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About the Book

When Janie is eight years old, it happens for the first time: While traveling with her mother, she suddenly blacks out and is plunged into a strange office setting where a balding man is in his ratty underwear, being ridiculed by his coworkers. Janie has somehow been catapulted into the dream of the sleeping man in the seat in front of her. Unable to control her entry into his dream, Janie also has no idea how to speak or help once inside. This scary scene repeats itself over the years. Janie learns to avoid sleepovers, as she finds herself inside the dreams of the other girls, learning things about them that she may have preferred not to know. Then, when she's in high school, the worst situation presents itself: study hall in the library right after lunch. Janie is sucked into the dreams of her classmates — some simple and innocent, some frightening, and one featuring herself and the dreamer engaged in a kiss! Janie's gift (or curse) is usually a burden, but now it's more confusing than ever as she gets closer to Cabel, whose dreams include a scary past along with passionate kisses.

About the Author

Lisa McMann has published many short stories, one of which won a Templeton Award. Lisa was born in Michigan and now lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa at lisamcmann.com, or be her friend at www.myspace.com/lisamcmann.

Discussion Topics

Would you want to have Janie's gift of entering other people's dreams if you could control it? Why or why not?

Did you guess what Cabel's double life was before it was revealed in the book? Would you be brave enough to take on a job like his?

Did you think that Cabel was really with Shay? Did you think he'd be with Janie in the end or not? How did your feelings for Cabel change as you read the book?

Which of these characters' dreams would you want to have access to: Shay, the Captain, Janie's mom, Stu? Which of your friends' or family members' dreams would you want to enter? Which would you NOT want to enter?

Do you think Carrie was a good friend to Janie? Was Janie a good friend to Carrie? What examples from the book make you say yes or no?

How would the book be different if Janie and Cabel had parents who were loving and present?

If you were telling a friend about Wake, how would you describe it? Is it fantasy or reality? Do you think people like Janie really exist?

Research and Activities

Make a dream journal. Using a blank book and scraps of fabric, markers, stickers, and/or other materials, decorate your dream journal to reflect your personality.

Use your dream journal to write down everything you can remember from your dreams, then, using a dream analysis book, try to figure out what your dreams meant. (This can be done in pairs or in a group and the meanings can be shared at the end.)

Name all of the ways in which Janie's gift could be helpful to the police. What comes next? At the end of Wake, you were treated to a sneak peek of Fade, the sequel. Using that excerpt, write the next chapter or the next few pages of Fade, as you think the story should continue. Share your ideas with your reading group.

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tankiso.pitso, September 11, 2009 (view all comments by tankiso.pitso)
I need it its a must have for the whole family.Oops!Lisa has written about what i hope will uplift me as a student. I have dreams that seems hard to attain but have a sense that this 'wake' that Lisa writes about will infuse optimism. I love the books unconditionally.
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fieldhockeyluver25, June 2, 2008 (view all comments by fieldhockeyluver25)
This book is an amazing read for people 16 and older. It is about a 17 year old girl who gets sucked into people's dreams. I felt like I was traveling with her for most of the book. I got it from Pulse It, by Simon Pulse, but if I hadn't, I would have definitely gone out and bought it. It was that good! I think that anybody looking for a good summer/final exam week book should read this!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416953579
Author:
McMann, Lisa
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Undercover operations
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Wake
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c cvr
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 224 pages Simon Pulse - English 9781416953579 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Your dreams are one of the most intimate expressions of your mind. How would you cope if, every time you closed your eyes, you absorbed everyone else's dreams and had none of your own? How would that change your relationship with your friends, your parents, your boyfriend or girlfriend? Fans of paranormal young adult books like the Twilight series are sure to get sucked into this story — I was riveted.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The trick to getting hooked on this highly satisfying first novel is to look past its disjointed opening. The initial chapters consist of flashbacks into which are woven a series of repetitive scenes wherein Janie Hannagan is unwillingly sucked into others' dreams and nightmares, and suffers debilitating side effects. But as soon as McMann establishes Janie's strange skill, she throws just the right teen-centric ingredients into the story to propel it forward and grab readers. Tough and strong Janie, now 17, seems totally independent, charting a future that will lead away from her welfare mother's alcoholism. Her turbulent relationship with Cabel, the unwashed stoner boy-turned-handsome, pulsates with sexual tension — problematized by Janie's knowledge of his insistent dreams about killing a man. But then Cabel learns to communicate his desires to Janie through lucid dreaming at just about the same time that Janie finds out that she can influence the dreams she enters. The plot twists keep coming, even if one or two are shopworn, and the writing has a Caroline Cooney-like snap that's hard to resist. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "McMann also gives useful attention to the science of dreaming. This book is ideal for reluctant readers, especially girls."
"Review" by , "McMann lures teens in by piquing their interest in the mysteries of the unknown, and keeps them with quick-paced, gripping narration and supportive characters."
"Synopsis" by , Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does — they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

"Synopsis" by , Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does — they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

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