Finished: Aug. 23, 2007
Reason for Reading: Lois Lowry is a favourite author and this is my first book for the RIP Challenge
First Published: 2006
Genre: YA fantasy
An owl called, its shuddering hoots repeating mournfully in the distance.
Recommend: This is a beautiful, sweet tale. It is also a sad, haunting tale. Humans are visited each night by almost transparent creatures who bestow dreams upon them; they are also visited, occasionally, by the terrifying, thundering night mares. On rare occasions, the night mares will congregate into a Horde and descend upon a helpless one and eight-year-old John is their next victim. I loved the beauty of this story, the words, the images and then, in contrast, the topics of child and spousal abuse strike a painful balance. This is a short read, but an emotional and satisfying one.