Dreamrider by Barry Jonsberg

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Michael Terny is at his seventh school in four years and he knows that whatever he does, he will be ridiculed and pushed around. Michael is the fat kid. But Michael is also a lucid dreamer–he can recognize when he is dreaming and make the dream unfold exactly as he wants. Here he is safe and completely in control. Safe that is, until he finds the dream world and real world colliding . . . and a passage between the two promises more power than he has ever imagined. With the help of an unexpected friend at his new school, Michael plans how to use his power–to reward the good and wreak vengeance on the wicked. . . . But is Michael really in control? Nothing is quite as it seems in this book, and the shocking ending will have readers furiously flipping back to begin reading again with opened eyes.

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About Barry Jonsberg

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Barry Jonsberg teaches high school English in Darwin, Australia. Am I Right or Am I Right? was the winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature, one of Australia's most competitive literary awards.From the Hardcover edition.
Published February 12, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the first line—“I killed two kids at school today”—to the closing Messianic reference, this follows Michael through one week in the tortured and bullied life of a fat kid in his seventh new school.

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Jonsberg (The Crimes and Punishments of Miss Payne ), an Australian high school teacher, does not shy away from darkness, whether considering his beleaguered and bullied protagonist, the grotesquely overweight Michael Terny, or the supporting characters—the kind-faced classmate, the well-meaning ...

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Youth Services Book Review

He has lucid dreams where it seems he can control the dreaming and he discovers his dream world seems to be strongly connected to his real world.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

However, I felt a bit tricked into accepting what was presented in Michael’s daily life at school as being real, when contrasted to his dreams - like Michael’s being pulled up onto the roof of one of Millway’s separate buildings after he jumps (while being pursued by Jamie and his gang of buddies...

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