Dream of Night

Dream of Night

For Ages: 8 - 12
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Untamable. Damaged. Angry. Once full of promise and life, now a fiery knot of resentment and detachment. This is the story of Dream of Night, an injured and abused racehorse. It’s also the story of Shiloh, a sarcastic eleven-year-old foster child. By chance, Dream of Night and Shiloh both find themselves under the care of Jessalyn DiLima. Just in time—it’s a last chance for them both.

Jess fosters animals and kids like Dream of Night and Shiloh for a reason—she’s a little broken, too. And as the three of them become an unlikely family, they recognize their similarities in order to heal their pasts—but not before one last tragedy threatens to take everything away.
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416948995 | 
  • May 2010 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 470
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One

NIGHT

Brrr

The sound comes sudden and sharp. Shrill. Like the call of a bird, but not. The sound is not a living sound — somehow he knows that — and it is everything.

rrrr —

The sound is flight, freedom.

nnnng —!

The sound makes his legs move. Before his brain even knows. He is moving. Exploding through the metal gate. Into space.

Not empty space. No. There are bodies in the way, blocking him. But he will move through the bodies just like he moved through the gate. Except he is being held up by... see more
Two

SHILOH

Day breaks and Shiloh pulls the scuffed black canvas suitcase out from under the bed. Everything she owns in the world fits inside. She doesn’t even bother folding the T-shirts and jeans and shorts. They’re all hand-me-downs or Salvation Army castoffs anyway. Who cares if they are wrinkled?

A faint knock comes halfway through the packing. Shiloh ignores it. She ignores the muffled, fluttery voice, too. The door isn’t locked but she knows the old woman is too timid to open it.

When she’s done, Shiloh leaves the case where it is on the floor and... see more

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