5 Stars: The Forgotten Years
I can attest to not knowing how to advise on coping with a death of a family member because of my distance relationship with my own family. With the loss of a parent I can imagine being devastating for any child, the challenges for Jake in “Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman seems overwhelming for any middle schooler, but Jake is an impressive resilient young man navigating life four years after his mother’s death. David J. Naiman writes vivid dreams and imageries that rounds out the story for enjoyable reading.
I believe sometimes dreams can represent our deepest desires, Jake's dreams foreshadows his waking life the author crafts a portrayal of real life in middle school appealing to young adult readers besides dreams and loss of family "Jake, Lucid Dreamer" deals with what plagues schools today, "bullies." The issue of bullies and how kids have to face them every day reaches my school hallways in China, I am glad for this book very useable for a class lesson on bullies and lost.
Dr. Naiman wrote a book I can recommend for one of my students because I find many topics my students face to be hard to address given that are so many taboos in China, students are often left to figure things out on their own. Jake, Lucid Dreamer is not only for young readers but adults too; you will walk away with more insights into the forgotten years we tend to gloss over.