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Into the Dream

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Paul has a recurring nightmare, about a small boy in awful danger. When he learns that his classmate Francine has it, too, the two of them join forces to solve the mystery and save the boy--before their bad dream becomes a terrifying reality."Tightly woven suspense and an ingenious, totally involving plotline make this a thriller of top-notch quality." --Booklist ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Puffin Books (first published June 5th 1979)
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Nov 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2011
This has always been a long time favorite of mine from when I was younger. I even still have my original copy. It is is dog-eared and worn from frequent reading. I'm not sure what it is about this one that has always stuck with me. After reading it as an adult, I still love it!

The author throws you right into the story and it doesn't slow down until the end. Every night, Paul has started to have the same weird dream that haunts him during the day. He then finds out his classmate, Francine, is ha
Melody Siracusa
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first read this book when I was eight years old, and absolutely loved it. It had everything: telepathy, telekinesis, UFOs, kids on the run from evil government agents, and a psychic dog! I reread it a few years ago, and it still holds up.
Robert Davis
I read this book some 35 years ago, when I was just 12. I remember liking it very much. Then the years passed, I forgot about it, almost entirely. I had this itch to find it again, but I couldn't remember the title, or much else about it, except Stardust Motel. That wasn't much to go on for sure, and I probably would never have found it again, if it weren't for this goodreads group discussion:
- What's The Name of That Book??? -

Then it all slowly came bac
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i've been asking people if anyone remembers this book for months and just found out about a group on goodreads called "What's the Name of that Book?"
and it was solved within hours! how exciting. i'm going to check it out from the library and read it again soon. i remember it being really good.
Chris Thompson
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably the most powerful takeaway from William Sleator's, Into the Dream, is his insightful look into how a person views others and themselves, and how those views may change. The telepathic link between two characters serves to illuminate this even more strongly. While readers may be intrigued by the sci-fi/fantasy of the telepathy and UFOs, or horrified by the recurring dream had by the main character, Paul, and foreboding something terrible, or enraptured by the pseudo romantic comedy as yo ...more
Dec 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, children especially
This book has haunted the back of my mind for years. The idea of shared dreams, the haunting black and white image of the Ferris Wheel in the distance, and the word Stardust have popped into my head randomly over the years. I could never remember more, like the image of a dream chased away by morning. Very unlike the circumstances in this book, as it happens.

I suppose that this is just a child's book about a couple of kids given telepathy by a UFO that appeared behind a motel while they were sle
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorite books as a kid. (This is a re-print. I think it had a different title when I bought it from Scholastic in school.) It was creepy and fascinating and I LOVED the ambiance the author set. It really fired my imagination. This author has a disturbing knack for throwing your center of gravity off just a bit. I’ve always wanted to spend a night in The Stardust motel. Perhaps “they” will contact me. ;)
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010s, pre-1990, rereads, 2018
Read this book when I was a kid and it absolutely hooked me. How much did it hook me? Well, I'm now 41 years old and still think of it once in a while. Being a big dog lover may help, but the book is just a roller coaster story with great emotion and lots of "cool" aspects for a kid to fawn over, like telepathy. ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have been trying to find this book for years despite only remembering fragments of the story. Clearly it made quite an impression when I was a child!
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first two thirds of the story is great. It then seems the author ran into a deadline and had to rush the final third of the story. For example, the dark hulking creature (view spoiler) The final third is still good but seem sloppy.

As it's largely about human relationships, the story is not dated despite being 40 years old.

A modern edition would make Paul and Francine more equal in term
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: e
Shelves: 18, science-fiction
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I binged on William Sleator's books as a kid, and I honestly don't remember if I ever read this one. For a book involving UFOs, ESP, and a telekinetic kid, it's kind of forgettable and generic. I want to believe (!) that I'd have loved this as a kid, when these ideas were fresher, but it's just familiar enough to make me think I read it once and never bothered again. ...more
Maxie Froelicher
So I found this book in my basement and decided to read it before donating it and it took me... less than two hours. I haven’t read a children’s novel in a really long time so I don’t think I can accurately review this but it was interesting to say the least.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so so good! A friend lent me this following her rediscovering it, her favorite childhood book. Wish I had read it when I was the age of its target audience, but nonetheless, a great story, suspenseful, and well-written enough that bibliophiles can get into it!
Alex Kingsley
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
was absolutely obsessed with this book as a kid. got me into sci fi
Sehaj Kaur
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a thriller and science fiction. It makes you want to read it completely before you put it down.
Sarah Rigg
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really dug William Sleator and read a lot by him when I was ages 10-12ish. I know I read this one for pleasure in 7th grade because I mentioned it in my journal from that time.
Jessica Mccarthy
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yay for YA revisitations! There were a few phrases that I realized I’ve stolen from Sleator for over 3 decades.
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Very much a childrens'/YA book, but enjoyable for what it is. This was one of my favorite William Sleator books when I was in middle school. ...more
Katy Lovejoy
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel like October is my read books I would never in a million years read otherwise month
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
As the reader you had no idea where the book was going to go; that made me read until I finished it all. I liked how the mystery came about and how it was resolved. It was such a good book!
Matthew Russell
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
One of the first novels I ever read as a kid, and it made me love science fiction and fantasy, and William Sleator. It sparked my own imagination, where I started to make up my own stories and eventually write them down.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love William Sleator, but... no. This is bad. Bad. It's possible that it would be less bad if I were a child and couldn't actually see all the plot holes and ridiculous leaps this book makes, but that's a bummer too, because kids don't deserve poorly written books just because they're kids.

(I actually finished this a few weeks ago, so pardon my forgetting all the characters names.)

So Boy Protagonist has a recurring dream that gets worse - more vivid, more terrifying, more realistic - every ni
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Telepathy, precognition, and aliens - a fascinating mixture! William Sleator has a gift for creating thought-provoking problems and then dropping teens in to try to solve them. Here, Paul and Francine discover that they're having the same recurrent nightmare. They have to work together to figure it out - which also means figuring out how to work together, as they're not immediately compatible. The evolution of their friendship takes place in tandem with the unraveling of the mystery. The denouem ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This is from the random bookshelf that I am currently reading from for my own books and random bookshelf challenge I created for myself. William Sleator is my favourite YA horror writer.

I thought I'd read this one before but could not recall the story at all while reading it and now don't believe I have. This book is atypical of the usual Sleator book. It is written for a younger audience, not his usual teen audience. The two protagonists are twelve and the writing is simple,
I loved this book when I first read it years ago. I would re read it every so often but I could never remember the title for some reason so I would search the young adult section at my local library and look at all the books with the sci fi genre sticker until I found it. I was hooked from the first chapter and probably read it in one or two sittings. I was drawn in by the protagonists quest and couldn't wait for them to discover the origins of their strange dreams. The resolution didn't disappo ...more
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift. It has some interesting ideas in it. Certainly there's mystery, but the build-up to danger and the resolution didn't quite match in magnitude. For me, it was nice to read it through but it's not something I would return to again and again. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I were younger. ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. As usual, William Sleator's beginning isn't too strong, but the middle is better. The climax really is very good, but the solution the two protagonists come up with is just...ridiculous. It makes me upset how ridiculous it really is. It doesn't solve anything and almost makes it worse.

This is really the first Sleator book I haven't enjoyed. I'm hoping it's his only dud.
Lori Bland
It's a good book for students in 4th to 6th grade. It's a high interest scifi story that doesn't lack in imagination or action. It does seem a bit choppy in parts but overall is a good read for kids. I teach 6th grade and do a small group novel study with this book and the kids always love the story. ...more
Gaaaahhh!!! I found it!!!!! I read this book in the early-mid 90's and I remember loving it! It had enough of an impact on me that I've thought about it off and on over the years but I could never remember the title. SOLVED! I think I'll have to pick it up from the library and see if it's as wonderfully odd as I remember :) ...more
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William Warner Sleator III was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on February 13, 1945, and moved to St. Louis, MO when he was three. He graduated from University City High School in 1963, from Harvard in 1967 with BAs in music and English.

For more than thirty years, William Sleator thrilled readers with his inventive books. His House of Stairs was named one of the best novels of the twentieth cent

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