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Awake and Dreaming

Kit Pearson's novel won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature in 1997.

Kit Pearson

Kit Pearson's children's novel tells the emotional but inspiring tale of an introverted 9-year-old girl named Theo living in poverty and dreaming of a "perfect" family. Awake and Dreaming won the 1997 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature.

Awake and Dreaming is for readers ages 8 and up.

From the book

Choosing a new book was like looking for treasure. Theo always took a good long time. First she examined some paperbacks on a revolving stand. But they were mostly novels about one girl or one boy with a problem, or horror stories with scary covers. That wasn't what she wanted. She knew she'd have better luck on the shelves where the older hardcover books were kept. She walked along looking at them slowly, tilting her head to read the titles. Half Magic, The Moffats, The Family From One End Street... Theo tingled with pleasure as she recognized favourites from other libraries.


From Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson ©1996. Published by Penguin Canada.