The Lonely Ones

The Lonely Ones

by Kelsey Sutton


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When your only friend is your own endless imagination, how do you escape your mind and connect to the world around you?
With parents too busy to pay her attention, an older brother and sister who would rather spend their time with friends, and peers who oscillate between picking on her and simply ignoring her, it's no wonder that Fain spends most of her time in a world of her own making. During the day, Fain takes solace in crafting her own fantastical adventures in writing, but in the darkness of night, these adventures come to life as Fain lives and breathes alongside a legion of imaginary creatures. Whether floating through space or under the sea, climbing mountains or traipsing through forests, Fain becomes queen beyond—and in spite of—the walls of her bedroom.

In time, Fain begins to see possibilities and friendships emerge in her day-to-day reality . . . yet when she is let down by the one relationship she thought she could trust, Fain must decide: remain queen of the imaginary creatures, or risk the pain that comes with opening herself up to the fragile connections that exist only in the real world? Told in breathless and visual verse, THE LONELY ONES takes readers through the intricate inner workings of a girl who struggles to navigate isolation and finds friendship where she least expects it.

Praise for The Lonely Ones:

* "Spare and poignant, every word of this haunting and elegant novel in verse feels painstakingly selected....Fain's story is simply a brilliantly crafted coming-of-age novel that will appeal to the hearts and minds of all readers who have ever felt alone."—Kirkus Reviews *STARRED REVIEW*

"The lyrical free verse style moves the narrative swiftly along....Gorgeous writing distinguishes this short, but not shallow, read."School Library Journal 

"This novel in free verse is exactly what a poetic novel should immersive novel, like any good tale in which readers can take any individual poem and examine it in depth for word use, rhythm, and meaning."—VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399172892
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Kelsey Sutton ( lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Bemidji State University. When not writing, Kelsey can be found on her couch watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the local coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. She is also the author of Some Quiet Place and Where Silence Gathers. You can follow Kelsey on Twitter at @KelseyJSutton.

Read an Excerpt

The Call

Claws scrape against my windowsill.

Then, a voice,
raspy, childlike, familiar.

It calls my name and becomes a symphony.

      “Fain, are you coming?”
           “Come with us, Fain!”
                 “Wake up!”
         “Open your eyes, Fain!”

I try to be firm,
I try to say no.

There’s a voice in my head that whispers I’m getting too old for these games and adventures.
The ground is so thick with mud that someone could notice my tracks.

But my little friends persist again and again.

Their pleas batter against my resolve,
until debris crashes down and I am too weak to resist.

The unbearable truth is no one will notice my tracks

because no one notices anything.

I take one of their scaly hands;
a feather tickles against my cheek.

Then I climb outside and disappear into the night.

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