Beyond the Dream

   Juvenile Literature. Fiction

Beyond the Dream (2009) is the first book in a series for teens and pre-teens, although it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Set not only in Toronto and Catalonia, but also in another world, it incorporates many elements of adventure and fantasy, while also exploring issues such as immigration.

After reading the original Catalan edition, Més enllà del somni, published in 2008, Canadian author Caroline Roe was eager to undertake the English translation.

Click the highlighted words for information about the plot and characters or about the other world.


21 Responses to Beyond the Dream

  1. Christie says:

    I enjoyed reading your book professor Shaudin! I have to say that at the beginning, i did not really understood what was going on in the story, but the suspense, intensity, and originality of the story got me glued to the book! Well done!
    By the way, i just saw someone writing on your blog by the name of Jordi Roig, does that mean that Anna’s father is real?

    • Hello Christie,
      Thank you very much for your comment. I guess that when you say you didnt’t quite understand what was going on at the beginning, you are refering to the first 4 or 5 pages. Mainly because of the voice in second person that interacts with Anna’s voice, right? In literature in the Enlish language there are only a few cases where we find narrators using the second person. I’m glad you kept reading and that you enjoyed the book. Let me give you a tip: the voice in the second person that appears at the very beginning of the novel will turn out to be quite important for the whole story (all the books).
      I don’t know if Anna’s father exists. The first name “Jordi” and the last name “Roig” are quite common in Catalan –even the combination “Jordi Roig” is not so unusual. Anyway, the Jordi Roig that wrote a comment in my blog I’m afraid is not Anna’s father.

  2. Tina says:

    Professor Shaudin! I absolutely loved every bit of your book and I can’t wait to read the second one! The underlying intelligence beyond the juvenile story was profound, I couldn’t put it down! Excellent Job! I was also very amazed at what a multifaceted person you are after reading your article. It really inspired me to accomplish much in my own life.

  3. Pashan says:

    Hey Professor Shaudin!
    To start off with the novel, I think it’s very wonderful and your writing style is very lyrical and is rich with detail. The characters in “Beyond the Dream” are, in many aspects, in synch with the traits of Torontonian tweens.
    Overall, I would say my favorite part of the novel was not any specific part, because I loved all of it, but the suspense. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me which person would fulfill the prophecy to help save the other dimension. After discovering the answer to this question literally at the end, without giving away the book, I would really love to know the experience of that individual.
    I am also interested in finding out about the missing characters from our world which went over to the other world. I am also excited to find out about where the mirrors came from (unless it was already stated) and I want to know more about the story of the Dragon and the three men… although I have my suspicions!
    Sorry for taking up a lot of space on your blog! P.S. My little sister is reading your book and she really likes it! I’m secretly afraid she will try to pull a fast one and not give it back! Continue the good work!

    • Hi Pashan!
      Thanks a lot for your comment. Don’t even mention it about taking space in my blog, the more the better. Gives me great satisfaction to read such a detailed comment about my novel by one of my readers. And I’m happy that you think I portrayed Torontonian tweens well.
      About finding out what happened to some people from our world, I think you are refering to Elisenda, the writer. I’m sorry, Pashan, this is something I cannot tell you. I know what happened to her, I know it very well, but for the moment it’s a secret. I’m afraid you’ll have to keep reading the rest of the story to find out. I have to say the same about the story of the dragon and the three men, although, in this case, there are clues –it’s very possible that your suspicions are on the right track.
      Tell your little sister I’m glad she likes the book.

  4. Andrew says:

    Hello everyone,
    I’m quite suspended by the conflict between the Rocdurians and the inhabitants of their neighboring regions. The tension is very thick and I can’t wait to see how it all develops, as the treacherous Rocdurian lord sets his imperious gaze upon them. I’m very curious to find out if Tam meets Alison and Anna, and whether they will be able to help impede the conflict that seems about to unfold. I hope to find out soon (during study breaks) what, and whom, Anna and her bratty sidekick Alison will encounter, since I’m at the part where they just arrived through the mirror.

    • Thank you, Andrew. Your comment shows that you are enjoying the book. You’ll see, as you keep reading, that the development of the story becomes more complex and, I hope, more interesting. Let me tell you, though, that you won’t find all the answers in this first instalment of the story. For the answers to some of the questions you’ll have to read the books that follow.

  5. Natalie says:

    Buenos días Doctora!

    Hoy compré su libro y he comenzado a leerlo. Puedo decir que ya estoy muy interesado y que espero con ansia de terminarlo por completo. Cuando he acabado de leerlo, le diré lo que pienso. Espero que un día pueda firmarlo para mí.

  6. michael says:


    “Beyond the Dream” is a rare book that you find once in awhile. It is difficult to put down and reading it again is not only a must but most importantly a great pleasure. Also, I enjoyed the great deal of humour in the book and liked how it did not overshadow the calamities and emotions surrounding the characters in both worlds. Moreover, everything is rich with imagination and vivid in its expression. Much larger and other complex problems can be seen running parallel in the story with each other and they are not just thrown out there but presented in a way that all can understand. As a result, this leads to the more than meets the eye craze, which is unique and very pleasant in this story. The saddest part is at the end knowing it’s done but you to want to go beyond and read on…

    • Hello Michael!
      Thank you very much for your review of my book. I’m really glad you liked it.
      I’m sorry you cannot read the second part of the story yet. It will be published in Catalan before it’s published in English; perhaps you’ll want to try the Catalan.

  7. Natalie says:

    I absolutely enjoyed this story!

    Your personality just shines through every word written in the book. Many times I could just hear your voice narrating in my head.

    I couldn’t help but love Anna’s character; I often found myself giggling at her smart remarks and at Alison’s superficial ones.

    The amount of creativity put into developing the plot was ample. I thought I knew how the story would end, but to my surprise I was very wrong. Every chapter contained more than enough action to stimulate my curiosity which left me wanting to keep reading. When I would pick up the book and begin to read, I would immediately feel like I was right there with Anna and Alison exploring the highs and the lows of a world beyond a dream.

    I have never read a book like this one, but I am more than glad that I did.

    I really look forward to reading the second part of the story!

    • Thank you very much for your comment, Natalie!
      I’m glad I surprised you at the end. I like surprising the reader. And I love that you felt like you were right there with Anna and Alison –the characters and the place are very alive for me and I’m happy they were for you too.
      I’ll keep you posted when the second book is ready for you to read it!

  8. Maria Afaq says:

    Profesora! I loved the novel! The ending was the best! I least expected it! Truly an amazing read! All of the characters were so unique and the setting and it was just perfect! I really liked how all the little bits of details and clues made sense in the end. One of the best adventure books i’ve ever read :)

  9. Elsa says:

    Professor, I finished the novel and I wanted to commend you for your excellent book! It was well-developed and written! Bravo :)

  10. Marta says:

    Professor Shaudin, I just read your extraordinary novel! It is a magical and multidimensional story, and I couldn’t put it down. I love how much intelligence and creativity is put in every chapter of this book. I thought I knew how the book would end, but it turned out that I was very wrong… I am looking forward to read the second volume to find out about where the mirrors came from and I want to know more about the life of Anna’s grandfather! Congratulations, and keep writing Professor!

  11. Émilie says:

    Professor Shaudin,
    I have finished reading your book and I found myself really loving it! It was quite hard to put that book down. The details of the plot and characters were very well executed. I especially liked the fact that the story would switch from Anna’s real world to the fantasy world of Tam and others. Overall a very good book and a great read :) Great job!

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