‘Elegant, intelligent… a tale to remember’
— Children’s Book of the Week, SUNDAY TIMES
THE DREAMWALKER’S CHILD is a striking fantasy adventure debut. Aimed at 8–12-year-olds, and spanning both the commercial and the literary areas of that market, it balances action and energy with a philosophical depth, and at times heart-rending emotional perceptiveness.
Schoolboy Sam Palmer develops an inexplicable fixation with insects which confuses him as much as it troubles his parents, and when a bizarre bicycle crash leaves his body in a coma, Sam and his parents find themselves facing much more serious fears and challenges.
Sam awakes in Aurobon, not so much a fantasy world as a parallel of Sam’s own, to discover that his accident and mysterious transportation were part of an elaborate abduction.
Dark forces in Aurobon have a plan for this ordinary boy – but why is he so important to them? How can huge piloted insects threaten the future of the human race? And what do they mean when they talk of ‘the prophesy’?
Aided by Skipper, a fearless and resourceful young girl working against the evil Odoursin, Sam must escape from internment, join the fight to prevent Ourdosin from extending his empire, and somehow, against the odds, find a way to return to his body, his family and the world to which he was born.
Steve Voake was formerly headmaster of Kilmersdon Primary School in Somerset. Following the huge success of his first novel THE DREAMWALKER’S CHILD and with further books commissioned by Faber in the UK and Bloomsbury in the US, he resigned from his position to focus on writing full time. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University and is a regular tutor for The Arvon Foundation. Steve has also written the ‘DAISY DAWSON’ series (Walker Books) for younger readers which was published by Candlewick in the US and became a bestseller for Scholastic Book Club.
Steve is currently working on a new novel for Faber and a new series for Walker Books, the first of which, HOOEY HIGGINS & THE SHARK, will be published in March 2010. He lives in Somerset with his wife and two children.