Jake, Lucid Dreamer
“A fantastical tale with a powerful message” raves SPR.
Award-winning novel: 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award First Place winner for Middle Grade fiction; 2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Pre-teen fiction - Mature Issues; 2018 International Book Award Silver Medal Winner Readers' Favorite for Coming of Age
12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his h...more
Here is the 5* review by Kris Rondon for Readers' Favorite:
Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman deals in a fictional, heart wrenching manner with what occurs after the death of a parent and how children can handle such a loss. Twelve-year-old Jake is grappling with the loss of his mother who passed away 4 years ago after a harrowing sickness. To deal with his loss, Jake escapes into the world of dreams. After four years, Jake’s father is still str ...more
Beautifully written in Jake’s natural voice, Jake, Lucid Dreamer leads Jake through his grief as he comes to terms with his rage, resentment, hurt, and loneliness after losing his mother to cancer. Hearing about someone’s dreams is usually about as ...more
I know when I was a young girl that I struggled with two things in Highschool that stuck with me through life. Primarily, the grieving of a family member who died abruptly, even though said family member struggled. For me, that was my grandfather, whom I loved dearly but died of kidney ...more
Tackling the subject of the loss of a parent from a 12-year-old's perspective is not an easy feat. Author David J. Naiman not only succeeds in doing that but he easily immerses the reader into the world of Jake, a pre-teen who is just ...more
I can attest to not knowing how to advise on coping with a death of a family member because of my distance relationship with my own family. With the loss of a parent I can imagine being devastating for any child, the challenges for Jake in “Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman seems overwhelming for any middle schooler, but Jake is an impressive resilient young man navigating life four years after his mother’s death. Dr. Naiman writes vivid dreams and imageries tha ...more
As the grandmother of several middle-school boys, Jake’s voice and story resonated with me. The scenes, dialogue and characters were realistic an ...more
Title: Jake, Lucid Dreamer
Author: David J. Naiman
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 19
Writing Style: 8/10
Of the 19 readers:
17 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
19 felt it was easy to follow.
18 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
7 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
12 felt the a ...more
‘Jake, Lucid Dreamer’ by David J. Naiman
Finished on April 26, 2018
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Twelve-year-old Jake has not yet come to terms with the death of his mother four years ago. His grief manifests as misdirected anger and through vivid nightmares. When he realizes he can control himself in the dream world, things begin to change.
A few months ago, I read an eBook called Didn't Get Frazzled, which I enjoyed quite a bit. But it was way too adult to share with my kids, though I would have loved to. If you feel the same way I did, then Jake, Lucid Dreamer is the answer. It's a completely different kind of book, but one that's perfect for kids. Or adults. But really more so kids. There is some light profanity in the text, but no words beginning with the sixth letter of the alphabet. And there's no sex or other material that w ...more
Initially, I was very excited to read this book as it sounded very intriguing, and while it started off great, pulling me in right from the get-go and making me feel a lot of compassion for Jake and his family, the story soon ...more
There are so many teachable moments and life lessons in this book. It moved me and was written in a way to capture readers of any age. There are swear words but let's face it, any kid in preteenage has probably heard them. However, it was not excessive and played a point in the morals of the story.
Jake is a boy in ...more
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The teen years are a time of growth and change. It’s one of the hardest times for some kids, especially those who are bullied by their peers. And twelve-year old Jake is on the receiving end. After losing his precious mother, Jake has withdrawn into himself, struggling with his feelings and awkward family life. His dad is trying to play both parent roles, while his younger sister seems to be unaffected by their mother’s loss. Jake finds so ...more
Maryland author David J. Naiman graduated from Wesleyan University then earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and trained in the primary care internal medicine program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. JAKE, LUCID DREAMER is actually his second novel: for his initial debut – DON’T GET FRAZZLED, a terrific, hilarious novel about life as a medical student ...more
A special thank you to Netgalley and Kwill Books for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
David J Naiman's Jake, Lucid Dreamer features Jake, his little sister, and his dad four years after his mom died. Jake is just now coping with his mother's death and moving on from the emotions he has kept bottled up about it through his dreams.
I thought the plots concerning Jake at school were really interesting, and I ...more
Jake is a 12 year old boy battling the hostile territory of middle school while also learning how to cope with the death of his mother. Naturally, anger builds up and his denial of being “not okay” threatens to tear him away from his family, not physically, but emotionally.
Jake, Lucid Dreamer is now a permanent addition to my library. There are so many life lessons to be taught in this short ...more
Jake lost his mother. Literally and figuratively. And he's lost himself, trying to live every day as though this loss is (a) bearable, (b) not crushing him, and (c) not responsible for his reactio ...more
The story is written with sensitivity. At times, I was gulping back tears so, yes, this is a book that will have children and adults welling up. Jake's ...more
This is a great ...more
Jake, The Lucid Dreamer
This early teen matured in his feeling by using his dreams in a special way. After finishing reading I needed to better understand lucid dreaming.
An expert asked “What does ‘lucid dreaming’ mean?” Even though the term "lucid" means clear, lucid dreaming is more than just having a clear dream. To have a lucid dream you must know that it’s a dream while you’re dreaming. That's it. It doesn't require that you can control anything in your dream, thou ...more
That he’s a great writer there is no doubt. I told him how I compared his novel with another book that touched my heartstrings: David Wroblewski’s “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.” Both novels show thei ...more
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