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Jarred Dreams

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Through the silent, grey streets of Stanbridge he creeps, the Dream Thief who captures the joy of children's dreams and drains the colour from their lives. Until the day that 12-year-old Sade moves into town with her bright blonde curls and love of art.... She knows something is terribly wrong, but can she find out what it is before she loses everything she loves, includin ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 28th 2016 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
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Philippa Mckenna
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbc-paperback
When my copy of this book dropped onto my doormat, it came with a note from the author, Camilla Chester, which said "Be honest, I can take it!". Well, Camilla, I blooming well loved it! Despite this being a book for children and young adults, and me being somewhere in my 40's, I was completely taken in by this somewhat creepy tale of 12 year old Sade's quest to stop the dreaded Dream Thief before it's too late. Sade brings a splash of much needed colour to the dark, grey town of Stanbridge, a to ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a signed copy of this book from TBC in return for an honest review. Camilla put a little note in the book, to say shes thick skinned and don't be afraid to give critical feedback if I felt it needed it, however, I really enjoyed the book. It is aimed at very young adults, but once you get over that and just enjoy the book, it's a really good read.

The town which Sade and her dad moved to was a miserable town after the dream thief took away everyones dreams, making people robot like -
Natasha du Plessis
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book on TBC and downloaded it free from

Silly me pronounced the title wrong thought it was about Jarred that is dreaming instead when I stared reading I found out it was about dreams stored in jars. This short story was very entertaining and appropriate for people of all ages. I loved Sade pronounced Sah-day, and my heart went out to her, trying to find out what happened in her town, what caused The Grey. This was a fast paced read and I could not put this book down
Sue Wallace
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an arc from the book club ( tbc ) on fb in exchange for an honest review.
Though the silent, grey streets of Stanbridge he creeps, the dream thief who captures the joy of children's dreams and drains the colour from their lives.
Wow. Absolutely fantastic read.
I loved the story and the characters.
I loved Sade.
She was my favourite character.
Had me gripped from start to finish.
Wow. What a read.
Loved it.
This is a must read and I would highly recommend this book.
Katrina Bowlin-MacKenzie
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a page turner. I was so drawn into this book that I could not put it down. What a great imagination this author has. The book is fast paced and the characters are great. This is a must read, and will keep you enchanted until the end. Great job.
Katherine Sunderland
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book opens with the chilling description of the Dream Thief. A creature with sickly yellow skin; deep set, hooded black eyes, a large hooked nose, a pointed chin, enlarged ears, gnarled feet and a melted skull. A hideous creature who prowls the streets of Stanbridge every night to "free the people from the torment of their dreams", to make them forget, to rob them of their joy and hope, to drain the world of colour. "To rid the world of dreams is his cause and there is nobody who has the pow ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is written by a 10 year old girl in my class.

Jarred Dreams by Camilla Chester
Jarred Dreams is a gripping magical story that I got pulled into the moment I read the first chapter. The story is about a dream thief: but he is not who you expect at the end.
The story is mostly about a girl named Sade, who notices something unusual in the town she has moved to. There is no colour, no sounds and everything is grey. Sade is not afraid of the dream thief and she knows how to stop it!
Grant Leishman
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Jarred Dreams, by Camilla Chester is essentially a children's book, or perhaps more correctly a teenager's or young adult's book. It is the story of the Dream Thief, who has stolen all the dreams from the people of Stanbridge, which has essentially turned gray, without its people's dreams. The population exists, they don't live.

Into this boring, dull, lifeless world comes twelve-year-old Sade, whose mother is in a coma at Stanbridge Hospital and her father and her have moved to Stanbridge to be
Dominique White
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a simple YA fantasy-fiction horror story that will chill and scare younger teens (who I guess are the target market) yet will raise coherence questions among more genre-savvy older teens. Despite this harsh criticism, the novel has more than enough merits to deserve a 3 star rating from a narrative purist like myself. There are moments of beautiful prose, there is a touch of teenage romance which always sits well with the seasoned older reader of YA fiction, there is suspense and there i ...more
Jon Harayda
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best books for children and teens enjoy a wider audience with adults and this is just that sort of book. A really outstanding first book by Camilla Chester and a clear sign that more of her work will be welcome and much enjoyed! I believe I am her first American reader and I'm certain I won't be the last. Well done! ...more
Jessica O'callaghan
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Good book. Well written and descriptive without being too over the top ; just right. The book had a fairly non believable ending for me though?
Karen Lee
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong Story, epic characters I couldn't put it down! ...more
Renata Savage
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I read the book to my children, who thought it was ok. For me, I felt that the book was quite good but that maybe the ending was rushed somewhat. Saying that, I would still recommend it for anyone looking into this genre.
Mrs M
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written - bit to mystical for me
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Camilla Chester's first two books were both shortlisted in Literary Awards. She writes fast paced adventure stories with lots of twists aimed at 8-12s.


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