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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.
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Lois Lowry 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.From AudioFile:
Fantasy is gossamer in this tale of memory's role in bestowing dreams and inflicting nightmares. An impatient Fastidious is training Littlest to become a bestower of dreams. Hordes of Sinisteeds attempt to overcome the dreams by inflicting nightmares. Ethereal music introduces and concludes the story, wrapping the listener in a world in which dreams battle nightmares in an attempt to illuminate, inform, and even improve the "real" lives of the dreamers. Anne Twomey's comforting voice is perfect for this story, woven from threads of realism and imagination. Her voice creates an atmosphere in which the listener experiences the story, feeling the peacefulness of dreams, the despair of nightmares, and the growing bond that shared memories forge. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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