Suddenly Zoey’s doesn’t feel like she belongs at all, and the land of in-between grows bigger and scarier when Zoey discovers her grandfather’s bowling alley, Gonzo’s, is in trouble—and if they don’t do something about it soon, he could lose it forever.
THE DREAM WEAVER is such a touching tale. It will appeal and speak to young readers who know the place of in-between all too well—not knowing the right clothes or make-up to wear, or how to identify yourself, or where, exactly, you can call home. So much of being between a child and young adult is filled with these feelings of not quite-here-nor-there, and Reina Luz Alegre conveys this awkward and blossoming age beautifully on the page.
Each character is so well-developed, I could practically hear their voices coming off the page—Poppy, telling Zoey to quit worrying, or about tales from his life. José, explaining his passion for medical technology. Her father and his absence for much of the book, too, has its voice.
One of the especially precious parts of THE DREAM WEAVER is Zoey being introduced to a new friend group. Isa, Lacey, Patrick, and Tyler accept Zoey, introduce her to fashion and their bowling league, and even team up with her to try and save Gonzo’s. Alegre perfectly captures the wonderfulness as well as awkwardness of new friendships.
Review by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and painter. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains. Raquel has published two books of poetry. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything is her first novel.
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