Thief of Dreams by Todd Strasser

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It's Christmastime. Your parents have just left for a month-long business trip. And your long-lost Uncle Lawrence is staying with you. Happy holidays indeed.

But Uncle Lawrence plays video games with you, flirts with your psychologist, and treats you like a real person. He also keeps a wetsuit under the bed and stays out all night. Even as you grow to love Uncle Lawrence, you suspect he might be a professional thief. What will you do if he is?

Through a heart-racing second-person narrative, Thief of Dreams stunningly depicts a boy struggling with his suspicions about a desperately needed friend. Acclaimed teen novelist Todd Strasser has created a psychological thriller that will haunt your (the reader's) dreams.

About Todd Strasser

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Todd Strasser was born in New York City. While still a child, Strasser and his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York on Long Island. Strasser attended the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then the Wheatley School for junior high and high school. Strasser went to college at New York University for a few years, before dropping out. He lived on a commune, and then in Europe, where he was a street musician. While he was in Europe, Strasser wrote songs and poems in letters to his friends. He decided to try writing. Upon his return to the United States, Strasser enrolled at Beloit College where he studied literature and writing. After graduating, Strasser worked at the Middletown Times Herald-Record newspaper in Middletown, New York, and later at Compton Advertising in New York City. In 1978, he sold his first novel, Angel Dust Blues. Strasser used the money to start the Dr. Wing Tip Shoo fortune cookie company. For the next 12 years, Todd sold more fortune cookies than books. n 1990, Strasser moved to Westchester County, N.Y., where during the next few years, he wrote various movie novelizations, including Home Alone, Free Willy, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Jumanji. In 1993 he wrote Help! I'm Trapped in My Teacher's Body and since then has written 16 more Help! I'm Trapped... books, as well as several other series. All together, he has published more than 100 books. Strasser is alos a speaker at schools and conferences when he is not busy writing Strasser has won numerous awards in the course of his career, including the 1995 New York State Library Association Award for Outstanding Children's Literature for the Help! I'm Trapped Series, several State Literature Awards, the 1996 International Reading Association Children's Choice as well as the 1996 Children's Book Council Children's Choice for Give a Boy a Gun and the 1996 American Library Association Best Book for Teens. He won the 1997 American Library Association Notable Book for Abe Lincoln for Class President, the 1988 American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, and was a 1988 Edgar Allan Poe nominee from the Mystery Writers of America.
Published April 14, 2003 by Putnam Juvenile. 160 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Left alone for a month, with an uncle he barely knows, Martin Hunter learns that not all is what it seems in this fast-paced second-person narrative.

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Publishers Weekly

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Though the outcome is rather predictable and the narrative takes a few leaps in credibility (among them Martin's parents' choice of sitters and the romance that blooms between Lawrence and Martin's psychiatrist), Strasser shapes a briskly paced tale with some interesting contortions, including Ma...

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Common Sense Media

Mild is the operative word here -- the story is mildly suspenseful, Martin's voice is mildly sardonic, and the characters are all painted in pastel shades.

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