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Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
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Gossamer by Lois Lowry
Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline
Hurry Freedom by Jerry Stanley
I'm Not Going to Chase the Cat Today! by Jessica Harper
Inside Time by Tim Sullivan
Inside a Zoo in the City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer
Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest by Bruce M. Beehler
Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors by Nancy Carlson
Mermaid by Robert Reed
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks and Sue Hendra
Never Blood Enough by Joe Haldeman
The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King Smith
The Order of Things by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Owly Volume 3: Flying Lessons by Andy Runton
Pigsty by Mark Teague
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Comments for Gossamer

Gossamer: 05/19/10

Gossamer cover art (Link goes to Powells)Gossamer by Lois Lowry is the shortest novel by her I've read. It's more mood piece than a full novel. It deals with dreams, nightmares, love and abuse.

Littlest One is learning how to bestow dreams. She is assigned the home of an old woman who is fostering a child with a history of abuse. His dreams are troubled and he's a prime target of the Sinisteed who inflict nightmares.

What I love about Lowry's novels is that they are all so different: in tone, plot and setting. This one I'd classify as thoughtful (and thought provoking) fantasy. On the surface it's just the story of a dream giver learning her craft and an old woman trying to give a loving home to a troubled boy. It's also though about love and patience and their abilities to help one heal from painful experiences.

Lowry's books are typically ones that I read in one sitting and Gossamer is no exception.

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Comment #1: Thursday, May, 20, 2010 at 02:13:55

Alice Teh

I loved this book! Read it some time ago. :)



Comment #2: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 13:41:50

Pussreboots

It was a thought provoking and quick read. I've never been disappointed by one of Lowry's books.



Comment #3: Thursday, May, 20, 2010 at 08:18:09

Amanda Gignac

I agree with you that this is very much a mood piece. I liked it, but remember more the feel of it than the plot.



Comment #4: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 13:54:18

Pussreboots

There isn't much in the way of plot. It could be summarized in a paragraph or so. But the attention to mood makes it work.



Comment #5: Friday, May, 21, 2010 at 14:09:06

okie

I saw this book and have heard good things about it. Part of me was put off by the short size, but overall Lowry's books aren't really long.

Still, I want to check it out. It sounds like a great thoughtful read.



Comment #6: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 13:57:40

Pussreboots

It's basically a young adult novela. I think you might enjoy it. If you don't, you won't have wasted much time since it's such a quick read.