Lost and Found

by Andrew Clements (Author) Mark Elliott (Illustrator)

Lost and Found
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
The Grayson twins are moving to a new town. Again.

Although it's a drag to be constantly mistaken for each other, in truth, during those first days at a new school, there's nothing better than having a twin brother there with you. But on day one of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay is on his own. No big deal. It's a pretty nice school, good kids, too. But Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one seems to know a thing about his brother. Ray's not on the attendance lists, doesn't have a locker, doesn't even have a student folder. Jay almost tells the school -- almost -- but then decides that this lost information could be very...useful. And fun.

As Ray and Jay exploit a clerical oversight, they each find new views on friendship, honesty, what it means to be a twin -- and what it means to be yourself. Entertaining, thought-provoking, and true-to-life, this clever novel is classic Andrew Clements times two: twins!

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Publishers Weekly

Identical twins Ray and Jay Grayson prepare for yet another year of being perceived as two peas in a pod, two ducks on a pond, two spoons in a drawer, when their family moves from Colorado to Cleveland before the start of sixth grade. But when Ray gets sick on the first day of school and Jay discovers that Ray's school records have been misplaced, the two hatch a plan to alternate attendance, at least for the first week or so, and see what it feels like to be viewed as an individual. This slim story has all the elements readers have come to expect from Clements ("Frindle"): a school setting, likable secondary characters, supportive adults and a challenge to the audience to see things from a different perspective. While verisimilitude is never a priority in Clements's storytelling, this plot strains more than usual for effect: the Grayson parents seem particularly obtuse to their sons' switches, given how sensitive they turn out to be, and the case against twindom seems heavily (and gratuitously) stacked. The result: an entertaining story in a minor key. Final art not seen by "PW". Ages 812. "(July)" Copyright 2008 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Gr 36Twins Ray and Jay Grayson have recently moved to Ohio. For years the boys have longed to be seen as individuals rather than as "part of a pair." Due to a "clerical oversight," their first week of sixth grade gives them the chance. Ray stays home sick the first day, and Jay is on his own. He enjoys meeting his new classmates, but he is a bit baffled that no one, not even his teachers, seems to know that his brother exists. After some investigation, he realizes that the school only has records for one of them. Hilarityand confusionensues as the boys take turns being Jay. This novel is true to form for Clements. Relationships are well developed and realistic, and the author shows a strong understanding of the experience of being a twin. The use of similar names for the protagonists makes following the plot a bit confusing at times, but readers will quickly turn the pages to find out what the boys are up to next and whether they will be caught. The full-page pencil illustrations are a bit misleadingthey are not always in sync with the author's description of Ray and Jay as "completely identical." Although this book is not as memorable as "Frindle" (S & S, 1996) and some of Clements's other novels, it is a treat for those who are into the author's brand of "that could totally happen at my school" fiction."Jessica Kerlin, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH" Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Andrew Clements
Andrew Clements (1949-2019) was the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he was nominated for a multitude of state awards, including a Christopher Award and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He was also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. Find out more at AndrewClements.com.

Adam Stower has a rich imagination and loves fantasy and adventure stories. He studied illustration at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at the University of Brighton, and lives with his daughter in Brighton, England.
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Guided Reading Level
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date
July 20, 2008
Colorado Children's Book Award
Nominee 2010 - 2010
Volunteer State Book Awards
Nominee 2010 - 2011
Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award
Nominee 2010 - 2011
Massachusetts Children's Book Award
Nominee 2011 - 2012
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award
Nominee 2010 - 2011
Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award
Nominee 2010 - 2011
Sasquatch Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Young Hoosier Book Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012

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