Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dream Team (Dream Seekers Book 2) by Lisa Ard

Dream Team (Dream Seekers Book 2)
by Lisa Ard

The Dream Seekers adventure series is a collection of early middle-grade chapter books, ideal for ages 7-10. In this fantasy series, readers are introduced to Patrick and his dream-seeking family. Patrick is twelve years old and at the age when he's experiencing a lot of change, both physically and emotionally. Most of that change is out of his control, but how he reacts to that change is important. Patrick's family and best friends are important to his adventures too. When life and dreams seem out of control, Patrick knows he is not alone.

For Patrick, being twelve years old can be challenging. Add to that the unusual ability to experience dreams as reality and you begin to understand, why Patrick never knows what will happen when he falls asleep. When Patrick's voice begins to change, he declares disaster! But one magnificent dream will introduce Patrick to some real-life heroes, who faced far greater adversity. Patrick discovers that his troubles are minor league in comparison. Will Patrick find the courage to face his fears?

Lisa Ard has done it again as she delivers another delightful, charming, and thrilling adventure in the Dream Seekers Series. This one is filled with baseball knowledge and life lessons for young people to learn as they grow up. Lisa Ard has obviously done impeccable research about the life of Jackie Robinson, the first American-African to play major league baseball. The illustrations are beautifully rendered, it was well-written, exciting, fun, and a fast read and it kept my attention from the very beginning to the very end.
Most adults can get through this in a couple of hours or so and kids in a couple of days. I think it is a wonderful addition to your library, or if you are new to the series, an excellent introduction. There are very few books that absolutely everyone should read. This is one of them. (By Marius Viktor Aragon)

About the Author

From the author:
"Writing is an adventure for me. It's been a long and winding journey to authoring a book. Here's some of that journey's highlights:
I grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. Better look it up on the map, because it's the Apple Capital of the World!
As a kid I played lots of sports, enjoyed art and photography, read lots of books (still do) and dreamed of traveling the world.
I left home to study at the University of Washington where I earned my B.A. in German. (And yes, my dad asked me "what are you going to do with a degree in German?")
For the next 15 years, I worked in Finance and Quality departments for some really big companies. In other words, I went to lots of meetings, talked on the phone, traveled all over the country and sat in a cubicle for a lot of that time.
Then I fell in love, got married and had two wonderful kids. We now live happily ever after in Portland, Oregon.
"That's the story so far. I'm now starting the journey of author. How long that will last, I don't know. However, I'm ready to enjoy the adventure."
Lisa Ard's Fright Flight (Dream Seekers Book 1) won the FlamingNet Top Choice Award. Her latest book, Saving Halloween, was released on 5 September and has already won a 2012 Kay Snow Writing Award for Young Readers.