THE DREAM STEALER by Sid Fleischman
There is a bandit who comes in the night. He does not want pretty silver earrings or dangly gold necklaces, not diamonds or rubies.
What does he want?
Listen, I will tell you.
He wants dreams.
He is supposed to take only nightmares—the dreams of monsters and phantoms—but he's grown scared. He's been taking the good dreams instead.
But one night he steals from the wrong girl.
Susana is clever. She is wily. She is brave. And she wants her dream back.
It was with great sadness that I read of Sid Fleischman's death last March. I had the good fortune to meet him many years ago, early in my career and in that brief encounter he epitomized to me what a "nice gentleman" was. Funny, sincere and warm--just like this book, one of his last gifts of literature to the world. A lovely little jewel of a book.