By: Siobhan Curham
Genre: YFN - Family & home stories
Published by: Walker Books Australia
Published: 3 Aug 2022
ISBN: 9781529504019


Friends make dreams come true.

Jazz, short for Jasmine, and her parents have just moved to Brighton from Sydney, so that Jazz's dad, Mikey, can pursue his career as a music producer. Jazz is finding it difficult to fit into her new school, and her love of surfing seems destined to be quashed for ever. Not only do Brighton's beaches have stones instead of sand and the water is downright freezing, but there's not a surfboard in sight. When she meets her older cousin, Amber, at a family dinner in London Amber senses Jazz's unhappiness and tells her about the Moonlight Dreamers, a secret society of likeminded friends that she founded years earlier. Amber suggests that Jazz seek out a group of soulmates too and form her own Moonlight Dreamers. At first Jazz is wary, but then decides to leave postcards for prospective soulmates, just as her cousin had. And so a new group of Moonlight Dreamers is born.

Allegra, Hope, Portia and Jazz may be very different but they soon become firm friends who are always there for one another. They listen to each other's problems and support each other's hopes – and help them make their dreams come true.

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Set in London’s beachside suburb of Brighton, after Jazz and her family have just moved from Sydney.

Jazz desperately misses her friends back home, as well as surfing. Jazz hopes to make friends at her posh new private school. But when that fails terribly she decides to follow her cousin’s advice and seek out soulmates by secretly dropping postcards inviting them to the first get together of the Moonlight Dreamers.

And when Hope, Allegra and Portia arrive, the friendship begins. Not everything goes as planned as all of the girls have difficulty opening up and sharing their dreams. But once they do, the magic happens!

I love a beautiful, powerful story that is filled with goodness. There is not a better way to lift your spirits than a delightful and uplifting book like this one.

With themes of pursuing your dreams, empowerment, doing good for the world and the power of friendship, this is an ideal novel for readers aged 12 and older.

Reviewed by Rob