Through the silent, grey steets of Stanbridge he creeps, the Dream Thief who captures the joy of children's dreams and drains the colour from their lives. Until the day that 12-year-old Sade moves into town with her bright blonde curls and love of art...Sade knows something is terribly wrong, but can she find out what it is before she loses everything she loves, including her own dreams?
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Camilla lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two young daughters. She originally trained as a Primary School Teacher, has worked mostly in the charitable and voluntary sector, but now runs a small dog walking business.
Camilla has written children’s fiction all her life and uses her daily walks with the dogs to imagine and develop plot ideas and characters. Camilla obtained a distinction in the Open University Creative Writing Diploma and plays an active part in both an on-line and a local writing group. She believes strongly in the importance of reading for all children, to promote literacy, and open them up to new worlds of imagination and creativity.
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by Camilla Chester
Pub. Matador (2016)
If you are looking for a riveting, can’t-put-it-down book in the Young Fiction category, this is it! CPID highly recommends Jarred Dreams.
From the first page, Camilla Chester’s story seizes your attention. You are immediately drawn into a world, shrouded in mystery. There’s no escape. You are hooked! You have to know what’s on the next page.
With colour (or the absence of it) as a significant back-drop, Chester develops an intriguing story-line. There is something out there, lurking in the shadows, methodically and cruelly stripping the colour away from everyone’s lives by stealing their dreams. This something imprisons these precious dreams in jars which are kept in the cellar of a derelict house. This something needs to be stopped.
Chester writes the lead character convincingly. Sade (Sah-Day) is a bright, determined and believable twelve-year-old girl. It becomes clear that Sade and her father must relocate, to be near to Sade’s hospitalised mother. Chester writes sensitively and touchingly about Sade’s reactions to the move, her mother’s coma and her relationship with her barely-coping father.
In her new town of Stanbridge, Sade’s life is turned on its head. Her lively, colourful life is threatened. Little by little, everyone’s lives in the town and at school are being sucked down into a grey, hopeless, zombie-like state. Sade has to know why. Her greatest fear is that her father will be the next one to sink into this monochrome land of The Grey. Whatever demonic force has caused this decay, Sade determines to put a stop to it. Despite the assistance of the few friends she has made, Sade finds that she, alone, must face the miscreant – the Dream Catcher.
Camilla Chester paints her enticing story with skilful, carefully-placed brush strokes. As the story unfolds, so the whole picture becomes clear.
Review by Judy Brulo 2017