A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of information on dolphins. Some math concepts explained. Insight into Alzheimer's disease and its effect on patients and their families.
Live for the moment. Show your love for the important people in your life. Learn how to apologize and take responsibility for your actions. Art and beauty can come from painful situations. Patience, empathy, and compassion are important traits to cultivate at any age.
Positive Role Models
Cassie is a good, loving kid. She makes a risky decision and lies to her dad, but her heart is in the right place. Bailey is a great friend to Cassie. She is direct when talking about her feelings and is forgiving toward Cassie. Cassie's dad tries to do the right thing for everyone in the family. The book's minor characters are all kind, caring people.
Products & Purchases
Most brands mentioned for scene setting, including Takis, Ritz, Easy Cheese, Cheez-Its, Gatorade, Doritos, Rice Krispie Treats, David sunflower seeds, Lay's chips, Cool Whip, Gorilla Glue, Chromebook, and iPod.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Space Between Lost and Found, by Sandy Stark-McGinnis (Extraordinary Birds), is about a girl, Cassie, whose mom has early onset Alzheimer's disease. (An author's note reveals Cassie is 12, but it's never mentioned in the main story.) Cassie's not seeing eye to eye with her dad on her mom's care, and she hasn't had time for her best friend, Bailey. On top of that, inspiration for her artwork, which is her usual emotional outlet, has dried up. In dealing with these issues, she learns important things about herself and grows up a lot. Though the subject matter is serious, Stark-McGinnis keeps the content middle-grade appropriate, with a gentle tone and no violence, strong language, sexual situations, or substance use. Characters who disagree do so rationally for the most part. Although, Cassie makes a poor decision to lie to her dad and take her mom on a trip. The book offers good discussion topics about dealing with a crisis, decision making, love, trust, and grief.
Is It Any Good?
This is a moving, heartfelt story of a girl figuring out how to deal with slowly losing her mom to Alzheimer's disease. The tone of The Space Between Lost and Found is gentle, even though the topic is sad. Author Sandy Stark-McGinnis does a good job of showing readers how Cassie and her dad have different approaches to handling her mom's illness and that neither of them is wrong. Both have to give in a little, and what works for one person doesn't always work for someone else. Cassie has to shift from being the one cared for to being a caregiver, and she deals with it pretty well, in that she faces the reality of her family's situation while still keeping room for hope. She does make a poor decision involving taking her mom on a trip, and that's an important topic for families to discuss. Having your heart in the right place doesn't mean your actions are smart or correct.
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