Your Preview Verdict: Dreaming by Starlight by Siobhan Curham

Your Preview Verdict: Dreaming by Starlight by Siobhan Curham

Jazz, short for Jasmine, and her parents have just moved to Brighton from Sydney, so that Jazz’s dad, Mikey, can pursue his career as a music producer. Jazz is finding it difficult to fit into her new school, and her love of surfing seems destined to be quashed for ever. Not only do Brighton’s beaches have stones instead of sand and the water is downright freezing. but there’s not a surfboard in sight. When she meets her older cousin, Amber, at a family dinner in London. Amber senses Jazz’s unhappiness and tells her about the Moonlight Dreamers, a secret society of likeminded friends that she founded years earlier. Amber suggests that Jazz seek out a group of soulmates too and form her own Moonlight Dreamers.

At first Jazz is wary, but then decides to leave postcards for prospective soulmates, just as her cousin had. And so a new group of Moonlight Dreamers is born. Allegra, Hope, Portia and Jazz may be very different but they soon become firm friends who are always there for one another. They listen to each other’s problems and support each other’s hopes – and help them make their dreams come true.

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I for one think this is a really, really nice book. It’s about a group of girls who are friends and start a club called the Moonlight Dreamers. I loved the characters! I couldn’t put it down. It’s heart-warming in a way and it’s really cool. That’s all I can say. Except for the fact that I loved it and that I think my BFF Sia would love it too so please publish lots of copies so she can have one too. Katherine, aged 10, WA, 5 Stars

Dreaming by Starlight was such a fun book to read. I enjoyed it from start to finish as it took me into a place of imagination and fun. Life isn’t always as perfect as it seems for many people, especially these days with all of the social media we are surrounded by, a lot of influencers’ posts show a beautiful, flawless life which many of us know isn’t completely real but can’t help but compare our own lives to. This book takes you through the eyes of four different girls and their quests to fulfil dreams they have shared with each other. Jazz, an Aussie relocated to Brighton, England by her dad’s career, finds it hard to make friends so when her cousin Amber pitches her ‘moonlight dreamers’ idea she really has nothing to lose. Starting off as complete strangers brought together by an anonymous postcard, the moonlight dreamers form a bond of friendship like no other. Jazz, Hope, Allegra and Portia are all trying to find that something that will make their lives just that little bit better. The help of ‘what would Oscar do’ as well as each other pushes them to find that inner confidence to make their dreams come true. Francis, aged 15, NSW, 5 Stars

Dreaming by Starlight is a heartening and stirring book, that displays how crucial friends are in achieving daring and bold dreams. Allegra was my favourite character because she is complicated, but I found all the characters to each be uniquely different and dauntless. When Jazz moves to Brighton from Australia she has trouble finding friends and getting used to her new life in England. She takes advice from her cousin Amber to set up a Moonlight Dreamers club where other girls her age who join are proud to be different, unique and special just like her. I loved and enjoyed how there was a humorous side to the story and a side of friendship and it’s troubles, together the two sides brought together a story which I could not stop reading. Dreaming by Starlight is a reality based novel that will make you cry, smile and dream at every turn of the page. This story will definitely stick with me for a long time. Penelope, aged 12, NSW, 5 Stars

Dreaming By Starlight by Siobhan Curham was a wonderfully written and delightful book. We are taken into the world of four different girls who are part of a new group of Moonlight Dreamers, a secret society of girls who form a strong bond and experience like-minded friendship. The characters were intriguing and have their own relatable qualities which would inspire any young girl to trust in themselves and their friends in order to follow their dreams. This was a fun and enjoyable book to read filled with friendship, emotion and hope. I recommend it to all ages for something special to add to your bookshelves. Sharon, VIC, 5 Stars

This review is on behalf of a 15-year-old and myself a 50-something. The 15-year-old  said it was great and went off to find other books by the author, which is her version of a highly recommended. From my perspective, I really enjoyed this book and its message of the strength of friendship and that even if at first they seem to have nothing in common, true friendship is supporting each other. Not only is this a great read, it’s also an uplifting story of the power of finding your ‘clan’. Leesy, NSW, 5 Stars

This is the third instalment of the Moonlight Dreamers series. This book is the perfect book in the series to jump into if you aren’t keen on reading them all as the focus shifts to a different bunch of girls. The whole series looks at the struggles of teenage girls and trying to find friendship when you feel like an outcast. The girls are brought together by a series of postcards like Jazz’s cousin Amber distributed in the first book. It’s nice to see teenage girls bond and follow their dreams. Jaclyn, aged 14, WA, 5 Stars

I really enjoyed Siobhan’s ‘Dreaming of Starlight’. At first it took a little while to get my head around the four main characters, but once I got that straight I loved hearing the different perspectives and viewpoints. My favourite character was Jazz, the Australian in the group, because she like to surf and she’s very ambitious. I’d really like to read The Moonlight Dreamers now, the first book in the series, although Starlight Dreamers works fine as a stand alone book. Thanks to Better Reading for introducing me to this great series. Asha, aged 14, VIC, 5 Stars

This was a really nice story of friendship, I really enjoyed it. Hope was my favourite. I loved seeing her fears of her sickness go away the more she made new friends. I was also glad her and Allegra became so close. I like that Allegra saw that her school friends might not be the right people for her. That’s hard to do sometimes. This was a great story, thank you for letting me read it early. Violet, aged 12, WA, 5 Stars

Dreaming By Starlight by Siobhan Curham is an interesting book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt that the characters that Siobhan created were relatable and I could connect with all of them. I especially liked Jazz who moved away from home and doesn’t have any friends. It was entertaining and enjoyable the whole way through this book. I would recommend it to everyone! Lara, aged 13, WA, 5 Stars

Dreaming by Starlight. Even the name describes how you can follow your dreams. The Moonlight dreamers is a club where dreams come true. I haven’t read the first two books of the series, but, you don’t need to. The Moonlight dreamers have been passed down to the next generation of teenagers, who have problems in life and need them to be solved. The main message and life lesson was about supporting and making new friends, if only you give them a chance. This is a magical book and l would absolutely love for another one to come out! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this book! Kate, aged 11, VIC, 5 Stars

I enjoyed the book Dreaming by Starlight by Siobhan Curham and am writing this review on behalf of my grand-daughter. I was apprehensive to read a book that is for the younger generation but I actually found it difficult to put down and read quite late into the night. The characters are funny, lively, unusual and bright and I found the writing style very witty and easy going. All in all it is a terrific book and I recommend it highly. Sharon, QLD, 5 Stars

I really liked the characters in this book because they were all really different but they all support each other and are good friends to each other. I like how they solved the mystery about the dog as well. Mia, aged 9, VIC, 5 Stars

Just finished reading Dreaming by Starlight. Such a great uplifting positive message which is inspiring for young readers. Will be passing this great read onto my nieces who will also fall in love with it. Shazz, NSW, 5 Stars

Thank you to Better Reading for an ARC of this novel by British author, Siobhan Curham “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde. Friends make dreams come true but just what happens when a dream seems impossible to achieve? When we start to have doubts? That’s the time when we need others to listen to our fears as well as encourage our hopes and help us to believe in ourselves. Essentially that is what this book is about. The author takes the reader into the world of four very different girls who come together through the Moonlight Dreamers, a secret society. While they start off as complete strangers they do become firm friends as each follows their quest to fulfil their dreams. As they share with one another their trust in each other grows and they are able to raise their cups of hot chocolate “To the Moonlight Dreamers – and Oscar Wilde.” This was such a fun book to read. It has been a long time since I read any YA fiction but I really did enjoy this book which is deemed suitable for 12+. I look forward to passing it on to my oldest granddaughter to read. Ruth, WA, 4 Stars 

Jazz moves to Britain from Australia and because she struggles to fit in she forms a friendship group called, “The Moonlight Dreamers club”. Throughout the book they have many adventures, stick together no matter what, face problems and learn from their mistakes. I love how the book is about getting used to change, trying to build new friendships and learning important lessons. One of my favourite lessons was to not judge a person by how they look, which is a very important lesson because doing that will lead to a very small friendship group or maybe even no friends at all. Another thing I love is how the whole friendship group is based on a quote, “we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars”, which means something different to each of the members. Overall I loved this book and really recommend it to pre-teens and teens, who love a story about friendship and getting used to change. Claire, aged 11, TAS, 4 Stars

Dreaming By Starlight tells about 4 girls who meet after receiving postcards quoting Oscar Wilde. They are not a likely group of friends but they agree to meet and help each other achieve their dreams. Along the way, they become good friends, they support each other and they find out lots about themselves in the meantime. The book has a really good positive message underlying the story, but it doesn’t feel “preachy”. It encourages the readers to not give up, to find your people and to take risks. It also says that not everything will go your way or turn out just as you wanted it to, but that’s ok. The four main characters are all different, so most people would find someone in the story who they identify with. Maree, aged 13, QLD, 4 Stars

A compelling story that reinforces the importance of being yourself. Jazz is finding that growing up can be tough and lonely, and fitting in when you don’t stand out is difficult. This novel could be classed as a romance, but it more about the challenges of children in new locations, demonstrated through the power of friendship and being yourself. A heartwarming story that weaves the differences of friends into close bonds in a group that is as powerful as one. A great read for all young children that is both entertaining, and a good reminder that being you is ok. Tom, aged 10, WA, 4 Stars

Thank you for the opportunity to review this book. Even though I’m way past being a young teenager, I really liked the way the story gives young people strategies on how to cope with big changes in their lives, dealing with bullying, loneliness and how to deal with people in a non confrontational way and the ability to be proactive in making friends. Gloria, SA, 4 Stars

A book suitable for early teenage girls. Along the lines of Babysitters Club. Four girls meeting teenage problems by forming a club, based on Oscar Wilde sayings. Boys would not like this book and it is definitely aimed at young teenage girls. A very pronounced; feel good, do good story. Reminding me of early books I read as a teen such as Ballet for Laura and The Abbey Girl series. It seems teenage girls throughout time have moral issues and friend issues that can be captured in a book. Worth the read. Ainsley, QLD, 4 Stars

Dreaming by Starlight is the third book in the Moonlight Dreamers series written by Siobhan Curham. The story starts with a young girl Jasmine, Jazz for short, who has moved to Brighton from Sydney, she is finding it hard to fit in to her new school and her love of surfing has come to a halt, Brighton beaches have not a lot to offer. Jazz needed some kind of assurance that her life will get better, after meeting her older cousin Amber she finds hope in knowing that once there was a secret society called Moonlight Dreamers Amber founded when she was younger and suggested Jazz do the same and a new club was born. Siobhan Curham completely captures the highs and lows, dreams, and insecurities of the average teen through her protagonist, Jazz along with supporting characters Hope, Portia, and Allegra. The story flowed, was very easy to read with dramatic realism blended with metaphysical and psychological elements to tell a powerful story that gives deep meaning to the term ‘teen angst.’ Dreaming by Starlight is an encouraging friendship story. I loved how supportive the girls were, facing obstacles, showing that it takes a whole lot of effort and encouragement from one another to pull through with their own monsters. This is a delightful read that will leave readers full of hope, guaranteed to fully engage its intended young adult audience in every respect. I feel most teenagers will grasp, understand, and identify with the characters’ fears, motivations, and angst. Melissa, SA, 4 Stars

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26 April 2022

Better Reading Kids Preview: Dreaming by Starlight by Siobhan Curham

Publisher details

Dreaming by Starlight
Author
Siobhan Curham
Publisher
Walker Books
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
04 August, 2022
ISBN
9781529504019

Synopsis

Ages 12+

Jazz and her parents have just moved to Brighton from Sydney, so that Jazz's dad can pursue his career as a music producer. Jazz is finding it difficult to fit into her new school, and her love of surfing seems destined to be quashed for ever. Not only do Brighton's beaches have stones instead of sand and water that is downright freezing, but there doesn't seem to be a surfboard in sight. When she meets her older cousin, Amber, at a family dinner in London. Amber senses Jazz's unhappiness and tells her about the Moonlight Dreamers, a secret society of likeminded friends that she'd founded years earlier. Amber suggests that Jazz seek out a group of soulmates too and form her own Moonlight Dreamers. At first Jazz is wary, but then decides to leave postcards for prospective soulmates, just as her cousin had. And so a new group of Moonlight Dreamers is born. Allegra, Hope, Portia and Jazz may be very different but they soon become firm friends who are always there for one another. They listen to each other's problems and support each other's hopes – and help them make their dreams come true.

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