Book Review: Gossamer

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Lois Lowry is known for her famous style of creating fictional, dystopian worlds. But in Gossamer, she sets that genre aside but still includes fantasy in this story. This is a well written book for everyone from young readers to young adults, for those who’ve questioned the origination of dreams. Lois Lowry confronts this question by stating that little creatures visit our homes and bestow the dreams with memory particles from objects they collect by touching. This is an interesting book because the idea is totally original and creative I’m sure young adults will like the book. I enjoyed the book because it is a touching story about two weak and lonely people, a sensitive old woman and a damaged boy as they come together and discover what they can be to each other. The boy overcomes his fears and troubles with the help of magical fairy-like creatures that he will never see; it is certainly a book you want to know the ending to.

Although this is not one of the Newbery Medal winners like her Number of the Stars and The Giver but it is just as good. The characters in the novel are well thought out and described. The story starts off with an old lady living with just her dog (supposedly no relatives). She sees a newsletter encouraging people to help the society by adopting a child. She then ends up with John, a boy abused by his father and temporarily an orphan until his family problems are settled. Then the other storyline involves Littlest, the young, curious dream-giver with her mentor as they strengthen the two with peaceful dreams while Littlest is learning and growing too as the boy grows. This is all about the central theme of the book, the importance of human connections. I would give it 4 stars out of 5 for imaginative content, nice setting, well developed and expressed characters and style, but I felt the plot structure was a little weak and the climax was not at its fullest. Despite this, it is still one of the many books by Lois Lowry I would...
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