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Identical twins Ray and Jay Grayson are moving to a new town. Again. But at least they’ll have each other’s company at their new school. Except, on the first day of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one knows about his brother. Ray’s not on the attendance lists and doesn’t have a locker, or even a student folder. Jay decides that this lost information could be very…useful. And fun. Maybe even a little dangerous. As these two clever boys exploit a clerical oversight, ...

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Overview

Identical twins Ray and Jay Grayson are moving to a new town. Again. But at least they’ll have each other’s company at their new school. Except, on the first day of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one knows about his brother. Ray’s not on the attendance lists and doesn’t have a locker, or even a student folder. Jay decides that this lost information could be very…useful. And fun. Maybe even a little dangerous. As these two clever boys exploit a clerical oversight, each one discovers new perspectives on selfhood, friendship, and honesty.

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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 8-12. (July)

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

Twins 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. Hilarity-and confusion-ensues 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 misleading-they 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

Kirkus Reviews
For 12 years, Ray and Jay Grayson have been "the twins," nearly indistinguishable even to their parents. So when their new school unexpectedly combines their records, Ray and Jay decide to try out being just one person, taking turns going to school but keeping their experiment secret. Their deception lasts only eight days, but in the process they discover that they really are individuals after all. Clements's understanding of sixth graders is amply evident in the dialogue as well as the action. Better at math and athletics than his brother, Jay is at a loss when it comes to talking with girls, which Ray finds easy. Their differences lead to rolling-on-the-floor fights. When Ray shares his secret with a girl in his class, word gets around as each girl tells just one best friend, but it is a boy who notices their distinctive running styles. Another fast-paced, believable and funny offering from a master of school stories (Frindle, 1996, etc., etc.) and father of identical twin boys. (Final art not seen.) (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416909866
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 145,387
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards 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 is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

Mark Elliott has a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He has illustrated a number of book covers, and his work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Guild. Mark lives on a sheep farm in the Hudson Valley region of New York.

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Jay Grayson was twelve years old, so the first day of school shouldn’t have felt like such a big deal. But when he turned the corner onto Baker Street and saw the long brick building, he had to force himself to keep walking toward it. And Jay knew exactly why he felt so tensed up on this Tuesday morning in September: He was a new kid at a new school in a new town. Plus, his brother had stayed home sick today, so there wouldn’t be even one familiar face in the whole school. He had to deal with this first day of sixth grade all on his own.

Jay’s mom had offered to come to school and help get him checked in. “I’m not some little baby, Mom.” That’s what he had told her. Which was true.

So as he walked through the front doors of Taft Elementary School with a small crowd of other kids, Jay tried to look on the bright side. He told himself, This could be a lot worse.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

    Wonderful Book, Andrew Clements never fails!!

    I simply saw it was by Andrew Clements and bought it. He is a very good childrens author, and I would say that it is good for all ages! I highly recommend this book!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Great but expensive... there's a way 2 get it free. The secret is here

    Great book... i luv it.
    To get it free borrow it from your local library on your Nook.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Really good book!!!

    Lost and Found was a REALLY good book!!!!!!
    It has a lot of juicy vocabulary.
    My favorite character was Malissa. She is nice and pretty.
    I recommend this book to people who like books that are exciting and people who like books with juicy vocabulary.



    Georgia,
    from Ms.Edwards' class.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Dragonboy01 to "Click ( tap ) here"

    It gets better by a lot.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    My favorite part was when the twins took turns on something so i

    My favorite part was when the twins took turns on something so important. I connected with this book because I've been in trouble before like jay and ray at the end.This book kind of reminded me of another book called Pinkalicious because she is curious just like me and Jay. This book made me think of something that is happening in the world because, well, everybody makes mistakes a lot and that is exactly what happened to Ray and Jay.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Great book

    Great book. Andrew is one of my top 5 authors. Please read his book "no talking" if u loved ir liked this book

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Book

    I like how all books by clements are always somthing small in the begining but in the end it seems realy important. I recomend this book and not to mention frindle by the same author.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    AWESOME!

    This is a great book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Brian sause

    Good book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Anonamous

    I enjoed this book a lot and I think a lot of twins can relate to.this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    This is for the guy who said this is the worst andrew clements book.

    Um... no. You said that andrew clements could have done 100x better. That's wrong cuz andrew clements COULD'NT have done 100x better because he already is 1000000000000000000000000000000000% brilliantly amazingly talented author. I think this a phenominal book, and that kids and adults of all ages should read it. It is great.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lost and found is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!! It has very juicy vocabulary . yah!!!!!! My FAVORITE character is Mellisa.I like her because she is sweet and nice.My favorite part was when all the girls pass on that jay has a twin brother.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Lost and Found by Andrew Clements Tanner's Book Review

    Ray and Jay Grayson are twins who have trouble transferring schools and with issues with there independence. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone over the age of 8.: Andrew Clements' writing style did not entertain me. Lost and Found is kind of a book for lower ages than older. Some main points in the book are when on the first day at a new school Ray stays home sick. He leaves Jay all by himself to face the new school. During the role call, Jay notices that none of the teachers called out Ray's name. It was as if no one knew he had a brother!
    The book really did not impress me at all. I had a hard time not getting bored. While Jay is at school, he sees a big blue folder with his name on it. He also notices that there is not a folder for Ray. The boys use this information to realize what its like to go to school by themselves.This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Lost and Found has a lot of mystery and deception. The boys trick their parents, teachers, and their peers on their way to discovering their own independence.

    While reading this book I sensed that it lacked maturity. I felt like the reading level was the equivalent to a second grade book. I honestly do not see how this book was published. I hated it!

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The blind lead

    absorbing mystery, great characters,

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Seemed interesting, 8 year old grandson picked for a gift for doing so well last school year.

    I read a few pages. I liked that it was part of a series. The wrighter has made it easy to follow the story and has made it interesting. After my grandson read a few pages, I was glad he picked this book, he usually picks books with mostly pictures.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Lost and Found: One of the Best Books I've Ever Read

    This book was great. It was funny. It was interesting. It has all the good qualities you need in a book!! I say this to Andrew Clements, you are one of the best writers!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    We love Lost and Found

    We loved the book Lost and Found! The best part was when they were both at school and knew they were two different people. The most surprising thing was when Ray told Melissa they had been switching on and off. Also when Jay told James they were switching on and off. Our favorite characters are Jay because he came up with the idea of switching and Melissa because she was nice, always smiled and liked the boys. We enjoyed the book a lot! We think you should read Lost and Found!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Andrew Clements has added another great middle grade novel to his list of successful titles. LOST AND FOUND is a sure winner. <BR/><BR/>Identical twins fascinate us. It seems amazing to look so much like someone else that people can't tell the difference. There are fantastic tales of switching places, having their own special form of communication, feeling one another's pain, and reading each other's mind. All that is intriguing to those who are not twins, but when you are an identical twin, there are many times when you wish you were one of a kind. <BR/><BR/>Jay and Ray are entering the sixth grade at a new school, and each is feeling the frustration that their new classmates will not be able to tell them apart. Jay will be Ray, and Ray will be Jay more than they care to think about. However, things don't go as expected when Ray comes down with a cough and a fever that keep him at home on the first day of school. <BR/><BR/>In their homeroom class, Jay is surprised when only his name is called off by the teacher. Shouldn't Ray be called right after him? As the day continues, all the teachers do the same. No one mentions Ray at all. It is not until Jay accidentally notices a blue file with his name on it that looks twice as thick as everyone else's that he realizes the two files have been combined. The school seems to have no idea that his twin brother Ray even exists. <BR/><BR/>As soon as Jay gets home after school, he tells Ray about his interesting discovery. By then Jay has enjoyed one entire day not being a twin. He's even worked out a plan that would allow both boys to experience that wonderful feeling of being one of a kind. They can take turns attending school. One can go and one can stay at home. What can go wrong? <BR/><BR/>Knowing that they can't keep up the ruse forever, they agree to try it for as long as possible. There will be consequences when they are caught, but both decide it is worth the risk. Little do they know, by pretending to be one another, they must be more alike than ever before. <BR/><BR/>LOST AND FOUND is an entertaining story guaranteed to hold the interest of the 9-12 age group. Clements has a way of making the story sound like it could be happening right in the reader's own classroom. In addition to humor and suspense, there are opportunities for good classroom discussion including plot predictions, cause and effect relationships, and decision-making consequences. Whether inside or outside the classroom, LOST AND FOUND is a fun read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    Wow!

    My name is Cailin Jones, and I read this book for my first eighth grade book report. And to tell the truth I absolutely loved this book. But i'm not a twin so i wouldn't know what your son's had to go through. But i think that is really creative using your boys as an inspiration to your work. I hope to read more of your books! :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Awesome book

    This book is awesome. It is for all readers

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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