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The Dream Walker

Victoria Carless

3 Reviews

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Fiction, Kids & Teens

The weight of a secret can drag you under . . .

A tender coming-of-age young-adult novel for fans of Gary Crew, Vikki Wakefield and Craig Silvey.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Hart has been counting the days till she can get the hell out of Digger's Landing - a small Queensland fishing hamlet home to fifteen families, a posse of mongrel dogs, and Parkers Corner Store (no apostrophe and nowhere near a corner).

 

 

But just like the tides Lucy's luck is on the turn, and as graduation nears her escape plans begin to falter; her best friend, Polly, is dropping out of school to help pay the bills, and Tom has been shipped off to boarding school, away from the flotsam of this place. And then there's Lucy's nightlife, which is filled with dreams that just don't seem to belong to her at all . . .

 

 

When the fish stop biting, like they did when her mum was still around, Lucy realises she isn't the only one with a secret.

 

 

beautifully written ... perfectly captures the space between childhood and independence where dreams can be made or broken. - BOOKS+PUBLISHING

 

 

'A genuine, lived, heartfelt story of a teenage girl's awakening to the world of adults which raises two burning questions: what led to her mother's death, and does her father care? I loved this book.'

 

 

Gary Crew, bestselling author of STRANGE OBJECTS and THE WATERTOWER

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Praise for The Dream Walker

  • beautifully written . . . perfectly captures the space between childhood and independence where dreams can be made or broken - Books+Publishing

  • A genuine, lived, heartfelt story of a teenage girl's awakening to the world of adults which raises two burning questions: what led to her mother's death, and does her father care? I loved this book.

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  • As soon as I started this novel i couldn't put it down. This story stirred so many emotions - it brought tears to my eyes, made my stomach flutter with the memories of young love, I felt anger at the town bullies and joy at the beautiful friendships. The Dream Walker by Victoria Carless is a story about a young girl living in a small Australian coastal town where most people rely on fishing as their income. As in many small towns rumours abound, opportunities dry up and the young people want to leave. Our strong, fierce and brave character - Lucy - is dealing with the very raw death of her mother, the departure of a close friend and the discovery that she can walk into other people's dreams. Dream walker will bring your imagination to life and make you wonder about dreams and how powerful they can be. A powerful story that delves into issues of suicide, alcoholism, bullying, grief and violence is a must read for any young adult who is pondering where they are in their lives, the harm secrets can bring to us and the importance of friendship and family. The Dream Walker by Victoria Carless is one of those books that will stay with you long after you have finished. A must read!

    Vanessa Rendall

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Victoria Carless

Victoria Carless is a published playwright and holds a PhD in creative writing. Sometimes she teaches and works in libraries. Victoria lives in Brisbane with her family and two dogs. The Dream Walker is her first novel.