Inside the Dreaming is a beautiful, heartwarming story of family, love, trust, risks and a little bit of magic that will leave you on the edge of your seat. A story that might change the way you think about dreaming....
Inside the Dreaming is a true thriller for young adult readers. Opening with a scary dream sequence that shows up soon after in Nicki’s real life, the story weaves a web of suspense and intrigue. With down-to-earth details in the realm of magical realism, the author has us on the edge of our seat the whole way through. With her sleuthing companion, Martin, Nicki confronts her fearsome shapeshifting pursuer, protects her gifted young sister and unravels an unknown family secret which brings her bereaved father back to sobriety. A fast-moving and complex drama that I couldn’t put down.
—Oriane Lee Johnston, author of The Geography of Belonging: A Love Story
The boogeyman is real . . .
He’s just shown up at Nicki’s high school . . . and he knows her. In fact, Jackson Kraft knows more about Nicki and her family than she does and so when Kraft abducts her little sister into the dreamworld known as the Vale, Nicki will need to learn how to navigate this alternate universe. She will also need to learn to trust others – one quirky friend, one loser dad, one ghost mom, and one shape-shifting “witch” from the past. Nicki’s gonna need more coffee.
Magical realism at its best, with suspenseful turns and thrilling reveals. --Lee Edward Födi, author of Spell Sweeper and The Secret of Zoone
For Nicki, being a teenager includes looking after herself and her little sister, Desi, as well as trying to manage school and family life with a distracted father. All of this is made more difficult by the strange dreams that leave her feeling scared and exhausted. But, things really get interesting when the dreams start to follow her into the waking world.
Inside the Dreaming is an exhilarating ride through fears, longing, family secrets and protecting what matters most. It is a fun adventure story that will captivate and surprise as the reader is taken along on a journey through time and space." —J. Erickson
Inside the Dreaming is a unique multilayered story of love and redemption, even as it debunks the notion that this ‘waking life’ is our only life. Nawrocki weaves an intricate plotline that knits the real world with the dream world, melts divisions between realities and time zones, and encourages YA readers to open to the vast realm of the imagination. The compellingly brave and appealing three main characters whet our appetites for one intense page after another. Can’t wait to gift this book to my granddaughters.
—Priya S. Huffman, author of The Territory of Home, and Of Bone and Breath
I’m Monica Nawrocki, a semi-retired potato-chip junkie living with my wife in one of the most beautiful places in the world: Cortes Island, British Columbia, in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.
I came to writing purely by accident. After an eight-year period teaching at a school for at-risk children and youths, I wrote a book in 2007 called Thanks for Chucking that at the Wall Instead of Me, a reflection on the profound lessons these children taught me over the years.
Writing about children and teens is one thing. Writing for them, quite another!