The Nightmare Thief

Published by Sourcebooks Kids

Recommended for ages 8+

Twelve-year-old Maren loves making and selling dreams in her family’s shop. But when a sinister customer tries to blackmail her into making nightmares for some secret plot, she must decide whether to protect her family or protect unknown dreams from her family’s magic.

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“Lesperance has crafted a wonderfully original world… The delightfully descriptive text sets a cozy scene, but there is also real danger and a deliciously disconcerting villain. There is magic and mayhem, horror and hope, and the thread of family and friendship weaving it all together.”
Booklist, starred review

“Lesperance crafts a resourceful heroine whose loyalty forces her to confront a difficult situation and come out stronger. She also folds a satisfying sense of wonder into the quaint town, balanced with a chilling element of darkness.”
Publishers Weekly

“A hair-raising, nontraditional horror novel with fantastical elements. Will have universal appeal for children who don’t mind a scare.”
School Library Journal

“A spine-tingling adventure.”
Kirkus Reviews