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The Dream Where the Losers Go
By author: Beth Goobie
Selling Points: Suicide, dreaming, gangs
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Pages: 208
Fiction Ages 14+
Price:  $8.95
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She began dreaming about him in the dark dream, the one with the endless tunnels, stone walls that slid by cold under her fingertips, invisible because it was too dark to see. Hand outstretched, she would move forward, never knowing if she was progressing toward an exit or if at some point she had turned around and begun moving back toward the place she had come from, a place she could not remember.

No one knows why she hurt herself, least of all Skey. After five long months in treatment for self-destructive behavior, Skey continues to dream of dark tunnels with mysterious designs carved into their stone walls, a place where she is safe and alone. Then she encounters another dreamer, a boy her own age, dreaming the same dream, wandering the same tunnels. A boy with secrets much like her own.

While trying desperately to remember what happened that sent her away and who the boy is that she met in the dream tunnels, Skey's life plummets farther out of control. When she realizes her friends do not have her best interests at heart and they may be the reason she is lost, Skey must face her fears and the truth of the dream tunnels, and find her way back to solid reality.
Alan Review - November 1, 2006
"Goobie has great skill at creating imperfect characters readers can relate to."
VOYA - October 1, 2006
"Goobie's writing is deft and evocative…Will resonate deeply with readers."
Resource Links - April 1, 2006
"Wow! Wow! Wow! Beth Goobie has written an amazingly hard hitting story that will shake you to your core...A future award winner and a gripping read."
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - May 5, 2005
"[A] frightening story of the power of peer pressure...Goobie's polished prose effectively weaves the dream sequences into this story."


ALA Best Books for Young Adults, long-listed  US  2007
Tayshas List, commended  US  2007
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2006
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, commended  US  2007
PSLA Top Forty, commended  US  2006
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007

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