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Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Gossamer (2006)

by Lois Lowry

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I loved this book! I’m not one who tends to read fantasy, but this was a great story. Littlest One, a dream giver, is new to the job and has the toughest one: protecting John from the ones that bring nightmares. I loved the connections between John/The Littlest One and The old woman/Thin Elderly. A great read! ( )
  AleciaDesselle | Mar 17, 2014 |
A young creature is being trained to bestow dreams on humans while they sleep. The story follows her journey as she matures and learns what it takes to be a dream-giver. Her biggest challenge is a young boy trying to overcome his rough past. With the help of their mentors and the people around them. they each must grow up and overcome unimaginable things. It was definitely a story to hold your interest and leave you with questions. I loved the creative way that it was told and really enjoyed the book. ( )
  kryoung1 | Mar 7, 2014 |
I had to read this book twice. Lowry does a good job of making this narrative that is delicate yet harsh. A little boy is abused by both of his parents gets to reside with an old lady who takes care of him as well as her dog. Gossamer is unique in that there is fairy like creature that helps give dreams to that boy as well as other people. She is trained through an elderly who goes with her to a variety of places. Thin elderly is his name and she goes with him against the Sinsteeds who basically do the opposite and give nightmares to the boy about his troubling his past. ( )
  sabdelaz | Mar 2, 2014 |
Genre: Novel
Audience: 4-5th grade
This was a haunting novel that I really enjoyed. Extremely well written using descriptive and vivid sentences and scenes. It contrasted the innocence and lilting joy of Littlest One with the dark and destructive anger and tragedy of the young boy John. Beautifully crafted fantasy novel, though I felt that I wanted more information about the dream givers and the sinisteeds. I will definitely recommend that 5th graders read this. ( )
  ShantiR | Feb 27, 2014 |
I am the last person to read a fantasy novel,but I love this one for many reasons. I found myself rooting for the good fairies and fearing the bad ones. The story also showed me that a lot of times angry children aren't just angry they are sad. I even found myself beliving this book before I went to bed. It is truyly magical ( )
  Jordanlaine | Feb 27, 2014 |
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We are such stuff
As dreams are made on;
and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
--William Shakespeare
"The Tempest" Act 4, Scene 1
For Nadine
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An owl called, its shuddering hoots repeating mournfully in the distance.
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Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old woman’s home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds. Littlest One pieces these bits together and presents them to her sleeping human in the form of pleasant dreams. But the dreaded Sinisteeds, dark fearsome creatures that plague their victims with nightmares, are always at work against the dreamgivers. When the old woman takes in John, an angry foster child with a troubled past, the Sinisteeds go after him with their horrifying nightmares. Can Littlest One, and her touch light as gossamer, protect John’s heart and soul from the nightmare of his dark past?

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While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream-giver tries to save an eight-year-old boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.

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