Wake – Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Level: 12+
Reader’s Annotation: Ever since she was a little girl Janie has suffered from being pulled into other people’s dreams and nightmares. She’s never understood her talent, but she’s controlled it until she meets Cabel, who has the most horrifying nightmare she’s ever lived through.
Summary: Janie lives a double life. She goes to school, goes home and works at a convalescent hospital to make money for college. She also is afflicted with the ability to see what other people are dreaming. This is not a static talent; instead Janie is forced headlong into whatever dream others may be having when she is nearby making childhood sleepovers impossible and high school overnight trips incredibly dangerous; not to mention idle teens who fall asleep in study hall. Janie has never revealed her ability to anyone until she meets a Cabel; a fellow high school student with increasingly disturbing dreams.
Evaluation: This is a fantastic novel where paranormal meets romance in perfect harmony. The first of a proposed trilogy, Janie’s story will keep readers interested and eager for the next installment.
Author Info: Sequel is Fade. Third book in the works.
Booktalk Ideas: What if your dreams came true? What if your dreams were nightmares?
Selection: Highly recommended by friend and co-worker.