Published: 28/02/2017
ISBN: 9781785899676
eISBN: 9781788031578
Format: Paperback/eBook

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John Simes - teacher, school leader, consultant, Pink Floyd fan, lover of Franglais, surreal comedy, politics, poetry, modern art, Crystal Palace FC, cricket, travel. He founded Collingwood Learning t... read more

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The Dream Factory
by John Simes

‘As a child I learned to dream. I am going to tell you about this dream. It started when I was really young. It started the first time I heard angry voices. Screaming and shouting. It scared me. It terrified me. Still does...’

For 16 year old Peter Young the price of finding his place in the world was to lose the world in himself; it was not a price he could afford. After the violent abduction of his parents by the criminal ‘Golden Hand’, Peter and his brilliant friend, Navinda, flee to the Dream Factory - a stone hut on a deserted beach. Peter has a precious secret that he must protect, but someone in the village is determined to find them and destroy the Dream Factory.

The Dream Factory is a surreal comic thriller that will be enjoyed by readers aged 12 and over. It is a coming-of-age story that employs vivid characterisation and humour to navigate the reader through the twisting plot. Within the seemingly peaceful village of Dingwell we find a gun-toting spinster engaged in espionage, a French criminal mastermind, murder most foul, a nervous vicar with a secret past, a talking sparrow hawk and three children named Hendrix, Page and Clapton.

The love story of Peter and Navinda unfolds in a world that is a maelstrom of deadly secrets, paranormal events and fear. The Dream Factory is a beautifully crafted and thought-provoking novel that will be enjoyed by young adults. This book delves into the issues of identity and how young people connect with the world – everyone has their secret ‘dream factory’. Developed with teachers and young adult readers, The Dream Factory is a thrilling, dark, funny and inspiring read.

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The Dream factory is being published by Matador in February 2017. This will be the second edition! Here are some reviews:

Praise for The Dream Factory
Brilliant descriptions of characters and places enrich a twisty plot that kept me guessing right to the end. John Simes is a master story teller.
James Stevenson, author
Really good plot with lost of unexpected twists - I loved it.
Felicity Dunworth, author
An unusual and captivating story brilliantly told. John Simes is certainly a wordsmith with a great eye for detail and the ability to bring the characters right off the page. This story is often suspenseful, edge of the seat stuff, but often laugh out loud funny too! A great read for young and old alike. I would highly recommend.

Amanda James, author

This was a delightful read and, as other reviewers have said, it is in a class of its own as young adult fiction. Simes manages to hook you in right at the start of the book: something terrible and sinister has happened but you’re not quite sure what. It makes for a page turner of a story. The characters are all wonderful and develop as the plot unfolds: fantastical, humorous, murderous and outright hilarious. You will find it all in The Dream Factory: Ghosts.

Dr Cherie Woolmer

Books Monthly

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The story was so engaging and interesting and the start was so scary that it hooked me from the beginning.i just loved it and oh that beautiful cover. I really really hope for more titles like this from the author.

by Rubina Bashir


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