LOST IN THE SUN by Lisa Graff is a powerful work of realistic fiction focusing on a boy’s struggle to move on after a traumatic experience.
Trent is tormented by a death for which he feels responsible. His emotional agony causes him to rebel and angrily lash out at his family and friends. Although his parents, teachers, and a special friend try to help, it takes time for Trent to slowly learn to love others again and ultimately himself.
Graff’s complex characters are at the core of this authentic story. Trent’s anguish is skillfully played out in everyday situations that spiral out of control. From his caring teacher to his steadfast friend, Graff does an outstanding job inventing compassion characters who support Trent in his darkest moments.
Librarians will find this heart wrenching book to be popular with youth who enjoy character-driven stories. Although written for the middle grades, young adults will be drawn to the themes and complex emotions. It’s rare to find an emotionally charged book written from a boy’s perspective, so use this novel to engage young men in realistic fiction.
Learn more about the author at http://www.lisagraff.com/.
Published by Philomel Books, Penguin Young Readers in May 26, 2015.