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Jake, Lucid Dreamer

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  47 reviews

“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

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Published May 4th 2018 by Kwill Books
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Nesly Clerge
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coping with the loss of a parent may be one of the hardest challenges in life; it certainly reminded me of my recent situation. Losing a loved one is understood as a natural part of life, but are we truly equipped to deal with the sorrow that ensues, the moments of despair, and a life of heartache. What is noticeably apparent is the way the story deals with Jake’s deep despondency. Jake is naturally resilient, but he is still a young man dealing with the untimely death of his mother. Dr. Naiman ...more
Pages For Thoughts
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Jake's emotional struggle can connect to readers far and wide. I know that I was personally touched with the deepness of his rage and internal conflict. Even if one has not felt the loss of a family member, everyone deals with intense emotions at times and difficult conflicts that can be looked at in a different angle. His middle school experience is quite common, and I enjoyed how he uses his intelligence to outwit his bullies. Jake teaches valuable techniques of ...more
This is targeted at Middle Grade readers but, I have to say, I believe it will appeal to older readers, too - I found it an emotive and very moving read. Jake is twelve years old, having problems coping with the untimely death of his Mum which happened four years earlier and being bullied at the Middle School he attends. Suppressing his grief has resulted in Jake having anger issues and very vivid dreams, ones in which he is aware he’s dreaming and is able to manipulate some of the events in the ...more
David Naiman
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thanks, everyone, for your interest in my book!
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
Georgia Ball
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Middle school student Jake’s mother died four years ago. He can’t work through his feelings about her loss on his own and he can’t seem to talk about it with his father or baby sister. Instead, he works through his raging emotions through lucid dreams.

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
Mrs. Y
I was contacted by David Naiman to read his book "Jake the Lucid Dreamer," and I picked it up on Kindle Unlimited. This book is not a very long novel, but I found for the size, it packs a serious emotional punch.

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
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake, Lucid Dreamer is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about a boy learning to deal with the loss of his mother. Although this is a middle grade novel it will appeal to adult readers who can appreciate the wonder years of childhood on the cusp of young adulthood.

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
Damien Black
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-readers
5 Stars: The Forgotten Years

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
Kathleen Pooler
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This coming-of-age young adult novel is told from the point of view of a twelve- year- old boy, Jake, who is grappling with bullies at school and the loss of his beloved mother through cancer. In order to cope, he seeks out answers through his vivid dream world, ultimately learning how to control his feelings and responses to these difficult challenges.

As the grandmother of several middle-school boys, Jake’s voice and story resonated with me. The scenes, dialogue and characters were realistic an
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first I wondered how the seemingly disparate stories of Jake's school life, home life, and dream world would relate to one another. But oh my, they did. The author slowly wove them together so beautifully and brought this reader into the minds and hearts of Jake and his family that, by the end of the book, I shed tears of joy. I highly recommend this novel to children and teens who have lost a parent to help them understand and cope with their inevitable complex emotions. ...more
Billy Buttons
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Jake, Lucid Dreamer
Author: David J. Naiman

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 19
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 8/10
Content: 9/10
Cover: 9/10
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
Roxie Prince
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

‘Jake, Lucid Dreamer’ by David J. Naiman
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Finished on April 26, 2018
FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $2.99 on Kindle

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.

Brett Wilkes
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The story is pretty straightforward, and it's a quick read. It explores the trials and tribulations of Jake, a 12 year old who is overcome with the loss of his mother four years ago and also frustrated with just about everything in life - from school bullies to family drama.

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
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love when I can review a preteen read. This book is amazing. I would recommend it to every parent of a 10-14-year-old. This story is one I hope Little Man will read when he is older.

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
Pat Eroh
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The entire book is amazingly engrossing and enjoyable, plus you just have got to love Jake. A 12-year-old boy who can "sarcasm his way" out of anything, or rather think and use a better method than anger and might to solve his daily problems but just can't face that one truly heartbreaking problem. A great middle-grade story with lots of laughter and fun, plus a pearl of wisdom to hold onto throughout the ages.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review
Tamera Lawrence
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Another stressful day of school with all those annoying people. No wonder I only ever dream about animals.’

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
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman is a beautifully written book, and I have little criticism to make about it. Jake, Lucid Dreamer is about a boy named Jake, a middle schooler who lives with his father and his younger sister. He is dealing with grief of losing his mother, and dealing with how his grief affects himself and others around him. He begins his titular lucid dreaming after his twelfth birthday, going into a fantasy world full of sentient animals, all who seem to have very familiar ...more
Alyssa Chaney
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Check out this review and others at my blog Too Many Ideas !

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
Indie Book Reviews
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dreams… for the dreamer, they’re a fascinating and magical journey through their own subconscious, but to have someone else tell you about their dreams is notoriously dull. With this in mind, David Naiman has taken something of gamble by giving us a book in which at least half of the action takes place in the dreams of the eponymous Jake. However, it is a gamble that pays off, and the many dream sequences which makes up much of the book are artfully linked to Jake’s waking life to deliver a stor ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you could control your dreams, would you ever come back to the uncontrollable and unforgiving reality?

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
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jake is a 12-year-old who lost his mother over 4 years ago, he's also full of a lot of anger. His anger has pushed his friends away, has made it hard to communicate with his father and his sister, and is like a heavy weight around his shoulders. Through Jake's dreaming, he explores entire worlds and characters that make frequent appearances. The difference is that Jake is a lucid dreamer, he can control his words and actions inside the dreams. Unfortunately, just as in school, his dreams have bu ...more
Jill Elizabeth
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely lovely and deftly crafted story this was! It was highly deceptive in its deliverables - a very poignant and masterfull-created journey through life, death, and the aftermath of both masquerading (for much of the book) as a lighthearted tale about unusual dreams and anger-management...

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
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Adults have a tendency to talk down to children. It's like they reach 18 and their inner patroniser awakens. I can honestly say, however, that this book does not do this. Pure, raw emotion is encouraged in this book. This book gives children some excellent growing-up tips, especially if the child has had a raw deal such as losing a family member.

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
Jessica Bronder
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jake is having a hard time processing the sudden loss of his mother four years ago. The twelve year old has anger issues, vivid dreams, the stress of dealing with his home life, and he is getting bullied at school. The dreams seem to be an extension of the events that he is going through in real life. But then he figures out a way to affect the dreams and change the outcomes. As he starts working through his dreams we find that he is finding solutions to his waking problems too.

This is a great
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love children, read

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
Dan Santos
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just emailed David Naiman to thank him for sending me a copy of “Jake, Lucid Dreamer” for my review. I told him I’d take a day or so to find the right words; words which might do justice to this great novel. I lied. No sooner the email whooshed away I started tapping on my iPad. I was that excited.

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
Susan Murphy
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Middle School (which was called Jr. High when I went there) has all the snares, dangers and weirdness it has always had. As did many of us during those years, outside of school were other problems and they often proved overwhelming. We felt that no one else could possibly understand, so we struggle with our problems alone. One of Jake's greatest talents is his ability to think very fast, frequently averting disaster by saying just the right thing on the spot, something I greatly admire. His dee ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A coming of age novel told by a 12 year old boy who has lost his mother to cancer. The character of jake is well crafted. The reader can feel his emotional struggle and anger over his mother's death and the trials of middle school. He has vivid dreams where he learns to control many of the things happening to him. In his day to day life, however, things often feel very out of control. He is dealing with bullying at school and the strong emotions of grief. He doesn't want to tell his father every ...more
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After graduating from Wesleyan University, David J. Naiman obtained 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. Writing nights and weekends, he published the award-winning #1 Amazon bestselling novel Didn't Get Frazzled, a work of humorous medical fiction for adults, under the pen na ...more

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