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The Dreamsnatcher (Volume 1) Paperback – 1 March 2015
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'Powerfully imagined action, dangers and battles. Thrilling.' ― The Sunday Times
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Children's UK (1 March 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471122689
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471122682
- Reading age : 9 years and up
- Dimensions : 1.91 x 13.34 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 340,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moll Pecksniff finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the forest by her recurring nightmare, filled with drums and rattles. Little does she know, the Dreamsnatcher is calling her and his reasons are as sinister as they come.
As Moll is finally told the truth behind how she came to live in the Ancient Wood with Oak, Mooshie and the other gypsies, she finds herself in grave danger. She must summon all of her courage if she is to defeat the Dreamsnatch. With her wildcat, Gryff, and her friend, Alfie, she seeks out the meanings of the bone readings and sets out to ensure the Bone Murmur isn't destroyed…
From the gruesome opening, to the nail-biting ending, this book had me on the edge on my seat. Moll’s feisty, outspoken character springs to life off the page, followed swiftly by the darkness that seeks to destroy her. An outstanding debut that I'm delighted is a series; I know exactly which pupil I'm going to lend it to first!
Great for fans of Harry Potter, Michelle Harrison and Eva Ibbotson.
(However, I'm presently reading the sequel, which speaks volumes . . . if you'll excuse the pun. Furthermore, I've already bought the third in the series!)
For me there were a few episodes which went on a little too long, but the writing and the characterisation was strong. I liked Moll, Siddy and Alfie and their relationships. The humour made me smile too - I loved Sid's pets. And the setting was believable and real.
The story picked up speed in the second half and then (for me at least) it morphed into a page-turner.
Abi Elphinstone is an author harbouring bucket-loads of talent and imagination.
The Dream Snatcher tells the story of an orphaned gypsy girl called Moll who lives among other gypsies in a mysterious forest. Skull, an evil witchdoctor in the camp across the river, wants Moll dead. She embarks on a quest to find lost talismans that can help her defeat Skull’s evil plans.
As the tale moves, Moll finds out more and more about her lost parents. The writing is enchanting and the relationships Moll has with her best friend, Siddy, the dubious Alfie and her wild cat, Griff are well rounded and engaging. The imagery in the book(dark forest, ancient riddles, voodoo, etc) together with the fiery, determined and endearing nature of Moll, make this a wonderful book for children. At it’s heart it is a story about good against evil that children will love and understand.
It might be a little scary at times for younger ones. Skull does want Moll dead and the forest can be a dangerous place and Skull is a truly menacing antagonist. But kids love that sort of thing too and I don’t think it’s overdone.
The story has a fairy tale feel to it and an electric pace that just keeps the pages turning. I particularly liked the subliminal message that gypsies are the good guys. It’s about time that commonly held prejudices against travellers are excised from our psyche.