The Dream Where Losers Go

  • Pages:208
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:suicide, dreaming, gangs, self-harm, depression
  • Pub Date:03/01/2006
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:HL720L
  • ATOS:4.4
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No one knows why she hurt herself, least of all Skey. After five long months in treatment for self-destructive behavior, Skey continues to dream of dark tunnels with mysterious designs carved into their stone walls, a place where she is safe and alone. Then she encounters another dreamer, a boy her own age, dreaming the same dream, wandering the same tunnels. A boy with secrets much like her own.

While trying desperately to remember what happened that sent her away and who the boy is that she met in the dream tunnels, Skey's life plummets farther out of control. When she realizes her friends do not have her best interests at heart and they may be the reason she is lost, Skey must face her fears and the truth of the dream tunnels, and find her way back to solid reality.
"A richly layered novel that contains elements of both fantasy and hard-edge realism...A wise and compelling book that addresses the traumas of sexual assault and emotional betrayal."
– School Library Journal
"Goobie's writing is deft and evocative…Will resonate deeply with readers."
"[A] frightening story of the power of peer pressure...Goobie's polished prose effectively weaves the dream sequences into this story."
– Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
"Goobie has great skill at creating imperfect characters readers can relate to."
– Alan Review
"Wow! Wow! Wow! Beth Goobie has written an amazingly hard hitting story that will shake you to your core...A future award winner and a gripping read."
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ALA Best Books for Young Adults   | 2007  |  Long-listed
Tayshas List   | 2007  |  Commended
Resource Links "The Year's Best"   | 2006  |  Commended
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age   | 2007  |  Commended
PSLA Top Forty   | 2006  |  Commended
CCBC Our Choice   | 2007  |  Commended