Teaser Tuesday (3): Poetry Love, Dahl, and The Dreamer

This is our third time to join Teaser Tuesdays, a meme hosted by Miz B from Should be Reading. Rules are as follows:

  • Grab your current read/s.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I deleted the ‘two sentences’ bit since I tend to include more than two sentences, truth be told).
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I have a different set of books this time around: poetry though, remains to be a staple.

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan & Peter Sis (YA fictionalized biography)

Neftali turned and continued walking away from them. With each step, his thoughts screamed louder. Wasn’t he fine just the way he was? How would the daily terror in the ocean make him stronger? What made Father so cruel? And why did Mamadre do nothing to stop him? Was she just a servant to Father’s whims? Were they all at his mercy?

Neftali stormed up the dunes. Something deep and fierce was growing inside him. Where had that feeling come from?

Had the ocean fed it to him? (p. 175)

The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda, translated by William O’Daly

Who was she who made love to you
in your dream, while you slept?
Where do the things in dreams go?
Do they pass to the dreams of others?
And does the father who lives in your dreams 
die again when you awaken?
In dream, do plants blossom
and their solemn fruit ripen? (p. 43)

D is for Dahl – compiled by Wendy Cooling

Grumpy – Roald Dahl tended to get grumpy as he was drawing near the end of a book, and when he’d finished, he felt terrible. He was afraid that he would never be able to write another one. He would sit, moan, scribble away and just hope that new ideas would pop into his head. They always did. (p. 62)

What’s your Teaser for the week?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

13 comments on “Teaser Tuesday (3): Poetry Love, Dahl, and The Dreamer

  1. Hi Myra! We’re happy to let you know we included Gathering Books in the list of Pinoy book blogs at Read We’d be honored to have you join our fast-growing community of Pinoy readers!


  2. pam munoz ryan has a new book! i looooved esperanza rises!


  3. These are awesome teasers! I loved them! Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s MY TT POST and


  4. All great teasers! And I love Roald Dahl’s books.

    My teaser is from the wonderful and mysterious novel The Night Circus.


  5. Love that poetry. If this book is written in some other language that would make it more difficult for me to find it.

    My Teaser


  6. I’ve yet to see D is for Dahl. Thanks for whetting my appetite even more!


  7. I’ve heard that name! Those are some deep questions, IMO


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