||This poignant middle-grade fantasy by the author of THE GIVER concerns the power of dreams. The tiny, gentle dream-givers visit an assigned home at night, gathering memories from the owner's possessions through touch, weaving them into a dream, and bestowing that dream on the human who lives there. Littlest One, a young and ever-curious dream-giver, learns her trade from Thin Elderly, in the house of a retired teacher who has recently taken in John, a troubled eight-year-old foster child. Unfortunately, John is also the prey of the Sinisteeds, dream-givers gone wrong who inflict nightmares instead of bestowing pleasant dreams.
||An owl called, its shuddering hoots repeating mournfully in the distance.
||While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream giver tries to save an eight-year-old boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds. Simultaneous.
|Editors Note 3
||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 the 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?From the Trade Paperback edition.