconscious. Although there were many similarities, I like the direction that Kidd took with this story. I liked the connection that was made between machines and Global Warming. The idea that each person was assigned a job like Callie who was a computer and Jeremy the dream bender. It was Jeremy's job to keep everyone focused on their work and not on their personal wants and d ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
After surviving the Warming humans are taking look at how to avoid another world catastrophe. Unfortunately that means removing things that make human existence worth living; hope, music, love and dreams. Dream benders enter people’s dreams and stop them from experiencing and maybe following through on violent and destructive actions. When the people from the City and the Between discover what is going on, one dream bender realizes they are ruining peoples lives. This unique look at an apocalypt ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Dreambender is a futuristic fantasy novel. After the warming people live in The City where their jobs are chosen for them. Music is banned as are machines. Jeremy is a dream bender. He goes into other people's dreams and bends them to fix them. He removes dreams about forbidden things. Jeremy is content until he enters the dream of a girl who dreams of singing. The beauty of her dream challenges what he's been raised to believe. This a great novel for upper elementary and younger middle school s ...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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