Closet of Dreams
by Mark Ukra and Tara Mesalik MacMahon
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Pub Date 04 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024
In “Closet of Dreams” (March 2024), the debut title in “The Adventures of Child and Gamma” chapter book series, brother and sister co-authors Mark Ukra and Tara Mesalik MacMahon tell young readers, “When your fears disappear, your dreams appear!”
An aspiring pitcher with a mean fastball, nine-year-old Child wants nothing more than to be on his local little league team. But the team is dwindling and to make matters worse, Child has a gang of bullies targeting him. He confides in his grandmother, Gamma, and she sends him to the Closet of Dreams, a place she invented for Child so that he’d have a safe place to go when he gets scared.
A star-pitcher back in her day, Gamma now works at the Kids Park where retired circus animals spend their days. When Child sees his animal friends have hidden talents, he turns to them for help. Can Child put his fears aside and save his team?
In this charming chapter book, readers will delight in a magical story of friendship and talking animals. The authors were inspired by their own childhood’s “closet of dreams,” where the make-believe world of Child and Gamma originally came to life.
A Note From the Publisher
Mark and Tara based Closet of Dreams upon their own childhood Closet of Dreams, where the make-believe world of Child and Gamma came to life. Mark was “Child”; Tara was “Gamma.” Book II is already in the works, where Child and his friends race to rescue Starr, a magical baby elephant in Botswana.
“A charming mix of both the everyday and fantastical … Quirky, fun, and thoughtful” —Kirkus Reviews
“As the father of 8 children, I can tell you this is one fantastic-fun book. The characters speak loud!” —Woody Fraser, creator of “Good Morning America”
“Ukra and MacMahon’s imaginative and inviting book .… will feel unique and exciting to young readers.” —BookLife Reviews
“Libraries and adults looking for gentle stories of adventure, courage, and magic will find all these elements and more in ‘Closet of Dreams’” —Midwest Book Review
“A timeless tale reminiscent of a day when love could heal all wounds and hope abounded” —Kim Beyer-Johnson, Writer for Disney and Hallmark