INTO THE DREAM by William Sleator


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"Maybe we should call the police," Paul suggests. "And tell them what? That we're getting messages from a dog?" says Francine. Paul and Francine are seventh-grade classmates thrown together because they're both experiencing the same terrifying recurrent dream. It turns out too that they can communicate without words. But how so? Well, they trace their common experience to a Nevada motel-stay with divorcing mothers four years earlier, when a pregnant woman, there with her pregnant dog, encountered a flying saucer in the motel parking lot. Now the two offspring have even stronger ESP than Paul and Francine; Noah, the human child, also has psychokinetic powers, and Cookie, the dog, can see the future. That's why the two strange men are following all the children. They want Noah for their own ends (CIA skulduggery) and Paul and Francine must save him. They do, after the obligatory chase--through an amusement park, no less--that ends with Paul and Noah on a broken Ferris-wheel seat which Noah, to save them from crashing, sends floating off into the air and then gently down for a landing. "I expect that from now on you'll be dealing with scientists and doctors instead of secret agents," says the TV newsman who happened to be on the spot with cameras. Far-fetched, but fast-paced--kids with a taste for psi-fi fantasy won't stop to look down.
Pub Date: March 5th, 1979
ISBN: 0141308141
Page count: 127pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1979


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