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Author: Walter Dean Myers Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9780060839178
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For a young adolescent, David Curry has a lot to contend with. He loves and fears Reuben, his troubled father. His older brother, Ty, is turning into someone David doesn't know anymore -- or trust. And his mom is struggling to hold everything together.

But then David meets Mr. Moses, an elderly man who tells him that dreams are the key to understanding reality. And with Mr. Moses's gift of dreams, David begins to see the world through his father's eyes.

Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers weaves a richly layered tale of a boy's journey of self-discovery and the acceptance and compassion he learns along the way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully orchestrated with elegant simplicity and profound insight. Myers creates a real masterpiece with this one.” 


  • “This is a haunting, sad, and hopeful tale of one boy’s struggle to cope with his father’s mental illness...Myers...makes David and his world come alive for the reader in...poignant prose.” 


  • “Myers portrays a young man who, warts and all, emerges as a knowable and admirable hero.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Peter Francis James does a great job portraying an African-American adolescent. His voice is rich, reflective, and melodic...Myers and James give listeners a treat—straight from 145th street.” 


  • “[The Dream Bearer] says much about the importance of forgiveness and understanding in the world today.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “This quiet, subtle story works on a number of layers. Moses’ dreams add to David’s knowledge, strength, and understanding, and nudge him toward a renewed relationship with his father and an appreciation of the danger and magic of Harlem.”

    Kirkus Review (starred review)

  • Winner of the firstMichael L. Printz Award
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A National Book Award Finalist

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About the Author

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.

About the Narrator

Peter Francis James is an accomplished actor on both the stage and the screen. His theater credits include roles in On Golden Pond, Much Ado about Nothing, and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. His many film and television credits include Jahfree Neema in Oz, Raymond Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Joe Gould’s Secret, The Guiding Light, Law & Order: SVU, and Third Watch. James’ audiobook narration has won him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards.