July 9, 2013

Awake and dreaming

Awake and Dreaming
by Kit Pearson

Nine-year-old Theo and her young, irresponsible mother, are trapped in a miserable, poverty-stricken life. Sad and lonely, Theo dreams about belonging to a real family like the ones she reads about in books. When her mother takes up with a new boyfriend, Theo is sent to live with her aunt in Victoria. During the ferry trip, she makes a wish on the new moon and is amazed when it comes true. She wakes up as part of a perfect family, with caring parents and four brothers and sisters. Now she has new clothes, good friends, and the security of knowing that she is wanted. But as time passes, the magic literally fades, and Theo finds herself back in the real world.  

Kit Pearson has created a wonderful character in Theo, whose thoughts and emotions are instantly relatable. The story itself is realistic and believable, even though a ghost helps Theo through her troubles. This fantasy element is so seamlessly woven into the novel that it can be accepted easily.

A captivating read that is highly recommended.

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