Gossamer – Lois Lowry – 176 pages
“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?” -Random House website
Gossamer is just one of those perfect books for curling up and reading in bed or under a blanket or somewhere else cozy. It has just the right proportions of sweetness, gentle humor, real-life troubles, danger and fantasy–a recipe for loveliness! Littlest One is just so earnest and cute that I can’t resist her, and Thin Elderly is a delight, and the whole thing has that slightly distant fairy-tale feel to it while still laying the characters hearts bare through their actions. It has the same sort of feeling to me as Season of Ponies and The Sleep of Stone, even though it resembles neither in plot. Your prose is simple and clear, the story is quick and satisfying, and it’s delightfully clever. I absolutely love it, and I expected no less from the woman behind The Giver and Number the Stars and Anastasia Krupnik (but what’s up with Anastasia’s new cover? YUCK!). You totally rock. Five stars!
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