Dream Factory

Dream Factory

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When the Disney World character actors go on strike, teens are hired as replacements. Ella is assigned the role of Cinderella simply because the shoes fit. And every afternoon at three o?clock she gets married to Prince Charming. A perfect dream come true?except Ella doesn't believe in dreams anymore. Meanwhile, Luke is one of the fur characters (Dale, the chipmunk), and his girlfriend, Cassie, plays his counterpart, Chip. Cassie is perfect in every way, so why does Luke want to be with Cinderella? Then Luke and Ella are brought together during a scavenger hunt, and as they uncover the Magic Kingdom's hidden treasures, they discover an undeniable magic between them. Perhaps dreams really can come true after all?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 20mm | 281.23g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Line drawings, black and white
  • 0142412988
  • 9780142412985
  • 427,630

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"An appealing love story." KLIATT
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About Brad Barkley

Brad Barkley is the author of two adult novels (Money, Love and Alison's Automotive Repair Manual) and two story collections, the most recent of which is Another Perfect Catastrophe. Two of his books have been Booksense 76 selections. His short stories have appeared in over thirty magazines. He lives in western Maryland where he teaches fiction writing and raises two children, both too smart for their own good.
Heather Hepler grew up in North Texas. She has lived in Reno, on the coast of Maine, in the interior of Alaska, and near Death Valley, but she currently is being held against her will in Tyler, Texas. She holds a Master's in Library Science from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She works as a reviewer for VOYA, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, Library Media Connection, and The New York Times. Her first novel, Scrambled Eggs at Midnight (Dutton) is set for release in May 2006. The second, The Dream Factory (Dutton) will be released Spring 2007. Her writing has also appeared in the Southwest Review and the Cincinnati Review.
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2,498 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 28% (688)
4 31% (766)
3 28% (708)
2 10% (252)
1 3% (84)

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Living so close to Disney, I had always wondered what would happen if the characters went on strike. Would the park close down or would the powers-that-be make it look like Disney was the still the \"happiest place on earth?\" I think it would be kind of fun to step into the role of a Disney character for just a little while. Brad Barkley and Heather Kepler tell a pretty good tale about a group of young adults who are hired to be \"scabs\" when the regular characters go on strike with DREAM FACTORY. Costumes hide so much more than your face. Easily they can hide emotions you feel. The story centers around two of the cast mates - Ella and Luke. The book is told in alternating viewpoints of the two characters. Disney fans and fans of romance books will enjoy reading this one. I know I did. Ella is a high school graduate biding her time until college starts in the fall. At the moment she is kind of lost, adrift in the world, bottling the sadness deep inside of her. Her brother died in a car accident and she is having trouble dealing with it. Her parents don\'t deal with the situation at all, instead running off to work in Africa on some missionary work. So now she is working at Disney as Cinderella\'s replacement. Ella is nothing like Cinderella and, truth be told, she just got the job because she was the right size. As she says, although it is a plum role, all the cheerful friendliness is starting to take its toll on her. The guy that is Dale\'s replacement is a hottie -- but you would never know it because he is inside a hairy, smelly costume all day not saying a word, just waving to visitors both old and young. If you take a superficial look at Luke\'s life, you might be envious because it seems that he has everything, including a gorgeous girlfriend. But, as we all know, looks can be deceiving. Luke doesn\'t need this job - he has a job all set up for the taking in the family business. The problem is that he doesn\'t work want to work for his dad and this Disney gig is good delay tactic. All the characters are made to participate in a scavenger hunt on Disney grounds. The people in charge thought it would be a great team-building, moral-boosting activity. Luke is paired up with Ella when his girlfriend, Cassie, bails on him to team up with the Disney know-it-all, Mark. Cassie wins, but at the same time she loses, as Luke and Ella discover the magic of Disney as well as the undeniable attraction between themselves . Every story about Cinderella and Prince Charming has them living together happily ever after. Should Ella give a it go with Mark, a Disney fanatic, a really nice guy who plays the Prince to her Cinderella, or will this book rewrite history? Can you picture Cinderella ending up with someone other than Prince Charming? Can dreams really come true? Read DREAM FACTORY to find out for sure.show more
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