Lost and Found

Lost and Found

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416909866
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/18/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 201,340
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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

  • 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.

  • Reading Group Guide

    A reading group guide to Lost and Found by Andrew Clements

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    The Grayson twins are moving to a new town. Again. Although it’s a drag to constantly be mistaken for each other, in truth, during those first days at a new school, there’s nothing better than having a twin brother there with you. But on day one of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay is on his own. No big deal. It’s a pretty nice school—good kids, too. But Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one seems to know a thing about his brother. Ray’s not on the attendance lists, doesn’t have a locker, and doesn’t even have a student folder. Jay almost tells the school–almost–but then decides that this lost information could be very useful. And fun.

    As Ray and Jay exploit a clerical oversight, they each find new views on friendship, honesty, what it means to be a twin–and what it means to be yourself. Entertaining, thought-provoking, and true-to-life, this clever novel is classic Andrew Clements times two: twins!

    DISCUSSION TOPICS

    • After reading Lost and Found, talk about the pros and cons of being a twin. How would you feel if you had a twin? Do you think you would like it, or not?

    • Jay and Ray are identical twins, but they are also individual people. Discuss their relationship with one another. How are they unlike despite the fact that they look the same? Do you think Jay and Ray would have a different relationship if they were not identical twins?

    • What is the real reason the twins pass themselves off as one person? If you were in this situation, would you have agreed to do this? Do you think the twins realize what will happen when they eventually get caught in their game?

    • Talk about the twin’s parents, Sue and Jim Grayson. Do you think they relate well to Jay and Ray? Do you think they really understand their sons?

    • Author Andrew Clements uses suspense throughout Lost and Found. Define “suspense” and identify some parts of the story that are especially suspenseful. Why do you think Clements writes this way?

    • When you were reading Lost and Found, could you predict what was going to happen next in the plot? Why or why not? Were you always right in your plot predictions?

    • Many characters in the novel make mistakes in this book. Who makes mistakes, and what are they? Is making mistakes normal? How do the characters move beyond their mistakes?

    • Jay and Ray start to notice girls in Lost and Found, and their relationship with girls is a big part of the novel. Did you find this realistic?

    • The concept of honesty is explored in this story. How are the characters honest and not honest with one another in the story?

    • What is the significance of the title Lost and Found? Why do you think the author chose this title for the book?

    • How did you feel about the ending of this story? Did you feel that Mr. Grayson was right in wanting to discipline Jay and Ray at home? Do you feel that Mrs. Lonsdale, the principal of the school, should have been able to discipline the boys as well? What do you think Jay and Ray’s punishment should be?

    • Going forward, how do you think Jay and Ray will deal with being twins? Do you think they will ever pull a prank like this one again? Why or why not?

    • Do you think this situation could happen at your school?

    ACTIVITIES AND RESEARCH

    • Ask your students to find out more about famous or notable twins from today and the past. Think about twins who are actors on television, twins who were prominent in history, or twins that are characters in books. After their research is complete, compare and discuss their findings with the rest of the class.

    • Many schools have sets of twins who are students. If your school has a set, have your students interview them. Some questions your students can ask: What is the best thing about being a twin? What do you not like about being a twin? How is being a twin special? Then, have your students compare their answers.

    • Why did author Andrew Clements decide to write a book about identical twins? Find out more about Andrew Clements and his special connection to twins. Share this information with the class.

    • Have your students write their own book reviews of Lost and Found. In each review, students should write about what they liked—and didn’t like—about the book. Would they recommend Lost and Found to other readers?

    • As a class, write an alternate ending to Lost and Found. What if Jay and Ray’s prank was never discovered? What if Jay and Ray’s parents let their school discipline them?

    This reading group guide has been provided by Simon & Schuster for classroom, library and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

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    Lost and Found 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 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! :)
    Anonymous 4 months ago
    The worst part was that it kept explaining about when they were babies but i wanted it to ta about sixth grade.ps:i only got a sample i have money but it does not let me use it they just took my money.
    HSuzann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I listened to this in audio while driving in the very early morning hours. It managed to hold my attention and keep me from getting drowsy.It's a bit predictable, but good fun. Who didn't find themselves a bit envious of the twins in school when they were growing up?
    arjunm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Two brothers named Jay and Ray and they move to colorado and the first day of school his brother's name was not called and one day one brother went to school and the other day the went it is about how they get caught.I liked this book so much I read it twice.
    sjiwenxuan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    There's a twins that went to live in a new town and a new school. The twins brother is called Ray
    sriches on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    The Grayson twins are moving to a new town. Again. Although it's a drag to be constantly mistaken for each other, in truth, during those first days at a new school, there's nothing better than having a twin brother there with you. But on day one of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay is on his own. No big deal. It's a pretty nice school, good kids, too. But Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one seems to know a thing about his brother. Ray's not on the attendance lists, doesn't have a locker, doesn't even have a student folder. Jay almost tells the school -- almost -- but then decides that this lost information could be very...useful. And fun.As Ray and Jay exploit a clerical oversight, they each find new views on friendship, honesty, what it means to be a twin -- and what it means to be yourself. Entertaining, thought-provoking, and true-to-life, this clever novel is classic Andrew Clements times two!
    MrFClass on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This book is a classic take on the old switch of twins that is often reacted in movies. I would recommend this to any one who would like reading about twins.
    hewayzha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I've only know one set of twins in my life and I never really thought about how they feel about one another, especially if they were identical. Jay certainly has very strong feelings about what it is like. Thus a scheme comes to life in which there is only one boy and they take turns going to school. For a couple days it is great until the complications start to mount. The lies are harder to remember and harder to tell. Finally, it becomes too much for one of the twins to keep their secret and that is when things start falling apart. I think kids will find this an entertainly tale. Readers may think it would be so great to be a twin but after reading Lost and Found, they might think differently about having to share a life with someone who looks just like you.