Dream Factory by Brad BarkleyDream Factory by Brad Barkley

Dream Factory

byBrad Barkley, Heather Hepler

Paperback | April 16, 2009

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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?
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 teache...
Title:Dream FactoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 16, 2009Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142412988

ISBN - 13:9780142412985

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life When I heard about Dream Factory a few months ago I knew I had to pick it up right away. The story is about a bunch of kids that get hired because the character actors at Disney World go on strike. As someone who is Disney obsessed as well as having worked there this just sounded like a Brittany book. You've got the backdrop of the Magic Kingdom, the Disney references and college age kids doing what I was doing when I lived there(having a good time). I did find Dream Factory cute, enjoyed the setting and some of the secondary characters. I just couldn't love it. We've got two POV's, Ella and Luke. They're both there for different reasons but really they both needed to get away from their families and really figure out what they want to do with their lives. Luke and Ella are also tip toeing around their feelings for each other. Which was kind of annoying and not really cute. But they get each other when no one else does. They're both kind of weird and say weird things that only the other person gets and has an answer to. I found myself bored with the story quite a bit. So I had to take breaks and pick up something else. And I also found myself nit picking over the details of their work environment. Which is fully me, and will have nothing to do with a lot of other readers. Where it's obvious that Barkley and Hepler did some research on the systematic's of the Magic Kingdom and the living conditions for the Disney College Program I just couldn't stop myself from finding all the faults and impossibilities. Unfortunately that was just me being way to overly critical in a book that there was need to be. Anyhow, Dream Factory is a cute story about Ella and Luke trying to find themselves well finding each other with the backdrop of the Magic Kingdom.
Date published: 2015-08-07

Editorial Reviews

"An appealing love story." KLIATT