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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Dreamcatcher by Ann Curtin relates the story of a young boy, Jesse, living with his dad and moving from ranch to ranch. But at the current ranch, his dad manages to get the foreman’s job and it’s not a broken-down ranch. Maybe things will look up. However, the owner’s son doesn’t like Jesse and they get into a fight at school, resulting in a suspension for both of them. A boy named Aaron adopts Jesse as his friend. Aaron is an outsider to just about everyone in school. Jesse can’t shake him, and he’s not sure he should. Aaron and Jesse attempt to tame a mustang that Aaron's named Dreamcatcher, creating an exciting adventure for Jesse, Aaron, and Dreamcatcher!
The theme of catching bad dreams and letting good ones sift through a dreamcatcher is at the base of Ann Curtin’s Dreamcatcher. A bit western, a bit ghost story, and a bit friendship story, Dreamcatcher made me laugh. Then, it made me cry and smile. I loved the mystery of who the main character kept seeing that others couldn’t see; the mystery of whether the main character’s mother would come home; the mystery of whether the main character and the rich bully would become friends. I loved the artwork at the beginning of each chapter and the front cover hooked me as a reader. Dreamcatcher would be easy for young readers to relate to as it connects to their interests. I loved how Ann Curtin handled the topic of things working out, but not always the way you want. I highly recommend this book to readers from ages nine to twelve. It’s full of adventure and might just help a youngster work through one of their own problems.