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Gossamer Paperback – January 8, 2008
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“Lowry’s prose is simple and clear. This carefully plotted fantasy has inner logic and conviction. Readers will identify with Littlest, who is discovering her own special talents. . . . A beautiful novel with an intriguing premise.”–School Library Journal, Starred
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Lois Lowry has twice been the recipient of Newbery Medals and has written many popular books for children.
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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.
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.
Some reviewers have mentioned the violence portrayed in this book, and while it is indeed true, it is not nearly as violent as 99% of the video games or television programs parents these days are allowing. The story hints to the physical abuse of a woman and her child, and explains in some detail the forced consumption of dog food. However, the story has a lovely message and I believe it is a great story to read as a family and discuss.
As with Lowry's other books, Gossamer is filled with a realism yet imaginatory outlook on life that cannot be paralleled. All of Lowry's works, Gossamer included, are masterpieces of literary intelligence.