Book 1: The Dream Keepers
Dreams: Dorothy called it Oz, Alice called it Wonderland, but Nightmares call it HOME.
When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world?
“I found the story to be uniquely imaginitive and very creative. It was well written and the feelings of ninth graders was right on the money. I will be recommending it to all my middle grade and young adult friends!”
“My heart hammered and I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page. I felt every emotion the characters did, I laughed, I cried, I felt fear while reading this book.”
“I think it would be a great book for boys, especially ones don’t normally like to read because it has quite a few video game references that they could relate to. I enjoyed escaping into the world of Dreams.”
Book 2: The Dream Stone
When Parker’s mom is dreamnapped by the wicked Mab, it is up to him and Kaelyn to save her. However when they return to Dreams, they discover Mab isn’t their only problem. Gladamyr has lost his powers and the only way to get them back is to become what he fears the most—a nightmare.
“A wild stallion of a story: fast, thrilling, and unpredictable. I was hooked in chapter one. If he can snare the attention of an old reader like me, he’ll have kids sneaking this one into class underneath their text books…If this one isn’t a kid-pleaser, I don’t know what is.”
“This is far out good and entertaining. It will become a pre-teen to young adult and the young of heart’s favorite. The tale is clean, wholesome and riveting. It is a must-have in every home and school library.”
“Intense from start to finish.”
Book 3: The Dream Makers
When Mares escapes into the world of Awake, it is left to Gladamyr and his teen bonds, Parker and Kaelyn, to stop him. They must return the most evil nightmare ever to exist back to Dreams before the barrier between the two worlds crumbles and darkness reigns forever. But to do so, Parker and Kaelyn must heal broken friendships and unite an army of children who are brave enough to conquer their fears.
“This–of all the books in the trilogy–is the most heart-pounding, crazy ride of all. I don’t know how Brooks kept up the pace, but for almost the whole book, I thought, ‘Surely this is it! This is the grand finale!’ But wait–there’s more! I absolutely loved the whole series, and this book finishes the story in a very satisfying, promising way.”
CIR: Reviewers of all ages are loving this book. Who is your target audience?
BROOKS: Middle grade readers will like (if not LOVE) this book because it’s “an action-packed fun ride”—to quote one reviewer. You get to take a journey through the world of Dreams. You get to see what really happens when we sleep and who is really in charge. Who needs to read this book? Everyone! There is a deeper story than just battling nightmares who are trying to take over the world. At its core, this book has a message about being true to yourself and standing up for what you believe. It’s a story that will touch both the young and old.
CIR: And how are readers responding?
BROOKS: I’ve gotten a lot of complements on the uniqueness of the book, the characters themselves and how readers are able to connect with them, and of course the cover. I have also had a great deal of readers point out the theme of the story to me. That makes me feel good, because I don’t set out to imbed a theme in the story but this book did have something deeper to share. I am glad readers are seeing it.
CIR: In your teaser, you mention two famous children’s fantasy novels. Are there others that you’d compare The Dream Keeper to?
BROOKS: It has been compared to Fablehaven, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson. Although I see elements from each of those stories, I feel THE DREAM KEEPER stands on its own. I had a really hard time connecting it to other books of its genre, because there simply wasn’t any like it. Sure it has magic, action, adventures, and a quest like those books, but the story itself is a twist on the classical worlds of Oz and Wonderland.
CIR: What are you hoping readers will get out of this book?
BROOKS: With every book I write, whether it’s a picture book or a full length novel, I want readers to have a good time. I want them to forget about the mundane of the world around them and find something special in the pages they read. I want to bring magic to the hearts of readers. If I have done that, than I have done my job as a writer.
Lia London, host of this site, has read this series and absolutely loved the creativity and excitement. Major thumbs up. See my review here.