Lost and Found

Lost and Found

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by Andrew Clements, Mark Elliott

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As two clever boys exploit a clerical oversight, each one discovers new perspectives on selfhood, friendship, and honesty.

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…  See more details below


As two clever boys exploit a clerical oversight, each one discovers new perspectives on selfhood, friendship, and honesty.

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.

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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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Lost and Found




    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.

  • 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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    Lost and Found 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
    tessa11 More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great book... i luv it. To get it free borrow it from your local library on your Nook.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a great book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I enjoed this book a lot and I think a lot of twins can relate to.this book
    EdwardsGC More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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.
    grandma09 More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Joi20 More than 1 year ago
    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!!!
    Super-Readers-from-106 More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is awesome. It is for all readers
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It gets better by a lot.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    One of my favorite books of all time the boys are kind of mischevios like me so i can relate
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I just read this book is amazing
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    absorbing mystery, great characters,
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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! :)
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    Good but needs a little more zip zap, you know, flavor. Andrew is a great author.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The story us incredibly funny and has you on the edge of your seat as you follow this plotline.
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    One of the best books I ever read.
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