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The Lost & Found Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Louis and Frannie, two teens who meet in an online support group for trauma survivors, have an odd tendency to lose things-in the trunk of a car, off their desks when their backs are turned, and in other bewildering ways. Though they only know each other through the web-they don't even use their real names-they each receive a package in the mail that has them taking off on a road trip to Texas to find each other. This is a beautiful exploration of loss in many forms and the emotional toll it can take on those who are affected. Quirky, endearing, and believable characters propel a narrative that pulls readers in with every mile of the road trip. The unusual aspect of disappearing objects plays wonderfully into the story, and, rather than being a distraction, it serves as a driving force that expands the deeper themes. Strong and multilayered characterization adds complexity and authenticity to the storytelling. There is a subtle examination of the healing benefits of therapy, and readers will come away with the knowledge that people are much more than they appear. VERDICT An emotional journey that's well worth the ride.-Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford College, Weatherford, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“Crackles with wit, humor, and enormous love. Savvy readers will know the real “lost and found” refers to the fascinating characters in this riveting tale, who, after enough loss, struggle to find themselves and make each other whole.” (Booklist (starred review))
“A rich, romantic story about two thoughtful teenagers on a quest for meaning.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A beautiful exploration of loss….Quirky, endearing, and believable characters propel a narrative that pulls readers in with every mile of the road trip. An emotional journey that’s well worth the ride.” (School Library Journal)
“Characters readers can believe in and care about.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A journey worth taking...Fans of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid will enjoy The Lost & Found.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“THE LOST AND FOUND has so many of the things I love—friendship, romance, roadtrips, lots of breakfast sandwiches, and even a little bit of magic. Leno balances humor and sadness beautifully and the relationships all feel warm and true.” (Michelle Falkoff, author of Playlist for the Dead)
“The characters and the road trip alone are a winning combination. The premise is where the magic happens.” (Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes)
“Introduces a fierce new presence.” (Publishers Weekly on The Half Life of Molly Pierce (starred review))
“A fascinating debut . . . something original indeed. Readers will absolutely need to know the end of this unique inward-facing mystery.” (ALA Booklist on The Half Life on Molly Pierce)
“A fast-moving thriller . . . relentless.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“The race to uncover Molly’s truth will keep readers turning pages.” (School Library Journal on The Half Life of Molly Pierce)
“5 out of 5 bright, beautiful stars.” (Teenreads.com on The Half Life of Molly Pierce)
“A moving, expertly wrought story that will keep surprising you past the last page.” (Bennett Madison, author of September Girls, on The Half Life of Molly Pierce)
“A smart, seductive page-turner, deeply felt and full of surprises.” (Madeleine George, author of The Difference Between You and Me, on The Half Life of Molly Pierce)
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Spoiler: A character in this book loves tater tots, so you might want to have some handy, you WILL get a hankering for some!
Louis travels with his sister Willa and Frannie drives to Austin with her cousin Arrow. They've both decided to take someone close with them for support. Louis and Frannie have been losing things for years, they just disappear. During the trip they finally manage to figure out what happens to everything they've lost. Will Louis and Frannie still click when they've spent time together? They're both in Austin for a reason, will they find what they are looking for?
The Lost & Found is a beautiful story about two people who have a deep connection. Louis and Frannie are both really sweet and they care about others. They've been though a lot and their talks always bring comfort. Shortly after they started exchanging messages they realized they also have many things in common, which is how their friendship developed. They like having conversations, but they can also be silent together, which is something I loved about their bond. It's obvious that what's between them is wonderful, whatever it is exactly. It might be difficult to connect when you live on different sides of a big country, but it's definitely not impossible.
Katrina Leno's writing is impressive. She describes difficult topics with sympathy and a sense of humor, which is a combination that works very well. The Lost & Found is an original story. I loved that there are items that keep disappearing. I also liked that the main characters have such distinct personalities, they are real and honest and they don't pretend to be something they're not. That made their story even more amazing.
The Lost & Found is an absolute must-read. I like stories about road trips, and enjoyed Katrina Leno's vivid descriptions of Louis and Frannie's adventures. Their paths cross in a fantastic way and I loved the creativeness of it. I highly recommend this book, it's fascinating, touching, romantic and heartwarming.
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Diversity: 2 – It’s a Start!
Racial-Ethnic: 3 (Frannie’s cousin Arrow is Vietnamese; Willa and Louis are...Read more