Book: Lost and Found (2008)
Author: Andrew Clements
Illustrator: Mark Elliott
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genre: MG, Contemporary
This book in three words…
Twins, Switch, Deception
Favourite Sentence from Page 11…
“The picture-taking frenzy started the moment the twins got home from the hospital.”
My thoughts on this book…
A fun book about identical twins who end up with an interesting proposition… what if they were only one person? What would it be like? When Jay goes to a brand new school alone (because his brother Ray is sick), he realizes that the school somehow mixed up their files and thinks there’s only one of them.
Of course, Ray goes along with the scheme, and we get a series of scenes where the boys trick their teachers, classmates, and even their parents. One of the best scenes is when the mom figures out that something is up (but she hasn’t figured out the truth yet) and she catches Jay pretending to be Ray, thwarting all of Jay’s plans to go skating.
And then there’s the scene where the one boy seems to have figured things out and confronts Jay (or is it Ray?) and, well, I won’t spoil it here.
Andrew Clements knew how to write school stories, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It almost made me want to try the experiment myself. Except, I don’t have a twin. Where do I apply for one of those?
This post is part of a challenge to celebrate middle-grade books. For more information, go to: https://bookcraic.blog/2020/11/12/mg-takes-on-thursday-23/
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- Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
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