The Leap

The Leap

Book - 2004
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After her best friend, Max, drowns, Charlie discovers that she can enter a mysterious afterlife when she is dreaming, and as she tries to find Max, she puts herself in grave danger from which only her brother can save her.

After her best friend, Max, drowns, Charlie Fletcher is overwhelmed with shock and grief. When she attempts to explain what happened that day at the Mill Pond, no one believes her. The doctors and her mother think she may be hallucinating, or worse-crazy. Even her sympathetic brother can't understand what is happening to her. Charlie nearly died trying to save Max and as an aftermath to this terrifying experience, Charlie begins to have incredibly vivid dreams, where she sees Max walking far in the distance in a strange land. She tries to catch up, but she can never reach him. Sleep soon becomes her only passion. But one night, after waking up from a dream with cuts and bruises, she realizes that her nighttime excursions are real. She alone has the power to hunt for Max. And she knows he's out there somewhere. To save him, she'll follow his trail wherever it goes-even beyond the limits of this world.

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Despite having tried to save him from his drowning death, Charlie Fletcher is haunted by visions of her best friend in her dreams, but when she awakens one morning to see visible scratches and bruises, Charlie is certain that her dead best friend is out there in another world and so, regardless of what her family and friends say, is determined to track him down in her dreams to find out what he wants from her. Original.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2004, c2001
ISBN: 9780786851959
Characteristics: 133 p ; cm


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linjacobson Dec 11, 2013

Well written with interesting premise. An interesting mix of reality and fantasy with a twist at the end. The story revolves around a young girl who witnesses her best friend drown. Her immediate family interaction and how each copes with this loss reveals varying levels of support and disengagement. Her brother is a most unpredictable hero. Listed in the adolescent section of the library but sophisticated enough to hold an adult's attention.

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