Frankie Uccello seems like just another fourteen-year-old boy -- Ace of Average, King of Common, Master of Middle. Everything he does has a tendency to turn out average. Even when Frankie dreams recurrently of flying, his father tells him that at least one in three people does this. He's perfectly normal, normal, normal. Or is he? When Frankie discovers something ominous about his dreams -- that he can dream the future, especially when something bad is about to happen -- he realizes that he might be talented, after all. But seeing the future was only cool in movies and TV. In real life, you're just a whacko. Besides, the future doesn't look good. One night Frankie dreams his best friend, Tim, falls from a horse. Is Tim going to be killed? Can Frankie save him? Something about the dream doesn't fit, and that something is Weird Maura-Lee, one of three people Frankie avoids like the plague. Maura-Lee can read minds, and she seems to be reading his.
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Anne Louise MacDonald is a best-selling author of three picture books and two teen novels, including The Memory Stone and The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green. She lives in rural Nova Scotia with her husband and two horses.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5–8—From the time he was a young child, Frankie's dreams invoked meaningful colors and seemed like premonitions that he was powerless to change. In his waking hours, he sees himself as just an average kid—a skateboarder whose dreams are beginning to freak him out. Then he dreams he has wings. As he struggles with this possibility, he happens upon an injured Wilson's storm petrel and tries to save it. He also begins to overcome his fear of horses when his father signs him up at a horse farm's therapeutic riding program to work with an autistic child. He develops an unexpected friendship with an unpopular classmate whom he is convinced is a mind reader and who also sees colors. The dilemmas faced by Frankie and some of the other characters are intriguing as they struggle with their fears, disappointments, and aspirations. The story has several touching moments and unexpected turns in a plot that intertwines the everyday vicissitudes at school and home with some seemingly supernatural twists.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Book Description Kids Can Press, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1554532914
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Book Description Kids Can Pr, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 220 pages. 8.25x5.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1554532914