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Lost in the Sun
Lost in the Sun

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© 2018 Lisa Graff
"This book will change you." 
—Gary D. Schmidt, 
Newbery Honor author of 
The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now

Seven months ago, a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent Zimmerman with a brain full of thoughts he can’t shake. Even playing baseball doesn't make him happy anymore. It isn't until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change. Because sometimes, like when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to find a way to shift your position to get what you want.

Resources for teachers and librarians
Educator's Guide to Lisa Graff's Books >
  (aligned to Common Core standards for Grades 4-6)
Excerpt from the book, read by Lisa Graff >
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Awards and honors
An Amazon Best Children's Book of 2015
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2015
A Junior Library Guild selection
An ALA Notable Children's Book
A Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List selection
Booklist Top 10 Sports Book for Youth
Scholastic Instructor's 50 Sizzling Summer Reads
L.A. Times's 30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up
BookPage's Top Picks for June
A 2015 "Nerdies" Award Winner

Lost in the Sun has been named to six state reading lists!
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award (Vermont) 2016-2017
  • Maine Student Book Award 2016-2017

Reviews and advance praise
New York Times Book Review
Simple yet soulful . . . Trent and Fallon’s unlikely friendship gives “Lost in the Sun” its heartbeat, and it showcases Graff’s originality and imagination as a writer.

Kirkus / STARRED review
★ 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.

Publishers Weekly / STARRED review
★ 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.

Booklist / STARRED review
★ The emotions and motivations coursing through this novel are wonderfully complex. Graff creates layered, vulnerable characters that are worth getting to know and rooting for.

School Library Journal / STARRED review 
★ Weighty matters deftly handled with humor and grace will give this book wide appeal.

★ Thoughtful . . . sensitive.

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Penguin Books (Philomel)
Spring 2015
hardcover: 978-0-399-16406-4
paperback: 978-0-147-50858-4  

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