Real Dreams Really Make a Difference

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
59 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2015
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Author Biography

Martha Cinader is a writer and recording artist. An author of several published and unpublished books, she crosses boundaries between music, print, poetry and storytelling. Currently living in Greenville SC, with her husband and three sons, she blogs about being a virgin homesteader, among other things at cinader.com. Her forthcoming novel, Marvelina, is a fairytale for grown women.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite

Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make a Difference by Martha Cinader is a dramatic collection of narrative and poetry meant to inspire young people to reach their aspirations, no matter what the obstacles. Covering famous inventors, such as Tesla and Einstein, Cinader brings their struggles alive through creative verse. She also incorporates various female heroines, such as Sacajawea, a French resistance fighter, Josephine Baker, and an African queen, Mella. The collection is meant to be read aloud in a theatrical or auditorium setting, according to the author. She hopes to emulate the storytellers of old to bring back the spoken histories of the world.

As a reviewer, I found this would have been better classified as dramatic non-fiction. Saying that, I was drawn in by the unique style of this collection. I particularly enjoyed some of the poetry about historical figures, almost written in a rapping style. I feel Miss Cinader did take into consideration how to draw in her youth audience by appealing to their culture. This is so crucial when writing for young adults. Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make a Difference by Martha Cinader is something I would recommend for teachers wanting to bring history alive for their students.

Martha Cinader

"...a hip beatnick Sesame Street for grown-ups." - Neil Cooper, The List

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"Cinader's use of language is so seductive and her rhythmic, rapping voice so caressing, that you really don't want her to stop." - Catherine Fellows, The Scotsman

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"Martha Cinader has the rare ability and talent to bring ancient tales to life for contemporary readers and audiences. If history classes had been this witty and bright, I would have paid more attention."
- Merlin Stone, author of When God Was a Woman and Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood