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From the author of A Tangle of Knots and Absolutely Almost, a touching story about a boy who won't let one tragic accident define him.

Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can't get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he's not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is.

If only Trent could make that fresh start happen.

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 fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it.

Praise for Lost in the Sun:

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year!

* "Graff writes with stunning insight [and] consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation."--Kirkus Reviews *STARRED*

* "Graff creates layered, vulnerable characters that are worth getting to know."--Booklist *STARRED*

* "[A]n ambitious and gracefully executed story."--Publishers Weekly *STARRED*

* "Weighty matters deftly handled with humor and grace will give this book wide appeal."--School Library Journal *STARRED*

* "Characterization is thoughtful."--BCCB *STARRED*

“In Lost in the Sun, Trent decides that he will speak the truth: that pain and anger and loss are not the final words, that goodness can find us after all—even when we hide from it. This is a novel that speaks powerfully, honestly, almost shockingly about our human pain and our human redemption. This book will change you.”—Gary Schmidt, two-time Newbery Honor-winning author of The Wednesday Wars and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

“Lisa Graff crafts a compelling story about a boy touched with tragedy and the world of people he cares about. And like all the best stories, it ends at a new beginning.”—Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way From Chicago

Lisa Graff's Awards and Reviews:

Lisa Graff's books have been named to 30 state award lists, and A Tangle of Knots was long-listed for the National Book Award.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on May 26, 2015 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 0399164065
ISBN-13: 9780399164064
4 Book Reviews
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  • hedgeguin2
    hedgeguin2Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:14 pm44 stars
    Lost in the Sun is about a boy named Trent, who is starting a middle school and all he wants is a fresh start. But that can’t happen when he was the one who killed Jared (on accident). He feels like everybody hates him, so he hates them back. Until he starts to know Fallon Little, a girl who has a scar down her face, that he learns that fresh starts aren’t easy to do, even when it seems like it is. I think this book is pretty good, and I would recommend it! ;)
    • joyfulwater
      joyfulwaterTuesday, May 21, 2019 at 1:54 pm55 stars
      This is an amazing realistic fiction book. It may take a long time to read, but it is definitely worth the wait. Lost in the Sun is about a naughty boy and how he learns to control his temper and make new friends on his way through his journey.
      • mooreryan25
        mooreryan25Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:41 am55 stars
        I decided to read the book because a person in the book has a heart defect and so do I.
        • donovanthecow
          donovanthecowThursday, April 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm
          cool and nice book,im lost in this book