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Gossamer Paperback – January 8, 2008
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Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old woman’s home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds. Littlest One pieces these bits together and presents them to her sleeping human in the form of pleasant dreams. But the dreaded Sinisteeds, dark fearsome creatures that plague their victims with nightmares, are always at work against the dreamgivers. When the old woman takes in John, an angry foster child with a troubled past, the Sinisteeds go after him with their horrifying nightmares. Can Littlest One, and her touch light as gossamer, protect John’s heart and soul from the nightmare of his dark past?
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 1/8/2008
- Pages: 176
- Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
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The book was a quick read, and surprised me with its dark content. Abuse and neglect are central to the story, although those subjects are approached obliquely, told to the reader through the lies and actions of the abused child. This understated part of the story was actually more interesting to me than the main character's coming-of-age story (though, of course, they are intertwined).
I feel that I must not understand the title character Gossamer. There was an emphasis on her "light touch", her ability to delicately touch upon others and their memories, the ability she uses to help heal the abused boy. Keep that touch light, she's warned, or you will be sucked in too far and may become a Sinisteed yourself. What message was that meant to deliver? Don't get too close to others? You can only help when you're detached? And what about the boy himself? How much of his ability to confront his problems and move forward is supposed to be attributed to him, and how much to Gossamer's work? I feel that the boy's inner strength was devalued for the sake of giving Gossamer something to do, and I wasn't able to pick up on the meaning of the limits imposed on her ability to help.
Personally, I think every child would benefit from reading this compassionate glimpse into the struggle of a single-mom, the inward pain of a foster child, and the loneliness of the elderly.
The book had a dream-like quality about it. The story does has a positive ending and I ending up liking and sympathizing with most of the characters.
5th - 8th graders and above. Anyone who enjoys Lois Lowry and stories about fantasy and dreams.
This is a gentle but deep story with an imagination all its own.
A great read for the young teen reader or adult.