2021 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner in Young Adult Fiction
"We are most courageous at our weakest; when we believe we have faced what we fear the most and have nothing more to lose."
Set against the backdrop of two warring towns, Oby Aligwekwe's Young Adult debut-told from the viewpoint of her main character-is inspired by her West African heritage, fables, and spiritual beliefs. Ona's journey reveals the power of choice, the true source of happiness, and, most importantly, the transformation one must go through to realize and eventually occupy their purpose.
At the sudden death of her grandfather, Ona's pain transports her to mystical Luenah-a place of infinite possibilities, free of turf wars and other ills that plague the earthly dimension she lives in. In Luenah, where her grandfather awaits her, Ona learns she is an Eri, one bestowed with unique intuitive and spiritual gifts passed down from generation-to-generation.
On her eighteenth birthday, she returns to Luenah and is handed a box to deposit her 'exchange' for love and happiness-her greatest desires. Burdened by her quest, Ona crosses paths with danger and heartbreak as the two men that love her dearly are viciously pitted against each other. As evil looms, she learns that dreams carry a hefty price, and no one is who they seem. Now, she must unmask the villain and save the one she loves, even at the risk of losing everything she holds dear.
"Young adults and older readers will be enchanted by this fantasy's magic, romance, and life lessons." -Booklife by Publishers Weekly
"Young adults ages 13 and up will find The Place Beyond Her Dreams an inviting, thought-provoking adventure that surveys family, communities, and the power and consequences of personal decisions." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review