Monday, July 23, 2012

12 Dreams to Interpret

Rest, and dream a little dream this summer -- here is the third book list of the season inspired by the "Own the Night" teen summer reading theme, from newly published to classic, the list includes fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, magic realism, mystery, and paranormal romance.  At the end you will find a few nonfiction titles for interpreting dreams. 
A look in the catalog revealed that we did not have any titles on the subject of lucid dreaming, so I've ordered two (how to) lucid dreaming books for the library's collection.  Look for them (Lucid Dreaming; and Dreaming Yourself Awake) in the new book display in the teen area in August.


Alphabet of Dreams, by Susan Fletcher, 2006.  Mitra, and her brother whose dreams foretell the future, flee for their lives in the company of the magus Melchoir, and two other Zoroastrian priests, traveling through Persia as they follow star signs leading to Bethlehem. Genre: Historical Fiction. Awards: Oregon Book Awards: Leslie Bradshaw Award for Y.A. Literature. YALSA Best Books for Y.A.: 2007.

Blue Is For Nightmares, by Laurie Faria Stolarz, 2003.  16-year-old hereditary witch Stacey Brown has nightmares of her roommate being murdered and hopes that her magick will be enough to protect Drea--unlike the last person whose death Stacey dreamed. First book in series. Genre: Occult Fiction.  Award: YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: 2005

The Blue Girl, by Charles de Lint, 2004.  New at her high school, Imogene enlists the help of her introverted friend Maxine and the ghost of a boy who haunts the school after receiving warnings through her dreams that soul-eaters are threatening her life. Genre: Urban Fantasy.  Awards: Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan): Grades 9-12. White Pine Award (Ontario). YALSA Best Books for Young Adults: 2005.

Dreamhunter, by Elizabeth Knox, 2006.  In a world where select people can enter "The Place" and find dreams of every kind to share with others for a fee, a 15-year-old girl is training to be a dreamhunter when her father disappears, leaving her to carry on his mysterious mission.  First book in duet.  Genre: Fantasy.  Awards: Booklist Editors' Choice-Books for Youth-Older Readers Category: 2006.  LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Esther Glen Award.  YALSA Best Books for Y.A.: 2007.

Dreamrider, by Barry Jonsberg, 2008.  Harangued by his father about his weight and bullied in all the many schools he has attended, Michael finds comfort in his ability to experience "lucid" dreaming but then notices that the things that happen in his dreams are starting to occur in the real world as well. Genre: Fantasy. Award: Children's Book Council of Australia: Notable Australian Children's Books: Older Readers.

Einstein's Dreams, by Alan Lightman, 1993.  Fictionalizes Albert Einstein as a young scientist in 1905 who is troubled by dreams, each one with a different concept of time.
Genre: Science Fiction, Biographical Fiction.

Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King, 2012.  Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, 15-year-old Lucky dreams of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective. Genre: Realistic Fiction, Humorous.  Award: YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults: 2012

The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin, 1971.  George Orr discovers that his dreams possess the remarkable ability to change the world, and when he falls into the hands of a power-mad psychiatrist, he counters by dreaming up a perfect world that can overcome his nightmares.  Genre: Science Fiction, Classic.  Award: Locus Awards: SF Novel.

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, 1998.  Annoyed with his math teacher who assigns word problems and won't let him use a calculator, twelve-year-old Robert finds help from the number devil in his dreams. Genre: Fantasy, Mathematics.  Awards:  ALA Notable Children's Books: 1999. YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound - Science and Technology: 2004.

Sleepless, by Cyn Balog, 2010. Eron, a supernatural being known as a Sandman whose purpose is to seduce humans to sleep, falls in love with a sad teenaged girl who is mourning her boyfriend's death.  Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance.
The Song of the Whales, by Uri Orlev, 2010.  Mikha'el knows he is different from other boys, but over the course of three years as he helps his parents care for his elderly grandfather in Jerusalem, Grandpa teaches Mikha'el to use the gift they share of making other people's dreams sweeter.  Genre: Magic Realism.

Wake, by Lisa McMann, 2008.  Since she was 8, high school student Janie has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power. First book in trilogy. Genre: Mystery, Occult Fiction. Award: YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: 2009.


A Dictionary of Dream Symbols: With an Introduction to Dream Psychology, by Eric Ackroyd, 2005. Call #: 154.63 ACK   A guide to the significance of more than 700 symbols, offering a wide range of possible interpretations with cross-referencing throughout.  Includes an introduction that covers the classic theories of Freud and Jung, and also more recent ideas on dream analysis.

Decoding Your Dreams, by Ray Douglas, 2005. Call #: 154.63 DOU  The dreaming self - Analyze your own dreams - The world dream - Dreams and psychoanalysis - Sharing your dreams - Dreams of the future - Dreams of other lives - The symbolism of dreams - Dream emotions - Interpreting your dreams: a summary.

The Interpretation of Dreams, by Sigmund Freud, 1899. Call #: 154.6 FRE

Man and His Symbols, by Carl Jung, 1964. Call #: 153.8 JUNG