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Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a4.469834
"A perfect combination of adventure, humor, and pure imagination!" —Jessica Day George, New York Times best-selling author of Tuesdays at the Castle
"Funny, scary, and endlessly inventive.” —Bruce Coville, author of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents' bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on November 3, 2015 by Clarion Books
ISBN-10: 0544464974
ISBN-13: 9780544464971
34 Book Reviews
  • kittykitkat
    kittykitkatFriday, May 12, 2017 at 9:48 am55 stars
    The best Book EVER.
    • bookworm88
      bookworm88Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 2:04 pm55 stars
      Not being able to dream must be awful. you can't experience the thrill of imagination, that is Sophie's problem- she can't dream. no matter how hard she tried she just couldn't. her parents own a dream shop they make cures for people just like Sophie, they also make it for people that have uncontrollable nightmares like Jake Sophie's soon to be friend. I recommend this book for those who have a wild imagination.
      • cimmie
        cimmieWednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm55 starsFeatured
        This book makes me appreciate my dreams more. it shows that imagination is exciting it's full of adventure and excitement...but Sophie can't dream. she never has been able to...the closet she has ever gotten to dreaming her own dream was drinking one. her parents own a dream shop, they sell dreams to those who can't dream. Sophie is one of those people, but, her parents wouldn't let her drink dreams. they told her there are people out there who want to use dreams for bad intentions. that's when she meets the sinister Mr. Nightmare...that's when everything changes. recommended to readers out there who love a mystery with a sprinkle of creepiness.
        • fisykaledy
          fisykaledyTuesday, April 19, 2016 at 9:33 am
          weird but cool
          • popstarprincess
            popstarprincessMonday, November 30, 2015 at 7:32 pm
            i sooooooooo want to read this
            • spinnypeeps
              spinnypeepsSunday, November 29, 2015 at 6:59 pm33 starsFeatured
              "Everyone dreams, you just don't remember them." It's a fact. But that isn't the case for soon-to-be-twelve Sophie, a non-dreamer who lives in a shop where dreams are bought and sold. All Sophie ever wanted was to have a dream of her own. She's tried every method possible: eating weird foods before bedtime(bananas with ketchup), watching scary movies before bedtime, or just scaring herself in the hopes of having a nightmare. The closest she ever got to having a dream was drinking someone else's dream when she was six years old. There she met her best friend, Monster... and brought him to life. The adventure begins on her 12th birthday, when Sophie meet the main antagonist, Mr. Nightmare and saves the über popular Ethan from a Giraffe man. What adventures await Sophie? I would recommend this book to 3rd and 4th graders. Overall, I think this book was deliciously creative book perfect to gobble up! It made me thankful for my dreams... in fact, I can't wait to fall asleep. zzzzzzz
              • cimmie
                cimmieWednesday, May 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm55 stars
                great review! this book was in fact something I would read again.
                • bibliophile
                  bibliophileFriday, December 25, 2015 at 9:24 pm
                  YESSSSS this book was very delicious ;D... I love your review!!! But bananas and ketchups... I absolutely despise bananas... but I didn't know it could get way worse than that XD... Whose your favorite character???
                • spinnypeeps
                  spinnypeepsWednesday, November 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm33 stars
                  This was a great book! I saw the cover and thought it would be one of those cliché books but I totally judged wrong. I'll give you a review right away. three stars so far.
                  • bibliophile
                    bibliophileTuesday, November 24, 2015 at 11:42 amFeatured
                    "Dreams can't die... but they can be lost... And then found again..." This heartwarming tale gives the reader an acknowledgement of celestial and magical creature found in DREAMS. (**IT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**) It starts off with Sophie (Betty), a non-dreamer, and a soon to be hero, soon befriends Ethan (the new kid who is "swarmed" with many friends due to his ability of playing sports) after realizing that he has nightmare, Sophie reachers out and gave him a dreamcatcher that can assuage his nightmares... BUT a horrible occurrence happened!!!!!! A gray-giraffe tried to kidnap Ethan, however Sophie and Monster saved him... Sadly they could not retrieve Lucy and Madison, who also have horrid nightmares, where Mr. Nightmare kidnapped them... Before I go any further I wanted to say Monster is a protector/pet who belongs to Sophie after she made Monster from her dream (MONSTER CAN TALK)... And yes, Sophie can have her dreams be real in actual life... Anyways Mr. Nightmare, aka Eugene, is a buyer from Sophie's parent's dream store... So now with Ethan and Monster's help, Sophie is now in a quest to look for her parents (where there number one suspect is Mr. Nightmare), but as they approached to his house... Mr. Nightmare seemed like a complete, ordinary human being. But... WRONG... he in fact stole all the monster dreams and kidnapped Sophie's parents, Lucy, and Madison... With all this imagination, Sophie soon becomes surrounded with a pegasus who poops rainbows (and loves apples) and with tons of ninja bunnies to help save the people who Sophie loves... Not to mention where they meet hideous looking monsters, where they meet Christina... Now secrets unravel like a spider's web... And now to save the people she loves may cost a sacrifice... DUN DUN DUNNNNNN... So what I loved about this book was the cliffhangers of course... Also when Ethan first meets Sophie... is just so... AHHH.... I cannot describe in words... Just YOU have to read this... Also the dry humor and irony really got to me... It's just hilarious... "Her first thought was, I'm not Betty..."... And MONSTER... he's adorable... Like I wished I had a friendly monster named Monster... Everything about this book is so creative and imaginative! To be honest... I thought it would be this cliche book... Where the hero saves the day... and it's kind of like that.... But just all the twists and turns reminds me of a roller coaster with it's unexpectedness...*cough Ms. Lee* *cough-cough* So if you can take a toll with nightmares because everything you might've dreamed of will be in this book... then this book is perfect for you! I realized this book is so similar with the movie Big Hero 6... Like seriously I can name the comparisons but I would be giving out too many spoilers... So if you like sweet, sentimental, but an adventurous story... This book is for you... Read it:D!!!!
                    • spinnypeeps
                      spinnypeepsMonday, November 30, 2015 at 2:27 pm33 stars
                      True, I also like how Sophie has one of those cliché schools where there's a jock group, a popular group, and a nerd/outcast group... even though that happens all the time in real life.
                      • bookworm88
                        bookworm88Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm55 stars
                        True! but I also loved that she was her own person throughout the story.
                        • bibliophile
                          bibliophileFriday, December 25, 2015 at 9:22 pm
                          EXACTLY!!!!!
                      • ocelot
                        ocelotMonday, November 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm55 stars
                        This was a wonderfully written book. Sophie's parents are dream sellers, meaning they sell dreams. She loves to spend time in their shop, but must keep all of the information safe and secret, because there are some people who aren't too keen on dreams. Sophie has the special ability to bring her dreams to life, so she brings a monster named Monster out of her dream. They bond, but then Sophie must face the challenge of saving her parents from a mysterious Mr. Nightmare, and save the secret her family has kept for so long. Will she be able to do it? Read The Girl Who Could Not Dream to find out! Thanks to DOGObooks for supplying this book in exchange for this review.
                        • jasaon
                          jasaonSunday, November 22, 2015 at 8:03 am55 stars
                          I love it