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Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears? Drawing on her rich imagination, two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry confronts these questions and explores the conflicts between the gentle bits and pieces of the past that come to life in dream, and the darker horrors that find their form in nightmare. In a haunting story that tiptoes between reality and imagination, two people--a lonely, sensitive woman and a damaged, angry boy--face their own histories and discover what they can be to one another, renewed by the strength that comes from a tiny, caring creature they will never see.

Gossamer is perfect for readers not quite ready for Lois Lowry's Newbery-Award winner The Giver and also for readers interested in dreams, nightmares, spirits and the dream world.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
ISBN: 9780618685509
Branch Call Number: LOWRY
Characteristics: 140 p.


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shokolit Jun 01, 2016

A beautifully written book. I enjoyed it, my daughter too. Recommended for all ages.

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Feb 17, 2018

This is a magical book. I can't understand why it hasn't gotten more attention.

shokolit Jun 01, 2016

A beautifully written book. I enjoyed it, my daughter too. Recommended for all ages.

Jan 25, 2016

Gossamer begins as a story about Dream-givers, sprite-like beings who try to give humans pleasant dreams. The story then follows an old woman who takes in a foster child named John. There is also a dream-giver watching over John's mother, who is desperately trying to get John back. The story is about a dream-giver named Littlest trying to grow up and learn how to do her job, as well as about John who is growing up and overcoming his troubled childhood.

Nov 11, 2014

This book is very good, I really recommend it. But it's a book for readers who have a liking to books that are not as action packed as others. Littlest is the main character and is the curios and sometimes irresponsible type.

Dec 11, 2012

I really liked this book.You really feel for John and Littlest One. Littlest One is so cute, and I love that she is always sucking her thumb and trying to hide it. My little sister does that a lot.

Dimmu16 Aug 18, 2012

I really liked this story! It was magical really.

RarePurpleJaguar Jun 29, 2012

One of the greatest books of all time. The magical world was perfect, and the characters weren't larger than life, but characters that you could actually relate to. I loved the Littlest One, she reminds me of my younger sibling. Lois Lowry has created a classic!

EMILY N CHEN Jan 07, 2012

very good book

Loved this book! Beautifully written and masterfully constructed, Gossamer approaches questions with a thoughtfulness only Lewis Lowry can, and leaves you with the feeling of awakening from a dream.

Dec 30, 2010

Pretty good book.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 20, 2012

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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