The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst – Guest Post

Girl who could not dreamThe Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst

Sophie’s favorite place in the world is the hidden shop beneath her parent’s bookstore where dreams are bought and sold to select and secretive strangers. Sophie is fascinated by dreams — weird, scary, or magical — in part because she has never had a single dream of her own.

When the shop’s dreams are stolen and her mother and father go mysteriously missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save her parents. Together with her best friend — a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster — she must decide who to trust with her family’s carefully-guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?

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“Readers will not want to stop reading this quirky, fast-paced adventure until reaching its satisfactory, heartwarming conclusion… Funny, warm, and highly imaginative.” — Kirkus (Starred Review)

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“This book is self-aware, playing with common fantasy tropes, thus reinvigorating the familiar underlying story of a loner having to learn to overcome her fears to save the ones she loves… A fun, fast read with broad appeal.” — School Library Journal(Starred Review)

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“Boy, do readers have a treat in store for them! Funny, scary, and endlessly inventive, this is the kind of book I would have adored as a kid.” — Bruce Coville, author ofJeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

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“A perfect combination of adventure, humor, and pure imagination!” — Jessica Day George, New York Times best-selling author of the Tuesdays at the Castle series

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Sarah Durst

Author Sarah Beth Durst

Sarah was born in Northboro, Massachusetts, a small town that later became the setting for her debut novel. At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer. (Before that, she wanted to be Wonder Woman, except with real flying ability instead of an invisible jet. She also would have accepted a career as a unicorn princess.) And she began writing fantasy stories. She attended Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and two children.


Guest Post: Favorite Snacks


In my new book, THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM, Sophie’s family owns a secret dream shop where they buy, bottle, and sell dreams.  The shop is hidden beneath a bookstore that sells books, homemade dreamcatchers, and cupcakes.


There are a lot of cupcakes in the book.  It’s the favorite snack of my favorite character, Monster, Sophie’s many-tentacled best friend.  (He came to life out of a classic monster-in-the-closet dream.)  Every time I wrote a scene in which Monster inhaled a cupcake… I got hungry.


One of the best parts about writing at home is easy access to the kitchen.  I often end up grazing my way through the day.  I also use food as a reward, the way you reward a puppy for doing a trick (e.g., if I write this scene, I can have a piece of chocolate…).  It’s pretty effective, both for puppies and for me.


Here are my top five favorite writing reward snacks:


  1. Raisinets — Best writing snack ever. The raisins inside negate the unhealthiness of the chocolate outside, so really it’s like you didn’t even eat them at all.  Right?


  1. Cheese and crackers — I love cheese. I’m happy with generic Monterrey Jack or Muenster cheese, but recently a specialty cheese shop opened up near me…  Yum.  I love the odd cheese with stuff like cranberries or honey in them…  Ooh, goat cheese with honey!  So good!


  1. Raspberries — Best food in the universe. When I was growing up, we used to have an awesome raspberry patch.  I miss it.  Nothing can beat sun-ripened just-picked raspberries.  The store-bought ones are sometimes okay.  Just don’t refrigerate them.


  1. Ghirardelli’s mini milk-chocolate caramels — Just discovered these. I use them as rewards.


  1. Hot chocolate — Best part about winter. I know it’s a drink not a snack, but it’s pretty much my writing muse so I had to include it.


What are your favorites?


  1. Sounds good. Thanks for sharing.