The Dreamer (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 8V4.628871
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.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on April 1, 2010 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0439269709
ISBN-13: 9780439269704
7 Book Reviews
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  • kilybygiledubi
    kilybygiledubiMonday, November 12, 2018 at 11:25 am
    It sounds interesting and It looks really cool. If you are a person who likes short pages then this book is for you! This book has medium- chapters but it has a lot of pages it has 355 pages in it BUT REMEMBER THE PAGES ARE REALLY SHORT!
    • morena
      morenaTuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:33 am55 stars
      I like this book because it is about a boy that dreams all lot. When he goes outside he starts dreaming. So I recommend this book because it is adventure.
      • msoloriojara
        msoloriojaraTuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:32 am55 stars
        This book is really good and amazing.
        • Renad RahmanMonday, April 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm
          What I liket in the book is whan Neftile was bing brave
          • aherron13
            aherron13Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm
            This book is a heart warming and i read it before headdream100.
            • headream100
              headream100Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm
              This is an AMAZING book. It's sad that nobody read it yet....
              • aherron13
                aherron13Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm
                I read it before you!