We are thrilled that The Circus of Stolen Dreams, Lorelei Savaryn’s stunning magical middle grade debut, is out today with Philomel / Penguin US.

A dream world turns haunting nightmare in this spellbinding debut novel, perfect for fans of Circus Mirandus and The Night Gardener.

After Andrea’s brother, Francis, disappeared, everything changed. Her world turned upside down, and there was nothing she could do to right it. So when she discovers a magical dream world called Reverie in the woods near her home, Andrea jumps at the chance to escape her pain and go inside. But the cost of admission is high: Andrea must give up a memory in order to enter. And she knows exactly which memory she’d like to give up.

Once inside, Andrea discovers tent after tent of dreams come alive; she can fly on a gust of wind, brave swashbuckling pirates and search for buried treasure, reach for–and wish on–a tangible star, and much, much more. But Andrea soon realizes that not all of Reverie’s dreams are meant to delight, and the Sandman behind the circus tents seems to have plans of his own. When Andrea finds a tent in which her brother’s darkest nightmare has been brought to life, she realizes the dark truth: Reverie is not an escape; it’s a trap.

Will Andrea and her new friend Penny have what it takes to find Francis, figure out what’s really going on in Reverie, and break free from this nightmarish dream world?

A wonderfully inventive, deliciously creepy debut novel that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the last thrilling page has been turned.

Having garnered rave reviews in the lead up to release e.g. a starred review from Booklist calling it “a bewitching debut, filled with dazzling descriptions and real surprises,” we’re excited for The Circus of Stolen Dreams to finally reach readers’ hands.

Join Lorelei tonight at her virtual book launch tonight at 6.30 PM CT hosted by the Book Stall, where she will be joined in conversation with Juliana Brandt, author of The Wolf of Cape Fen.

Lorelei Savaryn holds a B.A. in creative writing from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and works with teachers and elementary students each day as an instructional coach. She lives in Illinois with her husband and four children. The Circus of Stolen Dreams is her first novel, which she revised as a 2018 Pitch Wars mentee.

Huge congratulations, Lorelei!