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The Dreamer

by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Illustrated By Peter Sís


Scholastic Paperbacks
March 2012


Fiction
Ages 9 – 12 . Grades 4 – 7

Library of Congress: 2009010274


Lexile measure: 650L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: V

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Pura Belpré Award Winner

A tender, transcendent, and meticulously crafted novel from Newbery Honoree, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and three-time Caldecott Honoree, Peter Sís!


From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí hears the call of a mysterious voice. Even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. He listens and follows as it leads him under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain on an inspiring voyage of self-discovery that will transform his life and, ultimately, the world.

Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination as they explore the inspiring early life of the poet who became Pablo Neruda.
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Pam Muñoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.
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Peter Sís

Peter Sís is a Hans Christian Andersen Award winner, three-time Caldecott Honoree, Sibert Award winner, and MacArthur Fellow. His celebrated picture books include Ice Cream Summer, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet Through the Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.He also creates fine art that can be seen in galleries, museums, and public spaces all over the world. Learn more at petersis.com.

SELECT REVIEWS:

  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor
    Pura Belpre Award winner
    Booklist Editors' Choices
    NYPL 100 Best Children's Book
    A Kirkus Best Children's Book

    *“This book has all the feel of a classic, elegant and measured, but deeply rewarding and eminently readable.”—Booklist, starred review

    *“…rich, resonant and enchanting.”—Kirkus, starred review

    *“[A] masterful tribute.”—Horn Book, starred review

    *“An immaculately crafted and inspiring piece of magical realism.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

    *“Absorbing…the perfect marriage of text and art.”—School Library Journal, starred review

    “Ryan’s hypnotic text, inspired by the childhood of Pablo Neruda, is brought to life by the extraordinary art of Peter Sis.”—New York Times Book Review

    “A phantasmagorical rumination on the childhood of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is rooted in a belief that words possess the power to mend the spirit and change the world.”—Smithsonian Notable List

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