Life in the 21st Century is quite different than it has been in previous eras as con-temporary young people/new adults attempt to deal with the complex society they are inheriting. For readers who enjoy the realistic flavor of early Judy Blume novels, 'Gather-ing The Dreamcatchers' companion novels break new ground as one-of-a-kind characters navigate the complexities of today including: home -vs- homelessness, safety -vs- abuse, sexuality -vs- love, community -vs- personal sovereignty, civil & legal rights, friendship, family, empowerment...and figuring out how to make the world a better place! This series was born in the shape of a Y: with the first two foundational titles 'Living In Secret' and 'The Skin Of Water: Defending The Dreamcatchers' as separate books containing inde-pendent characters and plots...followed by subsequent companion novels that carry on from that juncture -- 'Esoterica,' 'Paradise Found' and 'Living In Light' (so far!) -- in which we follow 'Living In Secret's Amelia in her ongoing trials/adventures as she grows from 11 to 13/14 to 18 years old, and within which characters from 'The Skin Of Water' reappear. Though the series itself spans various combo, trilogy and omnibus editions, now for the first time ever, the initial two novels can be savored together under one cover as the perfect introduction for readers new to the series! Who are the "dreamcatchers?" Why they are you...me...and everybody else alive during these pivotal times.