Dream Country on more ‘Best of 2018’ lists

Dream Country was named a Best Book of 2018 in the Best YA Historical Fiction  category, by Kirkus.


The judges highlighted this phrase from the initial review: “A necessary reckoning of tensions within the African diaspora—an introduction to its brokenness and a place to start healing.”

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What She Reads also included Dream Country on its Best YA Books of 2018 list.

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Jena Brown writes, “Gibney shows us in raw, unflinching detail how racism looks. How it feels. How it stems and grows, from one group of people to another, blossoming and breeding, hate fueling and feeding hate, from one generation to the next. This story is emotional. It’s uncomfortable. But it’s real. Without understanding the pain of our past, how can we possibly grasp the difficulty in our present? Gibney answers, we can’t. This is a book for teens who have ever felt marginalized. Who have ever felt that they don’t fit, they don’t belong, that they aren’t enough. For anyone that has ever wanted to understand. The deep exploration of very real topics stemming from this story will be ones that stay with you, long after these pages end.”


Dream Country also made the cut at Teen Librarian Toolbox, as one of Amanda MacGregor’s favorites of 2018.


She writes, “Gibney’s complex look at one family, told through a wide scope, is moving and unlike anything I have ever read before in YA. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Don’t miss it.”


Finally, Audiofile magazine has given Dream Country an “Earphone Award,” which is basically the equivalent of a starred review.

Bahni Turpin narrates.

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