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The Space Between Lost and Found

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Heartfelt story of a girl losing her mom to Alzheimer's.

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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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