Gossamer 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 Loi

  • Title: Gossamer
  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • ISBN: 9780618685509
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 theiWhere 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.

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    1. First of all, I really love Lois Lowry. That being said, I loved this as much or maybe even more than The Giver, her most famous book. This is the story of little mythic creatures that give us our dreams. I loved the idea of how and why we have dreams and nightmares, and fell in love with the characters in the story. I also loved that she didn't tie up the whole thing with a nice neat bow. . . the ending was satisfying, but like life, unfinished.

    2. Wonderful, exquisite. This is such an enchanting book. Yet, it's a quick read, easily just one sitting, and you need some tissues as it'll go right to your heart. I absolutely loved it! It's original, beautifully written, close to a fairy tale and ever so touching unlike anything I have read. Highly recommend this book. In fact, it's going on my favorite list.

    3. This novel was a great departure from the trilogy of Lowry books I had just finished reading (The giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger). It's a fast read, since it's written for preteens/teenagers, but I think adults could appreciate the story and Lowry's writing style, as well. The book tries to answer questions about dreams and their origins and plays with a great narrative style by switching between reality and imagination. The story centers around both the real world of an old woman trying to he [...]

    4. Okay,This one was truly a child's book. The print was GINORMOUS (aka gigantically enormous. hugantic? hah) boldface and the book was only 144 pages but I struggled to finish this book. Boring as crap. I have an issue swallowing words like 'flutter' and 'shimmer' and 'twirling'when they are being used repeatedly oh and the ridiculous names (oldest one, littlest one, fastidous)Back to the book review. There are these little fairy like creatures (forgot what they are called) that come into your roo [...]

    5. I've never wished I'd written any book I've ever read.Well, until tonight. Really. This book was something incredible. It was words and memories (so many of these) and stories and fear and family and fighting the uphill battle against brokenness. It was magical, and it so closely echoed everything I've wanted (but failed) to put into words - it was like reading a piece of my own brain. Except it was prettier. Somebody recently said about a book that "you might as well read my soul," and I kind o [...]

    6. Littlest One and her teacher, Thin Elderly, are tiny creatures whose job it is to touch beloved objects and then piece the bits of memory and emotion therein into dreams for humans. It is a wonderful vocation, but not without its dangers: there are also the Sinisteeds, terrible creatures that plague people with nightmares. Perhaps most frightening of all, dream-givers like Littlest One and Thin Elderly can become Sinisteeds if they don't do their work carefully.Littlest One and Thin Elderly are [...]

    7. I don't even know what to say. It was lovely and beautiful and whimsical and made me feel things. It reminded me of memories and sadness and beauty and joy and the importance of remembering.Thanks, Syd.

    8. This is an entertaining little book about fairy-like creatures who are responsible for human dreaming, and their rivalry with the Sinisteeds who inflict nightmares on humans. It's also about a broken home with a neglectful mother, an abusive father, and a broken young boy, as well as how love can go a fair way to healing the wounds of parental abuse and neglect.Lowry uses the device of "benevolent aliens trying to understand humans" with the 'dream-givers' to explain quite a lot of the action in [...]

    9. I thought that this book was very interesting because of the change of perspectives from the human world to the dream giving world, the world of the Heap. I loved how Littlest and Thin Elderly's words were so deep that it didn't feel apart of the book, it felt as though they were talking to us. Plus, their time dream-giving experience was very adventurous, and their way of collecting memories and bestowing dreams seemed so creative, but also as if that is what happens in real life. Overall, I di [...]

    10. Susan and Lisa were right! I loved this book. It is a very quiet, whimsical story, but it still packs a punch. Lois Lowry is not famous for nothing. I was intrigued by how much I felt for the main characters, the dream-givers, without ever knowing what they truly looked like. This book has made me think differently about dreams, nightmares, memories, and people's ability to change. And the importance of pets, souvenirs, and talismans (talismen?).

    11. Interesting book. My wife loved it - said it was one of her favorites. I am a little less enthusiastic about it. Still, it's a good story with a neat premise (there are imaginary beings that grant people dreams and others than give nightmares and sleeping humans are the proxy for their war). Worth reading if you like any other Lois Lowry book. She's consistently inventive.

    12. Not yourtypical tale. Of course, Lois Lowry and the word, typical, don't go hand-in-hand. Original Great writer Risk-taker Those are words I associate with her. Pick your superlative. But typical? No way.This tale has more echoes of surrealism than realism with surprising juxtapositions of dreams and reality.Littlest is being trained by Fastidious to bestow dreams on humans, and yes, the latter is hard-to-please. Littlest asks too many questions, plays, and is off-task when the two go out each n [...]

    13. What is beyond the world of sleep? Where do our dreams come from? Lois Lowry uses her exquisite imagination to explain one of the most interesting parts of life, and makes it even more mysterious. People of all ages will find this an interesting way to explain dreams. Also, the way the story is worked and connected is wonderful and exciting. This is a good and uplifting story of a not so good start of a life for a child.

    14. Wonderfull! A little book, simple, but packs a punch. Why can't Lois Lowry's books be just a little longer?

    15. I wish my brain could remember things better. I basically forgot all the important stuff that happened in this book. I guess that what rereading is for :)

    16. Lois Lowry is one of my favourite authors – ever. Her style is so simplistic, yet flowing and beautiful, and she can hook you in with the smallest of plot twist or vividly written picture. She’s amazing. Her style is as powerful as ever in GOSSAMER, but in all honesty, this book was not what I expected. Having a different idea of what the book would be like, I went into it with totally wrote expectations. I had no idea it was going to be about dream-folk and a troubled foster-care-kid. After [...]

    17. This book had me bawling my eyes out. If that's not enough recommendation, here's an actual review ;)I enjoyed Littlest One so much! She was so full of adorable life and enthusiasm, and her relationship with Thin Elderly was so cute. I quite successfully grew to hate the (view spoiler)[Sinisteeds (hide spoiler)] especially when I found out how they were made. The older lady and Toby were so sweet, and I love how they did their best to help John. His past and the way he was skewed by it with smal [...]

    18. The dream-givers creep around a dark house in the middle of the night. They are compassionate beings who visit humans at night. They touch objects, gather memories, and return them in the form of happy dreams to those that live in the house they are assigned to. The Sinisteeds,inflict nightmares and sometimes travel in frightening Hordes. Littlest and Thin Elderly care for a lonely old woman and a foster child named John. John has endured an abusive father who forces him to eat dog food after at [...]

    19. I LOVE Lois Lowry! She amazes me with her story telling skills. Again, the story is so simple yet so complex at the same time. In less than 150 pages, she managed to create an entire "imaginary" world and 3 well-developed human characters without losing anything in terms of theme and conflict. Gossamer is a wonderful character, Fastidious annoys me appropriately, and I admire Thin Elderly's patience with Gossamer/Littlest. John is a realistic character, considering what he's gone through, and I [...]

    20. I listened to this one on CD, and the performed did a great job. It would be good for younger readers.This book is a fictional story about dreams and nightmares. It follows a young gossamer and her teacher as they give pleasant dreams to an older woman and a young boy named John who is staying in her home as a foster child. Although the story is told mainly through the eyes of the young gossamer, the reader is able to follow the struggles and success of all of the characters. It is a great motiv [...]

    21. I did not like this book as much as "The Giver." I think Lowry had a pretty creative idea when she envisioned creatures that give dreams, but the story did not interest me that much. I found myself more interested in the "guardians of the dreams" than the actual humans, and even then I found the names of the guardians somewhat silly and the whole process of touching fragments to give the humans something to dream about ridiculous. My dreams generally have nothing to do with anything lying around [...]

    22. Beautiful tale of how dreams and nightmares visit us. The characters are richly drawn. I'm not sure how I avoided reading this one for so long. Lois Lowry can do no wrong.First paragraph is truly remarkable and a great mentor for strong leads (setting the scene):An owl called, its shuddering hoots repeating mournfully in the distance. Somewhere nearby, heavy wings swooped and a young rabbit, captured by sharp talons, shrieked as he was lifted to his doom. Startled, a raccoon looked up with brigh [...]

    23. Littlest One is the newest Dream Giver in her heap. Playfull, laughing, and barely visible she lightly touches the handful of things in a little boy's room, crafting dreams to send him each night. Gossamer is a beautiful story filled with wonder, hope and love. Lowry has done a brilliant job with her writing and every part of the story is perfect and well crafted. This is a fun and quick read that is somehow as dreamy and intangible as the title. It left me smiling and glad to have read it. A pe [...]

    24. I expected a good read And this did not disappoint.I've read the first few pages, and I dare say that the fresh experience and plot devices are really pulling me in. Can't wait to get through the entire book.[I've read and adored [book:Gathering Blue|12936], as well as The Giver (and I've been pining over Messenger, lol). Once I saw this book on sale, I knew I just had to get it!]

    25. In Gossamer by Lois Lowry, Littlest One creeps in the middle of the night practicing dream-giving on an elderly woman and her sleeping dog. Toby is training to be a dream-giver, which is someone who gathers shreds of memories and gives them back as dreams. Then the elderly woman takes in a foster child who is an eight-year old boy named John. Littlest One now has to take on a great challenge, she must try to help John with his bad dreams. This book is an interesting fantasy that offers a clever [...]

    26. This book brings a lot of depth to those little girls who do believe in fairies by giving them a purpose in bringing dreams to people and fighting the dark forces that bring nightmares. Inspiring with a touch of magic that left some up to the imagination (isn't it nice when everything isn't spelled out for you) gossamer

    27. I highly recommend this book to young and old alike. It is a delightful and insightful children's book that will leave you with a feeling of gossamer which is hard to explainyou just have to read it. Though a fantastical perspective on dreaming, it has enough real elements to capture the fascination of multiple kinds of readers.

    28. I absolutely love this book. The title is absolutely perfect for it, simply because it's a light feeling that the book gives off. There are dark tones in the story, but you fall in love with all of the characters and the traces of fancy are just wonderful.

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