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Wake by Lisa McMann
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Jul 26, 2009

it was amazing

Loved this book! Janie is the protagonist in Wake, and she can get into other people's dreams... make that nightmares. For a teenager, this causes many problems, considering she blacks out during the dream episodes and is weak following them. Oh, and let's not forget that to everyone else she looks like she's having a full-blown seizure and can't control when she gets pulled into the dreams. No one knows about her dream catching, that is until Cabe comes along. Cabe comes from the same bad side of town and just happens to be one of the people whose dreams Janie often encounters. She finally lets him into her secret, just as he seems to be pulling away. I don't want to give away the last events in the book because it's surprising but in a good way. Let's just say there's a happy ending and Janie's powers are going to be used in a positive manner for future readings!

I would recommend this book for seventh to ninth-grade students. Just note that it is written in third-person and italics mark the dream sequences, so it might be tough for some students to first decode that. There is some sexual content, but not enough to cause a stir. I think boys and girls would both like this book, but girls might be more enthusiastic. It's another book to use in literature circles.

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