Sunday, June 14, 2009

LOST AND FOUND by Andrew Clements

LOST AND FOUND is a middle-grade book about two boys, Jay Ray and Ray Jay, who are twins looking for their separate identities. Each wonders what it would feel like to be a separate person rather than half of a set. When the school they transfer to receives only one file, they seize the opportunity to be seen as an individual. Both boys decide to pretend to be the person on the file, Ray Jay, and take turns going to school. Hilarity ensues.

It's a funny and sympathetic look at life as a twin. The author is a father of twin boys, and I believe this gave the book a level of authenticity. This is nicely drawn as a character-driven story. It's pace is a bit slower than I'm used to for a 'boy's' book, but it's vintage Clements. Andrew Clements is the master at writing about school life and the challenges faced by children. This book (as well as the others I've read by him) has a happy ending. I recommend it for both boys and girls.


Pamala Knight said...

Thanks for the recommendation. My two boys love Andrew Clements (we just finished re-reading No Talking) and will have to add this one to our collection.

Chris Eldin said...

Hi Pamela,

Nobody understands the dynamics of TWO boys unless you have two boys!!
:-) Mine really like his books as well.