Tuesday 17 January 2017

Lost and Found - Andrew Clements

Lost and Found
Andrew Clements
Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
A Division of Simon and Schuster

ISBN 9781416909859
eISBN 9781442406155

In the last 6 months I have read 17 books by Andrew Clements. Along with Chris d’Lacey, Clements is currently among my top children’s and YA authors. He writes with such incredible insight into children, childhood and the school environment. Most of his stories are or a realistic fiction. They are events you could see happening with your children, children you know, or kids around your neighbourhood. His books are great fun reads!

In this adventure the Grayson twins have moved yet again. But on the first day of school Ray is sick. But during attendance they do not call Ray’s name. And there is no empty desk for him. For the first time in his life Jay finds out what it is like to not be a twin, and he loves it. And so Jay comes up with a plan. The school does not know there are supposed to be two Grayson boys so they will alternate days at school. They do plan on telling the truth next Friday. And the conflict between the two is escalating because of wanting different friends and activities at school. But an observant nurse at school starts to realise something is amiss. 

It was really interesting watching the twins try and act as one person, with their different strengths, interests and aptitudes. They both soon have close friends, female interest. And only one of them is good at math. 

The characters in this story are great. Both the Grayson twins Ray and Jay, James, Melissa. Even the teachers and parents are very well done. The setting, of young boys at a new school is also really well written. And the illustrations by Mark Elliott, though few are great drawings that capture elements of the story very well.

Andrew Clements is an incredible writer and this was another great read. I can highly recommend it!  

Books by Andrew Clements:
Bird Adalbert
Noah and the Ark and the Animals
Santa's Secret Helper
Temple Cat
Mother Earth's Counting Book
Billy and the Bad Teacher
Who Owns the Cow
Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers
(Adapter)Philipp's Birthday Book
Riff's BeBop Book
Real Monsters Go for the Mold
Things That Go EEK on Halloween
Real Monsters Stage Fright
Music Time, Any Time
Double Trouble in Walla Walla
Gromble's Haunted Halloween
Hey Dad, Could I Borrow Your Hammer
The Landry News
Look Who's in the Thanksgiving Play
The Mouse Family
The Janitor's Boy
Circus Family Dog
The Christmas Kitten
The School Story
Things Not Seen 
The Jacket 
A Week in the Woods
Slippers at Home
Naptime for Slippers
The Report Card
The Last Holiday Concert
Slippers at School
Slippers Loves to Run
A Million Is a Lot of Dots
Lunch Money
Things Hoped For
Room One: A Mystery or Two
No Talking
Things That Are
Lost and Found
Extra Credit
About Average
The Map Trap
The Friendship War
The Losers Club

Pets to the Rescue Series
Ringo Saves the Day!
Brave Norman
Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends
Delores and the Big Fire

Jake Drake Series
Jake Drake Know-It-All
Jake Drake, Bully Buster
Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet
Jake Drake, Class Clown

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Series
We the Children
Fear Itself
The Whites of Their Eyes
In Harm's Way
We Hold These Truths

Reading program Books
Karen's Island
Three Wishes for Buster
Bill Picket: An American Original, Texas Style
Hurricane Andrew
Ham and Eggs for Jack
Life in the Desert
Desert Treasure
Inventors: Making Things Better, Steck-Vaughn
Milo's Great Invention

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