Meet Rafael, a boy who doesn’t want to become a Guardian Of Dreamland.
Rafael’s life isn’t perfect, but when he is recruited by Centisom to become a Guardian Of Dreamland, he is far from thrilled to leave his family behind.
Guardians are destined to shelter, heal, nurture, and defend the sleeping children who visit Dreamland.
But Rafael’s passion is for soccer. He isn’t interested in learning magic, battling vicious monsters, and puzzling about his strange magical gifts while trying to avoid yet another bully.
As all his escape plans fail, Rafael and his new friends are caught in mysterious events that threaten to destroy Dreamland. The rise of the DarKNight compels Rafael to decide between his future and those of millions of innocents.
Targeted Age Group:: 10+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote Guardians Of Dreamland with my sons. We love new, fantasy worlds and decided to create our own.
Furthermore, Rafael (our hero) struggles with the repercussions of harassment. This matter is not foreign to us, and we wanted to show how difficult it is to regain one's balance after that kind of traumatic experience.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Sadly, most of our characters are inspired by real-life experience. I particularly like Poppina, who has the heath of a lion.
They were skulking in the shadow. His heart was beating too fast, and his breath was too loud in his own ears. A feather-light brush on his hand startled a strangled cry from his mouth.
“Hush, Rafael,” Poppina whispered, “go ahead, the coast is clear.”
As he neared Mr. Zhou’s classroom on shaky legs, he wondered how Poppina had roped him into this harebrained scheme. Centisom had informed him the teacher was still sniffing around back at Gateway Hall. Poppina and Maddox were on the lookout. Now, his task was to pry open the door to Mr. Zhou’s classroom and office.
Previously, they had been searching Infinite Library. When Poppina initially suggested poking around Centisom’s records there to see if they could find anything about the mysterious T.P.O.D. device’s owner, it seemed like a good idea. She had theorized a former trainee must have reprogrammed the tablet, somebody with an ax to grind with the Guardians. If she was right, their best bet was to search the trainees’ archives for recent dropouts. Recent, because Media Room was a relatively new addition to Centisom. Further, the prospect of rejection plus brainwashing provided a strong motive.
As they had discussed the matter, Rafael shocked them with the memory scrubbing thing. The teachers didn’t advertise that part of the Centisom equation.
“Who unleashes monsters knowing he or she won’t be there to admire their work?” Maddox asked, baffled.
“Somebody with a huge grudge, and a sick sense of humor,” Poppina observed. “If I’m thrown out, and they alter my brain, you guys need to find me and put my head right.”
“Done, but only if you’d return the favor,” Rafael bargained. “Uh, that is if they don’t scrub us too to make us forget you.”
“You think they’d do that?”
“I would if I were them.”
“Then we need to write down our story,” Poppina said.
Rafael lifted a finger. “You remember that Centisom wipes out the unused space.”
“Holy crap on a stick! There would be no way to reconnect!”
“Maddox, language,” Poppina admonished in her best bossy voice. “I’m sure there’s a way around that. We just need to find it.”
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