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Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers Paperback – October 1, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


2013-2014 Lamplighter List Nominee, Triple Crown Awards

"Noyce’s imaginative, playful use of words and numbers keeps readers engaged throughout the story ... The charming story, along with the focus questions and extension activities at the end of the book, make this an entertaining selection for student-led reading discussions at the upper elementary and intermediate level." — Teaching Children Mathematics, September 2012, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (reviewed by Jennifer Geoffroy, D.C. Public Schools, Washington, D.C.)

PSLA YA Fiction Top 40 (or so) 2011 selection
"Filled with sensational vocabulary and literary elements and marvelous mathematics..." - Christine Massey, JW Parker Middle School Librarian, PSLA reviewer

Honorable mention in Children's Literature for the New England Book Festival's Holiday Feature

Award-winning Finalist in the Children's Fiction and Children's Educational categories of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards

Mom's Choice Awards® 2011 Winner - Gold (Juvenile Books Level 2, Ages 9-12)

Winner of the 2011 IBPA Ben Franklin Award for Interior Design 1-2 Color

Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner

Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal

ForeWord's 2010 Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention - Juvenile Fiction & Finalist - Young Adult Fiction

Award-winning Finalist for Children's Fiction in the 2011 International Book Awards

Indie Next Kid's List Pick Winter 2011

Under the guise of an adventure novel, Lost in Lexicon expertly incorporates educational elements into the storyline to deliver a true learning experience. Just as The Phantom Tollbooth…did years ago, this book pushes readers to see the familiar from a new perspective and to open their minds to fresh ideas. — Sweet on Books

"...This is an adventure story for the digital generation, and Lost in Lexicon breaks new ground in the adventure genre. This rollicking, often tongue-in-cheek novel will appeal to young readers who need a break from their computer games and long to journey into the woods of learning." — ForeWord Reviews

"...An engaging and original narrative is the main strength of this series opener. Math and grammar concepts are nicely integrated. Noyce keeps up the pace by limiting descriptive passages but offers little character introduction. Ivan and Daphne do grow over the course of their quest, finding strength in their ability to tackle subjects that once overwhelmed them and working as a team to solve each mathematical and linguistic puzzle. Well-imagined illustrations help bring the pair to life...Persistent readers will be rewarded with a good adventure, affecting lyrical passages, and thought-provoking questions relevant to our own society." — School Library Journal, Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

"The setup to many a great story...A strange and beautiful world of grammatical and mathematical troubles...a good vacation is priceless." — Teresa DiFalco, 2011 Parents' Choice, a Recommended Award Winner

"Lost in Lexicon...will make even the most complacent kid temporarily forget the distractions of screen and phone in favor of investigating, calculating, solving, and discovering – and adults who read it will be carried along too, by a story that’s plain-spoken and involving." – Open Letters Monthly

"Ivan and Daphne never expected a grammar lesson to be quite so...animated. Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers follows the two cousins as they come to the town of Lexicon, a land where language and mathematics take on a very different life...Blending education and entertainment, Lost in Lexicon is a fun read that is very much recommended." — Midwest Book Review

"Lost in Lexicon receives high marks for bold, unapologetic, undisguised inclusion of math and language in a fantasy narrative, which is truly unique and fills a niche for educators." — Compass Book Ratings (formerly Squeaky Clean Reads)

"It’s a paean to imagination, learning and thinking for oneself – it’s advocating all those things that make life truly enjoyable. Lost in Lexicon can show a child many things, in the context of a compelling story built of truly interesting characters on a wild adventure." — Linda White, Minneapolis Books Examiner
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tumblehome Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984525009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984525003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you have a 9 to 12 year old reader in your life that always has a book in their hands,they will love Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers. It takes them on a great fantasy adventure with 13 year old cousins Daphne and Ivan through the wonderful world of Lexicon. The writing is very good with lots of subtle (and not so subtle) humor throughout. The math and word challenges throughout are all a part of the grand adventure. Don't be surprised when older and younger siblings love the book as well as their parents. The website [...] has lots of great materials, games and activities that relate to the book. Make sure you read it before you give it away. Soon to be a family favorite.
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Don't let kids be the only ones to enjoy this book. I picked it up and practically read it in one sitting. It is quick paced with a wonderful wit and word challenges and math puzzles to keep your mind spinning. The story is alive with great characters that are brought to life by the beautiful illustrations throughout the entire book. I highly recommend this book for families to read. Great fun and all kinds of material for dinner conversations.
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Thirteen year old cousins Ivan and Daphne thought it was going to be a boring summer at Aunt Adelaide's. Wrong!! Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers tells their tale and what a great fantasy adventure it is. Author Pendred Noyce targets readers 9 to 12 years old with this book but don't let that fool you - It's all about the journey 70 year old adults and 7 year old children all love it. It is fun, humorous, and full of adventure and intrigue with one colorful character after another. One of my particular favorites is the Mistress of Metaphor and her pot of metaphor stew - reminds me of a woman I work with - snappy, colorful and always willing to trade quips with you. Don't stop there ...head to the website for an amazing and fun journey through the Land of Lexicon! I find this to be a great gift idea!
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A Kid's Review on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Thirteen year old cousins Daphne and Ivan get bored with no technology at their great-aunt Adelaide's house, she sends them out to her barn with a clue to a treasure hunt and tells them not to come back until they've finished their quest. During their 'quest', the cousins have to stop a plague of punctuation, befriend a thesaurus, and make about 750 kids get out of a mountain that is about to fall down in Lost in Lexington.

Ratings of this book on a 1-5 scale (1 is low, 5 is high)
*Interesting storyline: 4
*Character development: 5
*Setting: 5
*Creativity and originality: 5
*Intrigue & fascination: 4
*Overall: 4

Best for ages 8-14

Best for readers with these interests: video games, technology, adventure

Read another book by this author? Yes

Recommend for other kids to read? Yes

The publishers gave me this book in exchange for my honest review.

Daniel, age 11
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Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! As I write this review, the book has 19 (soon-to-be 20) five-star reviews--and not a single review below that! That alone is enough, in my mind, to make you buy it RIGHT NOW (excuse my shouting), but there are more reasons.

1) It not-so-subtly incorporates math and grammar aspects into the book. How many books have you read where one of the opening scenes involves fighting off a plague of punctuation? Exactly--I rest my case. It's a great teaching tool

2) The humor is perfect. As I write this, it has been a while since I read the book, but I remember spot-on humor. At the same time, it wasn't overbearing. I don't have much more to say on this topic. If you want more concrete examples, I would suggest you look at other reviewers.

3) Wonderfully imagined world. I love the land of Lexicon. I am a huge fantasy reader, so I have read lots and lots of books where people travel into a fantasy world. At a certain point, they get very very dull and repetitive. Okay, so the Forest of Nonsense-word goes here, and the Desert of the Barbarians goes here, and here is the Castle of the King, and yada, yada, yada. Yeah, sure, I get it! As a writer, I strive to create worlds without this same similarity, and Pendred Noyce has done it brilliantly here. I don't want to drone on and on about one point, so let me just say: buy the book, look at the map, and tell me the land isn't wonderfully done. No, seriously. If there is any way you can look at the map, comment, and tell me truthfully how you think the land is.

4) Great characters. However, my one critique with the book rests here. The characters develop, certainly, but at the same time they seem a very little bit one-dimensional at the beginning.
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Lost In Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce is a wonderful chapter book. While the target age is 9-12 I think that this is an enjoyable read for anyone. It is intelligent, mysterious and fun. It challenges the mind to think and then there is the spirit of adventure that adds a spark to anyone who enjoys the excitment of exploring new places and new things. What I like about it is that it assumes that the reader is intelligent. It inspires us to ask questions, to explore possibilities and to find the answers. It has all of the elements that make curling up and reading a book a very special experience. Lost in Lexicon speaks to the mind with intelligence and speaks to the heart with delight. The illustrations by Joan Charles add color and life to the interesting characters in this adventure in words and numbers. Lost in Lexicon would be a wonderful film or a perfect story for a television series. For more information on Lost in Lexicon visit the Tumble Home Press and Lost In Lexicon websites and listen to the Onlinewithandrea interview with Author Pendred Noyce and Illustrator Joan Charles.

Andrea Garrison
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