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Awa and the Dreamrealm

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What if dreams are more real than waking life?

Life is already complicated enough for Awa Bryant when she starts having weird dreams – waking dreams – and strange coincidences start appearing in her real life.
She meets dreamcharmer, Veila, a quirky glowing creature who helps to guide Awa through the mysterious Dreamrealm.

At first the Dreamrealm is a glorious escape from
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Te Ra Aroha Press
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Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is the second book of Isa Pearl Ritchie and as with the first book I read I was quite amazed with the story. And let's be honest... this cover is amazing! When I saw the author's name I recognized it and I was already excited about the novel, then I saw the cover and I was even more excited.

This is the first novel in a new series and of course a lot of this world is still being uncover, but this start was so good. I love the world so far, all the details and the cultural references that
Anna (BooksandBookends)
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This truly is a magical children’s book, filled with dreams and imagination. Awa’s parents have divorced and she finds herself living with her Mum in an apartment, considerably different to the cosy home she lived in before. She’s having to start a new school in the city and feels like the odd one out immediately. Awa keeps having scary dreams, which seem to keep seeping into reality starting with a starry painted nail. Her magical dreams and spectacular powers make this a phenomenal book and ...more
Jessica Bronder
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awa Bryant is having a tough time lately. Her parents are divorcing, she is moving and starting a new school, has lots of anxiety, and of course the school bully has chosen her to be the new target. But at night when she dreams things start taking a new perspective.

Things seem to be more real than they used to be and she meets Veila, a dreamcharmer that tells Awa she is special and can navigate the Dreamrealm. But the Dreamrealm is not as wonderful as it first seems. There is something off and
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
As a bookworm, there is nothing I love more than introducing new genres and stories to one of my #LittleReaders.

I’m thrilled to welcome my newest recruit, Fiona (aged 11). Fiona is an avid reader and was excited to read Awa’s story even though she hadn’t read the blurb! Don’t you just love the enthusiasm (never mind the faith in my story picking abilities *snorts*)?

According to Fiona’s mum, she devoured the story. As Fiona herself admitted, Awa and the Dreamrealm is not usually the type of
Donna Aquino
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Personally, I have not read any middle grade books recently and Awa and the Dreamrealm was such a refreshing change to the usual Fantasy books I’ve been reading for the past few months. This book was such a fun read, it was also easy to follow as well.

As I was reading, there were moments where I had to stop and think, was this how a middle grade book is nowadays? Then I remembered myself during those times as well and I realize how
Tessa Pulyer
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Awa’s mom ended up being my favorite character. I’m always drawn to characters that fight injustice head-on, and that is precisely what she does. A mom that, despite being caught up in an emotional transition herself, never loses sight of Awa’s needs or fails to notice when Awa is struggling emotionally. When she finds out that Awa is being bullied (socially) by a girl in her new school, she doesn’t accept the way the principal plans on handling it. Instead, she insists on her
Jenny Goff
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is very imaginative and fun to read. Awa is dealing with family issues, moving to a new house, and trying to make friends at a new school, when she starts having these vivid dreams where she feels like she is in another world. She starts to wonder if this dream world is real or just a part of her imagination. I thought the story line was very creative as Awa was having all of these adventures in this new world and then switching back to her regular, everyday world when she would wake ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awa and the Dreamrealm is a unique middle-grade fantasy novel that will thrill readers of all ages.

Awa is a lucid dreamer, which means she can manipulate her dreams to do what she wants (like fly, for example). But being a lucid dreamer isn't the only thing that's unique about her. When Awa finds herself talking to a glowing peach-colored "fairy" named Veila, she discovers she's one of the rare people who can navigate the Dreamrealm. But something strange is going on in the Dreamrealm, and it's
Kayleigh Brown
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read books in this genre before and about dreams or dreaming and was pleasantly surprised by the unique and very different story. A young girl on the fringes of becoming a teenager has so much going against her, parents are divorcing she’s had to leave the house she loves and start a new school. She is haunted at night during sleep of her past life until she meets a fairy like creature who takes her on a fantastical and magical journey into a world beyond dreaming, the dreamrealm. Where ...more
Leah M
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book a lot. Awa is not perfect, but she’s a great role model. It’s important to have characters who are diverse, and Awa fits the bill. She is multiracial and deals with anxiety, but doesn’t let it get in her way. She is friendly and kind, and is someone that most people can find something in common with. The writing is beautiful. While it is intended for middle grade readers, the concepts might be a little
Melanie Harding-Shaw
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review from my 10-year old son: I feel like it's real when I dream, too! A great source of adventure, good, evil, action and more! I definitely need the second one!
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Isa Pearl Ritchie is a Wellington-based writer. She grew up in the Waikato as a Pakeha child in a bicultural family and Maori was her first written language. She has completed a PhD on food sovereignty in Aotearoa. She is passionate about food, wellbeing and social justice. ...more