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Gossamer

by Lois Lowry

Published by Walter Lorraine Books / Houghton Mifflin, 2006
140 pages
ISBN: 0-618-68550-2

Ages 9-12

Memories are literally the stuff of which dreams are made in a captivating new novel from Lois Lowry. They have the power to haunt and, more important, the power to heal. Littlest One is a Dreamgiver who draws upon that healing power as she bestows dreams upon an angry young boy who was abused, and upon the lonely older woman who has agreed to be his foster parent. By day the woman offers the boy patience, understanding, and humor as she slowly builds his trust. At night it is up to Littlest One to strengthen the child’s sense of security. Perceptive and tender-hearted, the small being with the gossamer touch is sometimes willing to break the rules of dreamgiving as she looks for memories that will bring happy dreams, and strives to keep the dark forces that want to bestow nightmares at bay. Lowry’s stirring, richly imagined story suggests parallels—and a profound connection--between the world of the Dreamgivers and the human world. Perhaps most important, in both the power of love and kindness triumphs over cruelty and fear. (MS)©2006 Cooperative Children’s Book Center


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