Gossamer Author:Lois Lowry 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 th... more »e 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?« less
Really enjoyed this book. Dream-givers begin and end the book, and they're interesting and their "job" fascinating and fun to learn about. The people who benefit from the dream-givers are well-drawn - not all good, not all bad. As a matter of fact, the blend of real-life horrors with hope and compassion felt just-right (not too much horror, not unbelievably sweet). Each character has a challenge and each dream-giver helps with the characters' challenges as well as the bumps in the dream-givers' road. The Sinisteeds (nightmare-bringers) seem to be just a pothole - they don't take over the show, which is nice.