About the Book
Title: Raising Sleeping Stones (The Orora Crona Chronicles, Book One)
Author: P.H.T. Bennet
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Number of Pages: 364
Publisher: DreamKeeper Publishing
Publication Date: December 4, 2014
***Winner of a 2013 Newbury Comics Award!***
When sisters Kiva and DeeDee Stone discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, they have to take a crash course in the ancient art of DreamKeeping to survive. As two elder DreamKeepers lead them up the Varruvyen river to the Eyle of Return, they show the girls how to gain dream powers greater than anything they had ever imagined. But can they become strong enough to face the monsters that haunt their dreams at night, strong enough to fight the enemies that draw nearer each day? The answer lies somewhere in the broken history of Orora Crona, the Valley of Dreams lost centuries ago, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
Raising Sleeping Stones is about sister Kiva and DeeDee who are living in the lowest class in their society because their father left to help others who had been exiled and their mother lost her job and is now working as a Facilitator…a job usually for those who couldn’t pass a test to become anything else. Poor Kiva can’t seem to excel at anything but DeeDee is better than her sister at most things even though she’s just 5. In fact, DeeDee is so used to be better than Kiva that she gets upset when Kiva does perform something better than her.
The first half of Raising Sleeping Stones is about Kiva and DeeDee discovering that there is more to their world than they had been taught. When Kiva figures out they’re in danger, they’re suddenly on the run and on an adventure. The second half of the book is about their new friends, or guides, not only trying to find them safety, but teaching them about their ancestors and about using their dreams to learn about their waking moments.
I enjoyed reading about Kiva and the way her character developed over the course of time. I also liked the important message that just because you don’t fit in doesn’t mean you’re not special or important. This is definitely a great coming of age story.
I like P.H.T. Bennet’s writing. He’s done a good job at creating a new world that seems to be without hopes and dreams…until the DreamKeepers enter the picture. I look forward to reading the next book because there is still much to learn about this world and those in it.
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About the Author
P.H.T. Bennet began exploring his dreams when he was a child and has never bothered to stop. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, the main characters of Raising Sleeping Stones, but also helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim, who tolerates his turning on a light in the middle of the night to write down ever-crazier dreams and talking about them in the morning as long as he lets her sleep in, first. His favorite dreams involve flying, visiting the dead, and replaying nightmares until they reveal their secrets.
Pratt’s latest projects are editing Book Two of the Orora Crona Chronicles and planning a virtual summer dreaming camp with other dream authors.
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