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Lost in the Sun Paperback – April 26, 2016
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Praise for LOST IN THE SUN:
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year!
* "Graff writes with stunning insight into boyhood and humanity, allowing Trent to speak for himself in a pained, honest narration. Investing Trent with all the tragic frailty of Holden Caulfield, Graff tackles issues of loss, isolation, and rage without apology. Graff consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation, and here she offers a story that can survive for many school years to come."--Kirkus Reviews *STARRED*
* "Graff creates layered, vulnerable characters that are worth getting to know and routing for. Narrated by the moody, sarcastic Trent, the story never buckles beneath his troubles, and it finds wings once he can see beyond them. Pranks, The Sandlot reenactments, sports talk, and donuts are in plentiful supply, adding dashes of levity at the right moments. The book’s real magic is found in simple acts like watering plants and learning when to listen and when to just tip your head back and scream at the sky."--Booklist *STARRED*
* "In an ambitious and gracefully executed story, Graff covers a lot of emotional ground, empathically tracing Trent’s efforts to deal with a horrible, inexplicable accident and to heal the relationships that have become collateral damage along the way."--Publishers Weekly *STARRED*
* "Weighty matters deftly handled with humor and grace will give this book wide appeal."--School Library Journal *STARRED*
* "Characterization is thoughtful: Graff is highly sensitive to a sixth-grade boy’s limited emotional savvy and lack of tools to deal with this kind of pain."--BCCB *STARRED*
“In Lost in the Sun, Trent decides that he will speak the truth: that pain and anger and loss are not the final words, that goodness can find us after all—even when we hide from it. This is a novel that speaks powerfully, honestly, almost shockingly about our human pain and our human redemption. This book will change you.”—Gary Schmidt, two-time Newbery Honor-winning author of The Wednesday Wars and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
“Lisa Graff crafts a compelling story about a boy touched with tragedy and the world of people he cares about. And like all the best stories, it ends at a new beginning.”—Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way From Chicago
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Lisa Graff (www.lisagraff.com) is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as Absolutely Almost, Double Dog Dare, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower,The Thing About Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. Originally from California, she lived for many years in New York City and now makes her home just outside of Philadelphia. @lisagraff
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Lisa Graff does a fantastic job of capturing the thoughts and actions of a boy consumed by guilt and anger. For me, she did her job too well. Maybe it's because I'm a former teacher, but Trent irritated the heck out of me for nearly three quarters of the novel. He's rude, obnoxious, and mean. By far the most likable character is Fallon who relentlessly ignores teasing and unkind comments and helps Trent become the decent human being he was meant to be.
Lost in the Sun was sad. I didn’t cry, though. I was hoping I would cry. Fish in a Tree, of all things, made me cry, so I was surprised that I didn’t shed at least one tear in this book. When I thought about it, I realized the story didn’t feel that special, or different, to me. I honestly sometimes forgot about the trauma Trent, the main character, had gone through (abusive father, divorced parents, accidentally killing a boy with a hockey puck in a freak accident). This book felt like just another realistic fiction about going through Middle School to me - a heavy one, nonetheless, but still a pretty generic one. I realized that this was because it wasn’t impactful or deep or heart wrenching - at least to me. I didn’t really connect with it, and the writing felt slow. I did actually like Fallon Little, who ends up being Trent’s sort-of friend, but her story didn’t really feel that important, even though it ended up being the “climax,” if there even was one. That was another problem. THERE WAS NO CLIMAX! The book just went on and on, almost like a personal narrative of every second of your life, without any ups or downs.
Now, don’t get me wrong, none of these things make the book bad. I just didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. In fact, it pretty much just came down to having high expectations, and being disappointed. I would still recommend it, but I think it might appeal a little more to boys, versus The Thing About Jellyfish, which is a similar story, except with a female protagonist.
She reads a lot.
She also insisted that, "there has to be a sequel." Apparently some things were left untold?
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