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Lair of dreams




First edition.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
613 pages ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
"After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner and has become a media darling. In the meantime, a mysterious sleeping sickness has hit New York City, and the Diviners must band together to find the cause and the cure"-- Provided by publisher.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 5.0 26.0 175612.

Accelerated Reader UG 5.0 26.0 Quiz 176669 English fiction.

Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.0 26.0 175612.


Call Number
Bray, L.
TEEN Bray, L.

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The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people's secrets, she's become a media darling, and earned the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." Everyone's in love with the city's newest It Girl...everyone except the other Diviners.
Piano-playing Henry Dubois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret--for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess....As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?
In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners , Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

Author Notes

Libba Bray was born in Alabama on March 11, 1964. She grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. She moved to New York City and worked in the publicity department of Penguin Putnam, followed by three years at Spier, an advertising agency specializing in book advertising. Before writing young adult novels, she wrote three books for 17th Street Press using a pseudonym. She is the author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, Going Bovine and The Diviners.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-The long-awaited sequel to The Diviners (Little, Brown, 2012) finds that Evie O'Neill has not only rebounded from her close encounter with a serial killer but has parlayed her divining talents into a career as the "Sweetheart Seer" and star of her own radio program. While Evie is enjoying her newfound fame, everything is not "jake" for the other diviners. This installment centers on Theta's pal Henry; his new friend, Ling Chan; and a mysterious sleeping sickness that has struck fear into the hearts of the residents of New York City. While others in the city are fearful of sleep, Henry and Ling, both dreamwalkers, use sleep as a means to make their own dreams a reality. January LaVoy expertly narrates the diverse cast of characters, masterfully portraying everyone from the effervescent Evie to old, conniving Blind Bill. VERDICT This satisfying listen includes strong characters, paranormal experiences, romance, and mystery-all set against the backdrop of New York City during the roaring twenties. ["A multi-layered, character-driven, and richly rewarding installment to the paranormal historical fiction series": SLJ 8/15 starred review of the Little, Brown book.]-Theresa Horn, St. Joseph County Public Library, South Bend, IN © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bray illuminates the dark side of the American Dream in her long-awaited sequel to The Diviners (2012), weaving xenophobia, industrial progress, Jazz Age debauchery, government secrets, religious fervor, and supernatural horror into a sprawling and always entertaining narrative. Romances among the major players get significant time in the spotlight: Evie O'Neill, now "America's Sweetheart Seer" of radio fame, finds herself pushed into a publicity-driven relationship with fellow Diviner Sam Lloyd; their combative (and often alcohol-fueled) exchanges are among the funniest in the novel. Follies girl Theta struggles to maintain her interracial romance with Harlem healer Memphis while keeping her own abilities secret from him. And musician Henry DuBois's efforts to locate the boy he left behind in New Orleans lead him into friendship with fellow "dreamwalker" Ling Chan, whose Chinese-American community is being vilified as a deadly sleeping sickness sweeps across New York City. Bray is equally at home constructing gruesome deaths at the hands of bloodthirsty ghosts and deploying incisive commentary on the march of progress, both of which inflict their share of damage. Ages 15-up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Seventeen-year-old flapper Evie ONeill (The Diviners, rev. 11/12) and friends confront another supernatural threat. As before, Bray follows multiple characters, many of them also paranormally gifted; while Evie (now a radio star known as the Sweetheart Seer) is still a focal point, here dream walkers Henry DuBois and Ling Chan also come to the fore. Several plot threads intertwine when Ling and Henry begin dream-walking together (Henry hopes to communicate with Louis, the love he left behind in New Orleans; Ling meets another dream walker, a Chinese girl named Wai-Mae) and a frightening sleeping sickness descends on New York City, sending people into comas, then death. As the sleeping sickness spreads, Henry and Ling start to notice disturbing things about the dream worldand about Wai-Mae. Brays vividly detailed descriptions, which take readers from glittering high-society parties to claustrophobic tunnels filled with ghastly creatures, give the novel a sweeping, cinematic quality. Sweet relationships (romantic, platonic, and familial) and snarky banter filled with period slang balance and accentuate the suspenseful horror. Through it all, new questions arise as mysteries from the previous novel deepen. What is the connection between the Diviners and the governments ominous Project Buffalo? Who is the man in the stovepipe hat lurking at the edges of all this supernatural violence? Despite its considerable length, fans will barrel through this second installment and emerge impatient for the next. katie bircher (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). After going public about her abilities as a Diviner of the personal histories of others, Evie has rocketed into the limelight as the Sweetheart Seer, even garnering her own radio show. Her notoriety has driven a wedge between her and her uncle, whose occult museum is in dire financial straits, and it's also forced her to fake a romance with smooth-talking Sam Lloyd for the press. Meanwhile, her friend Henry attempts to find the boy he loves, seeking help from Ling Chan, who, like him, is a dream walker, even as people all over the city fall prey to a mysterious sleeping sickness, for which Chinese-American residents are unfairly blamed. The ambitiously broad focus of this novel strikes just the right balance in its division of narrative might, developing each of the dizzyingly large cast of diverse characters with an impressive attention to detail and with period-specific, witty dialogue. Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more. How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

A mysterious sleeping sickness is taking hold of New York City, destroying its victims from the inside out. But rumors of illness can't dampen the spirits of flapper and party-girl extraordinaire Evie O'Neill, or the Sweetheart Seer, as she is now famously known on her radio show. Diviners are the cat's pajamas, don't you know? Meanwhile, pianist Henry DuBois' nightly walks through others' dreams lead him to Ling Chan a dream-walker from Chinatown, who may have an idea of who, or what, is behind the sleeping sickness. All the major players from The Diviners (2012) return in this long-awaited second volume of a planned quartet, where hungry ghosts and nightmares, instead of serial killers, stalk characters but prove every bit as deadly. Bray admirably depicts Jazz Age New York, infusing it with a tense, sinister atmosphere. Though the number of dream-world journeys borders on excessive and little plot progression occurs, Bray's writing and cryptic teasers of things to come will keep readers invested and ready to ankle to the nearest bookstore for book three. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Bray is a best-seller with a Printz Award under her belt (Going Bovine, 2009). A big promo campaign and author tour will help build the hype for her latest.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2015 Booklist