Gossamer by Lois LowryGossamer by Lois Lowry

Gossamer

byLois Lowry

Paperback | January 8, 2008

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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?
Lois Lowry has twice been the recipient of Newbery Medals and has written many popular books for children.
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Title:GossamerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.63 × 5.19 × 0.4 inPublished:January 8, 2008Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385734166

ISBN - 13:9780385734165

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The magical world was perfect- the characters weren't larger than life but instead relatable. 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.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. I enjoyed this book, but found it slightly boring at the beginning. It helped me think of all the simple things in life we forget.
Date published: 2008-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good premise, but lack of plot This was a novel based on describing a situation and expanding on it, rather than weaving an exciting story with the situation as its foundation. There were plenty of possibilities for a breathtaking plot and a dramatic ending, but all that really occurred to me was how Littlest One was maturing while she aged as a dream-giver and how she would eventually teach younger pupils to bestow dreams. Of course, I felt happy for Littlest, having achieved so much over the course of the novel, but the lack of action and adventure was disappointing. Nevertheless, the Lois Lowry uses beautiful, descriptive language that was perhaps the only source of motivation for me to continue reading, coupled with her imagination. I would recommend this book for those who would like to read a book that is unique in its own right, but otherwise, I only found Gossamer to be satisfactory.
Date published: 2008-06-07

Editorial Reviews

“Lowry’s prose is simple and clear. This carefully plotted fantasy has inner logic and conviction. Readers will identify with Littlest, who is discovering her own special talents. . . . A beautiful novel with an intriguing premise.”–School Library Journal, Starred