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Lost in the Sun

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Relatable, heartfelt tale of traumatized, angry 12-year-old.

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Author Lisa Graff delivers highly relatable characters and situations in this story of two traumatized tweens, one scarred on the outside, the other on the inside. Trent's struggles and narrative voice will resonate with the experiences of many kids grappling with challenges and circumstances beyond their control. It's easy to root for determined, feisty Fallon, who changes his life and opens his mind to new possibilities, and wonder whether their budding friendship will survive Trent's issues as he tries to find his path.

Besides creating relatable, overwhelmed, well-meaning protagonists, author Graff has something of a track record for being long on coy hints and short on revelations of crucial information -- perhaps reflecting the mental state of a narrator trying to make sense of things. Readers may find it pretty annoying that LOST IN THE SUN teases them throughout with a particular question about a character and concludes with Trent announcing that he knows the answer -- and not sharing it.

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