Oh, hello there. I’m Michelle, author and sometimes illustrator of novels and picture books for readers of all ages. I mostly write about characters (be they animal, imaginary, or black hole...) who are on a quest to find connection and their truest selves. I live in a house by the woods with my husband and our dogs Fable and Indy. Some of my favorite things are travel, the ocean, nature, poetry, quotes, tea, shortbread, octopuses, trees, bees, train trips, Muppets, Jim Henson, time travel, Pixar, 70s dresses, painting watercolors, surreal hats, philosophy, British baking shows, being read to, falconry, and the final line of the book Charlotte's Web: "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." Anyhoo, welcome to my site, have a look around, and please... don't feed the birds.
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In this exhilaratingly original novel, a fantastical theatre and its troupe perform a young girl’s dreams, until nightmares take over. Will one devoted stagehand be able to bring joy back into the spotlight?
Have you ever awakened from a dream and thought, what was THAT?! A platypus waddling through my school while singing the word farfanoogle? Well, that dream was performed by a dream theatre, and this is the story of one such place: The Lunarian Grand.
The Lunarian is a magical theatre with a mind of its own, often redecorating on a whim or making it snow from the rafters. The theatre’s troupe call themselves the Dreamatics, and together they grow sets from seeds, sew costumes that can change an actor’s shape, and each night when a girl named Luna goes to sleep, they produce her spectacular dreams: dreams of memories, family, and her beloved dog, Murph.
But when something devastating happens in Luna’s waking life, the theatre falls under new management in the form of the Bad Dreams. Now it’s up to a loyal stagehand named Dormir and the Dreamatics to put things right and restore balance in their world and in Luna’s.
Go behind the scenes of your dreams in this enchanting novel full of cozy magic, humor, and wonder.
Go behind the scenes of your
dreams with... the Dreamatics!