Novel: Blue is for Nightmares


Bibliographical Information:

Title- Blue is for Nightmares

Author- Laurie Faria Stolarz

ISBN- 0738703915

Publisher- Llewellyn Publications


Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Mystery

Interest Age: 15 and up

Reader’s Annotation: Stacey begins to have her nightmares again, and last time she ignored them a little girl died. Now her nightmares are about her best friend.

Plot Summary:

Stacey Brown is in boarding school and begins to have nightmares about her best friend Drea being killed. Everything that occurs in Stacey’s dreams begin to start happening in real life. This has happened to Stacey before, but she ignored them, and it resulted in the death of a little girl. Drea begins to get weird phone calls and emails from someone. Stacey is determined to get to the bottom of it and stop Drea from getting hurt. When another girl at their school is found murdered, Stacey decides to do some more research. Drea comes up missing and Stacey finds herself in the wood and runs into another student named Donovan. She becomes suspicious of him and follows him. She has to use the restroom and finds Drea, but they also run into Donovan who threatens them. Donovan ends up getting arrested, and Stacey goes back to school.

Critical Evaluation:

I’ve read this book a few times, and it was one of the first series I completed as a young adult. I recently re-read this book. I think the author does a great job of capturing teens and their feelings. I really connected with Stacey, and I thought the story line was believable with some paranormal aspects added to it. I think that

Author Bio/Information:

“Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been named on various awards list” (“Laurie Faria Stolarz”, n.d.).

Ties to Curriculum Units:N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

How does Stacey connect her nightmares to the future, and what does that mean for her future?

Challenging Issues:

There are some instances of stalking and talking of murders. I would explain to anyone who challenged this novel that it is critical to the story line. Overall, I think this book is enjoyable for teens.


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