Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
Frances Foster Books; Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2005.



978-0-374-31853-6 / 365pgs
Map included at front of book
Elizabeth Knox's first book for younger readers.


Set in 1906. In a world not so very unlike our own, a place has been discovered — a place where those with the gift can cross its borders and catch dreams to relay and sell — dreams of healing, rest, adventure, and more. Tziga Hame was the one who discovered the Place, but now the government patrols its borders — and controls those who enter. Each year, two Tries are held and all who have turned 15 are invited to attempt to cross the borders into the Place. This year Rose and her cousin Laura are preparing to make their Try; rose is determined to make it, Laura simply follows her cousin. But when Laura crosses the boundary and Rose doesn't, their lives change dramatically. Laura, thinking Rose will be jealous, closes herself off to Rose; and then her father Tziga Hame disappears — and the government says he's dead.


Laura Hame — 15-yr-old with the gift to catch and transmit dreams
Rose — Laura's cousin, aspires to be a dreamhunter like her mother (Grace)
Tziga Hame — man who discovered the Place; the most renowned and powerful dreamhunter; Laura's father
Grace — powerful dreamhunter; Tziga Hame's sister-in-law
Chorley Tiebold — Grace's husband; Rose's father; brother to Tziga's dead wife; filmaker, not a dreamhunter


Part I: A Talented Family
Part II: The Try
Part III: The Sandman
Part IV: Open Secrets
Part V: The Measures
Part VI: The Rainbow Opera

Prequels, Sequels, Companion Books

First in the Dreamhunter Duet
Sequel: Dreamquake

Awards & Honors

2006 shortlist for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards
2006 Esther Glen Award (most distinguished contribution to New Zealand Children's literature)
2007 American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Booklist Editors' Choice
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

Recommended By

Booklist, American Library Association, Starred Review
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Chicago Tribune
Horn Book
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
School Library Journal
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

LC Cataloging Info

Summary: In a world where select people can enter the Place and find dreams of every kind to share with others for a fee, a fifteen-year-old girl is training to be a dreamhunter when her father disappears, leaving her to carry on his mysterious mission.

{1. Dreams — Fiction. 2. Family life — Fiction. 3. Fantasy.}

Offsite Pages

Discussion Guide from the publishers
Publisher's page for the book
HarperCollins Australia


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