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The Tunnel of Dreams

The Tunnel of Dreams

Bernard Beckett

  • awardWinner, Storylines Notable Book Award, New Zealand, 2021
  • awardShortlisted, Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, New Zealand, 2021
  • In the dusty shadows of an abandoned house, twins Stefan and Arlo discover a secretive girl. Alice is smart and strong and not happy to have her hideout found, but she needs their help—her twin sister is locked in a cage suspended high above a mysterious mine in a parallel world.

    Will the brothers meet her at midnight on the next full moon at the entrance to a tunnel Stefan and Arlo both know can’t possibly exist?

    Except that it does. And when they travel through it, the twins find themselves on a dangerous and difficult quest that will challenge all their ideas of who they are and what they can do.

    The Tunnel of Dreams is a delightful middle-grade fantasy adventure about friendship and loyalty, and about dreaming big and achieving the impossible.


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    Bernard Beckett
    About the Author

    Bernard Beckett is a multi-award-winning author of books for adults and young adults and one of New Zealand’s most outstanding writers. The Tunnel of Dreams is his first middle-grade novel. He lives near Wellington with his family.


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    ‘Funny, raw, fantastic…The most exciting young adult writer writing in this country.’

    ‘Escape into this absorbing magical adventure from a master storyteller.’

    ‘A charmingly breezy middle fiction fantasy novel…[with] plenty of villainous twists…perfect for readers who aren’t quite ready for Percy Jackson, and for when the later Harry Potter books are a little too scary.’

    ‘This is [Beckett’s] first middle-grade novel and he’s absolutely nailed it! Fast-paced and exciting action sequences have a cinematic quality. The setting in our “almost world” is both magical and grounded. It’s a cracking read.’

    ’The only drawback to The Tunnel of Dreams is that it ends … This novel deserves a special place in the family home. It will become a dog-eared treasure, one a young person might carry with them as they grow, to slip into the pages when in need of childhood comforts.’

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    • The Tunnel of Dreams
      ISBN: 9781925923629
      29 September 2020
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