By Lois Lowry
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618685509, 144pp.)
Publication Date: April 2006
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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.
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.
"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