Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, it depends who you ask. If you ask any of my Guild-prepmates, I’m a loser on the way to becoming a Futuneer because I’ve missed three chances in a row to be Selected for one of Solasenda’s five Guilds. But it isn’t fair!
They kept changing the rules on me to keep me from getting the score I needed! It’s like, since my dad left to help some other Futuneers survive when they were sent west in exile, they just want to get rid of me. In fact…
Well, that’s another story. If you ask my sister, I’m too slow, think too much, and just need to get with the program, but if you ask me, everyone else in this town is crazy. They’re so busy doing, doing, doing that they miss everything that makes me smile, like the crazy displays of random stuff in Mr. Heyvon’s store, the color of the Airators’ golden uniforms when the last rays of the sun hit them while they’re zipping home, or the sound of water trickling down this beautifully useless wall-fountain my mom made for her room in the basement…Hmm… that reminds me- I should sneak down there for some honey after Aunt Agnes has gone to bed.
What is your role in the story?
My mom says my role is to fit in so I can stay in town, but Hilde says discovering who you are and where you come from is more important than what you do or what your job is, so I guess my job is to figure out who to
beleive. If it were up to Aunt Agnes and everyone else, I never would, but Hilde’s showing me this whole other world that no one in town even knows exists! Her AllChives are full of stuff that people have been throwing away for centuries, but it’s like a library of memories and it’s just on the other side of the Begi… Oh. Sorry, but I probably shouldn’t tell you where it is. Hilde says only DreamKeepers are allowed.
What is your favorite hobby?
Definitely practicing to be an Airator. So much of our time is spent doing really boring Guild-prep, like planting seedlings for the Cultivators, laying pipe for the Liquidators, or stacking bricks for the Erectors. But when we’re
training for the Airators, I get to go up the steps to this tower- it’s just a little one, not like the massive new one they put up in the middle of town –and start practicing tube transfer. It probably sounds boring to you, but when the message tubes start coming in faster and faster, you get into this really good flowing feeling, like you are the tube. I can feel it coming toward me and feel just the right moment to hook it off the incoming and swing it over the outgoing without even slowing it down! If they’d just let me show them what I can do at the end of the day, they’d make me an Airator for sure, and then I wouldn’t have to be trapped in this boring little town. I’d get to fly above it, light as a bird, from one end to the other. Yeah, even thinking about that is my favorite thing.
What is the challenge you are trying to overcome in the story?
Keeping DeeDee from driving me crazy. Geesh. No, the real challenge is that there’s something going on, some secret plot against me and DeeDee… I don’t get it, I mean, we’re just two kids! Even Marcel and the other
DreamKeepers don’t get it, but they say it’s too dangerous to stay in town until they do. But what am I going to do out there? I mean, they took us into the Wild Woods! I wouldn’t last a day in there on my own- and they want us to go up the river? So, since I didn’t get Selected, I guess my challenge is to figure out how to become a DreamKeeper. Maybe there’s a tribe that would see what the Guilds in town didn’t- that all I need is a chance to prove myself. I know I can do something amazing if I just get the chance!
If you had one wish, what would it be?
Oh, that’s easy: it would be to fly like Raymonde. She’s incredible! She has a wire and a harness like all the other Airators, but one time, she picked me up and… we really flew! It wasn’t like the usual Airator zipping! We were really soaring through the air! I’d love to…But actually, I’d give even that up if my dad would just come back. My mom’s been so down since he left, she even got dropped out of her Guild! I’m starting to forget what he looked like, but Mr. Heyvon told me how brave he was when he left everything behind for those Futuneers, and I need some of that bravery, now.
Title: Raising Sleeping Stones
Author: P.H.T. Bennett
Genre: MG Fantasy
Like every kid in Solasenda, 11-year-old Kiva Stone has been far too busy training for one of the five town guilds to think about something as useless as dreaming. But when she and her sister DeeDee uncover a mysterious plot to get rid of them, their only hope lies with a shadowy group of people who get unimaginable powers from their dreams. As the girls escape with them up the river, they start learning secret dreaming techniques that have been forbidden for centuries. But how can they learn enough to stand against the enemies chasing them? The answer lies in the shattered history of Orora Crona, the lost Valley of Dreams, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.
P.H.T. Bennet began exploring his dreams when he was a child and has never bothered to stop. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, the main characters of Raising Sleeping Stones, but also helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim,who tolerates his turning on a light in the middle of the night to write down ever-crazier dreams and talking about them in the morning as long as he lets her sleep in, first. His favorite dreams involve flying, visiting the dead, and replaying nightmares until they reveal their secrets.
Pratt’s latest projects are editing Book Two of the Orora Crona Chronicles and planning a virtual summer dreaming camp with other dream authors.
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