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Children's Fiction Fantasy & Magic


by (author) Carol Matas

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Fantasy & Magic
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 16
  • Grade: 8 to 11


Jade is having nightmares. It's been a few months since the episode at the synagogue--a few months since she discovered her strange new "powers"--and she's pretty sure that a dream is no longer just a dream. Especially these dreams. How else do you explain seeing someone in your sleep who ends up on the front page of the morning paper--the victim of a murder? And what happens when one of the intended victims turns out to be someone a little too close to home? This time, Jade is more than willing to use her abilities to solve the murder. But will she figure it out in time?

About the author

Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of over thirty-five novels for children and young adults. Her best-selling work, which includes three award-winning series, has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Taiwanese, Turkish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German, French, Indonesian and Russian.
A graduate of the Actor's Lab, in London England, Carol first earned a B.A. (English) from The University of Western Ontario. Her teaching experience includes Artists in the School, Manitoba Arts Council;visiting professor at Bemidji State University, Minnesota; and a Creative Writing instructor, Continuing Education Division, The University of Winnipeg. Carol is an inspiring and passionate speaker who is frequently invited to address children and adults alike across North America.
Carol writes contemporary and historical fiction, as well as science fiction and fantasy. She first began writing historical fiction when her Danish husband told her stories about his parents' experiences fighting the Nazis in World War II. She has often written about Jewish themes, and is well known for her books concerning the Holocaust, writing Daniel's Story at the request of The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Over the years, her knack for successfully infusing serious and thought-provoking issues into an action-driven format has kept readers of all ages engaged.
The list of awards for her books is long, and includes two Sydney Taylor awards, The Geoffrey Bilson award, a Silver Birch award, The Jewish Book Award, as well as the inclusion of her books on many honour lists, such as the ALA notable list, The New York Times Review notable list, The New York Public Library list for the Teen Age, and the Voya books in the middle, Best Book list. She has also been nominated for the Governor General Award twice.
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Librarian Reviews

Visions (Book II in The Freak Trilogy)

Visions is the second in a planned trilogy about Jade, who was first introduced in Carol Matas’s The Freak in 1997. After a bout of meningitis, 15-year-old Jade discovers that she has psychic abilities. In the first book of the series (also being reissued by Key Porter), she manages to avert a bombing while struggling to deny her “gift.” In Visions, Jade has accepted her abilities but has to figure out what to do when she dreams about a murder – one that becomes very real. When her nightmares start again – this time with a new victim – she and the police have to work quickly.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2007. Vol.30 No.3.

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