Summer Reading is upon us here at the library, and this year’s teen theme is “Own the Night.” You can sign up at any library location, and finishing enters you into a drawing for fabulous prizes. There are also plenty of nifty programs scheduled for you to attend. Dreams go along well with this theme, so this month I will highlight several books in which dreams play a part. I tried to stay away from stories with nightmares (I like to reserve those for October), although you might consider one of them rather nightmarish.
Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King
Lucky Linderman has a less than ideal life. He is mercilessly bullied, and no one, especially his dysfunctional parents, seems to be able to help. To escape from his daily problems, he dreams he is a soldier during the Vietnam War, navigating the jungles of Laos in search of his captured grandfather. He’s also followed around by ants who make random comments on his life. This is a good read if you like something out of the ordinary.
The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensburger
I must warn you. This is a book about math. I know that doesn’t sound very exciting, but this is such a cool book that I couldn’t help but recommend it. Through twelve dream sequences, the Number Devil shows a math-hating boy the amazing things that numbers can do.
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye
Young Lev is taken away from his miserable home life and tasked with protecting the gateway to the land of Foo, a magical realm from which dreams and imagination come. His companions are, as you might expect, quite imaginative. This isn’t your standard fantasy quest story. First book in the Leven Thumps series.
Have a great summer everyone. I hope you have some great reading ahead of you.