GOSSAMER by Lois Lowry
Kirkus Star

GOSSAMER

Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Thin Elderly and Littlest One are dream-givers. They bestow dreams, using fragments collected from buttons, toys, photographs, shells and other personal objects that collect and hold memories over the years. The collected fragments become stories of the person to whom they belong, and as dreams they transmit restorative feelings of love, pride, happiness, companionship, laughter and courage. However, Sinisteeds are at work here, too, inflicting nightmares and undoing the careful work of the dream-givers. Readers familiar with The Giver will most appreciate Lowry’s riff on the value of memories and dreams and the importance of the sad parts of our lives, too. For such a slim work, the characterizations of Thin Elderly and Littlest are strong—she the sprightly little girl learning her trade, he the bemused and patient elder. The prose is light as gossamer; the story as haunting as a dream. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-68550-2
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Walter Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006




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