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The Nightmare Thief, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thought-provoking story examines mind control, blackmail.

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Nicole Lesperance spins a lively, relatable, thought-provoking tale of a family whose business is concocting dreams, and the ethical dilemmas when people seek to use their wares for evil purposes. The tween hero who becomes The Nightmare Thief breaks an important rule for what she considers a very good reason, and soon finds herself blackmailed, trapped, imprisoned -- and in some creepy buildings, dank neighborhoods, and other situations best avoided. But thanks to her own resourcefulness and unexpected support from a friend, there may be a way out. There's plenty of suspense, a skillful unveiling of hidden connections, and a bad-tempered, French-speaking parrot with a large repertoire of insults.

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