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Friday, June 13, 2014

YA Book Review: DreamTreaders by Wayne Thomas Batson

Book #1 in a trilogy from fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson ,
explores the concept of dreams and their effects on us.


People are fascinated by dreams, and the Bible has a great deal to say about them. From Jacob’s dream of the heavenly stairway in Genesis 28 to angels visiting Joseph during dreams in Matthew 1 to the Apostle John’s “waking dream” from which he obtained the book of Revelation—dreams have been powerful ingredients of God’s plan as revealed through Scripture.
Fourteen-year-old Archer Keaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord, who wreaks chaos in the Dream World. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.
Rigby Thames, the new kid from England, builds a suspicious rock star-like following at Dresden High School a little too quickly. Even Archer’s best friend and confidant, Kara Windchil, seems taken in by the cool guy with the wild blond hair, which definitely rubs Archer the wrong way. Archer must face two foes in two worlds, but he cannot succeed alone. Archer sets off to find other dreamtreaders in a desperate attempt to defeat the enemy terrorizing his friends and family.


This book is aimed at ages 8-12, and it brrings epic fantasy, with a biblical base, to middle grade readers, who may be looking for their next 'Harry Potter' type series! I would recommend reading the first couple of chapters yourself and being able to answer the question that your child will have, which is pretty much- "Is Archer dreaming or in the 'real' world'? It can be a little confusing in the middle, but it does sort it out by Chapter 4, but you just need to keep your kid reading! This is a fast paced book, once you get past the hesitant start! Batson does a great job in leaving some questions unanswered, to keep his readers waiting for book 2 (Dreamtreaders: Search for the Shadow Key, due out in December of this year- perfect for Christmas giving for fans of this book!) 

About the Author:

Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Door Within trilogy, The Isle series, and The Berinfell series. As a middle school reading teacher, and school pastor, Wayne writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that we all dream of doing something that matters. 


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