I need help remembering a story/book that I read in elementary school, but I can't remember the name, characters, or a major part of the plot of the story. Here is what I can remember:

Yhere was a boy and girl. They were probably kids and the story started with them figuring out they could communicate with their minds. I believe they run away at some point, but I have no idea what part of the plot this was (it may have been to locate another person or "thing"). I do remember them at a "library" but don't remember why they went there.

I also believe the story ends with them at a carnival, but I'm having doubts that it was there. In the end they meet up with whatever this other person/thing was, and I remember the story saying the other person was in pajamas and possibly even the boy and girl were, but again my memory is sketchy.

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    Is this story set in the "normal" world? Apart from the library and the carnival, this sounds a bit like John Wyndham's The Crysalids.
    – Fruitbat
    Mar 14, 2012 at 16:43
  • From what I can remember, it was in the normal world. I looked at the plot for "The Crysalids" and that's not the story but I'm sure it's on the right track.
    – Gabriel Graves
    Mar 14, 2012 at 17:21

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Could it be Into the Dream by William Sleator? The grade level (3 and up) matches your description, as do the details I'm reading about it.

The two main characters are a boy and a girl who discover that they are sharing dreams. This leads them to discover their ability to telepathically communicate. Their dreams often involve a haunting ferris wheel (the carnival you mention), and they realize that they have to go rescue a boy (the someone you mention).

  • Wow... spot on! Thanks a lot. I thought I would never find what story that was! Thanks a bunch! Too bad its hard to find as an AudioBook.
    – Gabriel Graves
    Mar 15, 2012 at 1:58
  • THANK YOU THANK YOU for posting the answer to this. I've been looking for the name of this book for an hour or more.
    – user6393
    May 18, 2012 at 0:16
  • @Azi You're welcome :) And thanks for commenting - I didn't even know this question was migrated here!
    – commando
    May 18, 2012 at 1:27

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