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Gossamer

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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I love everything i've read by lois lowry.....but someone said this book was for 9-12 year olds. I'm 14, should i read it?

posted by 9554211 on January 7, 2013

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6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Graphic Depiction of Abuse Against Children and Women Is Inappropriate for Young Readers

The library reviews and marketing of this book suggest that it is appropriate for children ages 9-12. They might be right about the reading level of this book but definitely not the subject matter! While there are many comforting images in the book that depict gentle dr...
The library reviews and marketing of this book suggest that it is appropriate for children ages 9-12. They might be right about the reading level of this book but definitely not the subject matter! While there are many comforting images in the book that depict gentle dream fairies and the loving surrogate grandmother, there are also other extremely disturbing images of violence against children and women that make this book very inappropriate for children in elementary school. In the story, the boy tells his surrogate grandmother about his dreams of when a 3 year old boy (him) was forced to eat dog food for a day. The boy said the reason for the punishment had been because he had accidentally urinated on the floor. His father (father figure) told the boy that if he acted like a dog that he would have to eat like a dog. The mother, abused by the man herself, stood by in fear and allowed this cruel punishment. This passage is very raw and brutal.

There are other passages that make very real the violence that the mother and child experience at the hand of an alcoholic abusive man. It was so heartbreaking when the mother tells her new co-workers that she had been abused by her spouse, unable to care for her son and had to give him up. It was comforting that they supported her. But at the same time, this passage shows very vividly the impact of abuse against women and children. While this book shows that love and patience can help overcome adversity and hardship, it is better to a more mature reader.

posted by CH65 on March 4, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

    Dissapointment

    Gossamer is about the battle between fairies (dream-givers) and sinisteeds (nightmare givers) and how bravery, courage, and optimistic thinking can affect our lives. This book is about two fairy dream-givers: Littlest One (later Gossamer) and Thin Elderly. They meet a little trouble foster boy with an old lady, and they try to defend the little boy, who is the target for the sinisteed, who give nightmares and disturb peoples sleep. One night a whole pack of sinisteeds come for the boy and as Thin Elderly go to help the woman he leaves Littlest One with the boy. As the sinisteeds come, Littlest One summons all her energy to help the boy, and with a smile on the face of the boy, she realizes she has succeeded.I think this was a dramatic book and it was too imaginative and unrealistic. I was confused and kind of bored at the end. Over all, this was an ok book, I didn't really like it and it was too unrealistic for me. Lois Lorwy's books are very unrealistic and too dramatic for me to believe in.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    I love this authors books! but not this one

    I without a doubt LOVE lois lowry's books! I have read The giver, Number the Stars, and Gathering Blue. I loved them all. The Gossamer, not so much. It didn't have a good point and it left you hanging.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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