Gossamer, by Lois Lowry

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5/5

Littlest One’s touch is soft as gossamer; an asset to any dream-giver. As she learns to gather fragments to give back to humans in form of revitalizing dreams, whether nostalgic or happy, she learns about the importance of hope. As she practices to be  a proper dream-giver for a lonely old woman, an angry little boy enters the picture and she realizes it’s going to take all of her strength to save the child from the evil nightmares of the Horde of Sinisteeds.

The reader also glimpses the lives of the old woman who decides to be the foster parent of a little boy; the angry boy who has been abused by his father and torn from his mother’s side; and a mother who struggles to get her life together so she can get her little boy back. They are all desperate to find relief from loneliness.

I enjoyed reading this story and it felt as if I were a child again, being read to by a parent or grandparent. It’s the kind of story that makes you want to snuggle under the covers, free to imagine creatures like Littlest One hiding behind a pillow, listening intently.

There is a good balance of serious topics such as abuse, broken family, and solitude with the lighter and kindhearted nature of Littlest One and her kin. My only disappointment was that Littlest One is too sweet and too naive. I kept expecting her to fall dangerously close to becoming a Sinisteed because of the violence in the little boy’s past, but she remains pure and unswayable, which I found hard to believe.

Still, this is a very enjoyable book with a lot to say about the value of family and the importance of hope. I recommend this book, especially as a read-aloud to be shared with family.

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