Monday, March 30, 2009

Gossamer - Lois Lowry

Also reviewed by Kari.

Summary: 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 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.

My Review: Littlest dream-giver has been assigned, along with her instructor, to provide dreams for an old, lonely woman and the angry foster child she has taken in. While fending off the bad dreams caused by the Sinisteeds, Littlest learns that regardless of her size she has great strength.
In this story dreams are woven into reality. Lowry takes the reader into the fantasy world of the dream-givers and nightmare-makers while providing you with the reality of everyday challenges faced in the human world. Through this entertaining tale Lowry also provides more of her life lessons. You can accomplish great things regardless of your size. Love can overcome great obstacles.
In only 140 pages, Lowry is able to give the reader a beautifully written original tale full of important lessons and a happy ending. A quick read that you will remember for a long time to come. Who could ask for more?

My Rating: 5 Stars

If I could sum this book up in one phrase it would be: What dreams are made of.

**On a side note, this books states it is written
for ages 9 and older. However readers should know that the boy in this story comes from an abusive background, which, though not discussed in great detail, is in my opinion material suited for a slightly more mature audience . Therefore I would probably suggest this book for ages 12 and up.**

3 comments:

MindySue said...

I loved the Giver, so i'm glad to know that this one is worth it as well. I've heard that the Giver, The Messenger, Gathering Blue, and Gossamer are all a series. Do you know what order they should be read in?

Heather said...

I have no idea if they are a series or not. I have read The Giver and can tell you that none of the same characters appear in Gossamer.
This one is a quick 1-2 day read and so worth your time.

getoverme101 said...

I HAVN`T READ IT AND I`D LIKE TO KNOW IF GOSSAMER IS A BOOK I COULD READ TO KEEP ME ENTERTAINED

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