Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

I'm always willing to pick up a book by Lois Lowry and give it a try. She is a master storyteller, and one never knows where she may take the reader.

Gossamer is a strange but beautiful story about dreams, memories, and helping others. The lexile of 660L makes this a good choice for middle grades - 3rd grade and up. 

Blurb from 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.

This slim volume is a quick and easy read, yet it will give you pause to think about your life, your dreams, and which things make it into your dreams. The boy in this story will touch your heart, and you will want to banish his father forever. You will cheer on his mother and hope that she can turn her life around. You will be glad for kind dogs and old teachers. 

This is a book that touches the heart. 

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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