Saturday, April 9, 2011


By Lois Lowry

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 Newberry Medal 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 each other, renewed by the strength that comes from a tiny, caring creature they will never see.

This book is by one of my favorite authors. Lois Lowry has written The Giver, and Number the Stars, among many others. Gossamer is a sweet story about where dreams come from and how important they are to us. I enjoyed following Littlest One around and gathering pieces of memory with her touch as light as gossamer. This is a great short read with a sweet and gentle feeling to it. I finished this one with a sigh and a smile.

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