Walter Lorraine Books, Hardcover, 9780618685509, 140pp.
Publication Date: April 2006
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 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.
"The prose is light as gossamer; the story as haunting as a dream." Kirkus Reviews, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Lyrical, richly descriptive prose ushers readers into a fascinating parallel world inhabited by appealingly quirky characters." -Publishers Weekly, starred Publishers Weekly, Starred
"A beautiful novel with an intriguing premise." --School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred
"Lowry succeeds again with this lyrical and compelling story about the importance of memory and the transforming power of love...The gentle blend of wit and pathos will enchant readers." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
"...The novel effectively evokes the flimsy and sometimes tentative grasp on happiness and comfort...and the ways in which darkness can be combated through love." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books