Essential Maps for the Lost
Essential Maps for the Lost

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Annotation: In this novel about grief and restorative love, the teenage daughter of a mentally ill woman discovers the aftermath of a murder, and becomes involved with the victim's son.
Catalog Number: #137139
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 327 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-41517-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96655-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-41517-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96655-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015024672
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Genre: Love Stories
Language: English
Word Count: 79,582
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 188814 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: HL650L

From beloved author and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes a fresh and luminous novel “about love and loss, mental illness, and taking charge of one's own fate” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

There are many ways to be lost.

Sometimes people want to be lost. Madison—Mads to everyone who knows her—is trying her best to escape herself during one last summer away from a mother who needs more from her than she can give, and from a future that has been decided by everyone but her.

Sometimes the lost do the unimaginable, like the woman—the body—Mads collides with in the middle of the water on a traumatic morning that changes everything. And sometimes the lost are the ones left behind, like the son of the woman in the water, Billy Youngwolf Floyd.

Billy is struggling to find his way through each day in the shadow of grief. His one comfort is the map he carries in his pocket, out of his favorite book The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. When three lives (and one special, shared book) collide, strange things happen. Things like questions and coincidences and secrets, lots of secrets. Things like falling in love. But can two lost people telling so many lies find their way through tragedy to each other…and to solid ground?