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The Space Between Lost and Found (Paperback)
From the acclaimed author of Extraordinary Birds, a powerful story about family, friendship, and the light that can be found even in the darkest of places.
Cassie's always looked up to her mom, a vibrant woman bursting with grand ideas. Together they planned to check off every dream on their think-big bucket list, no matter how far the adventures took them. The future seemed unlimited.
But then came the diagnosis, and Mom started to lose her memories. Even the ones Cassie thought she'd never forget. Even Cassie's name.
Cassie tries her hardest to keep Mom happy . . . to focus on math lessons and come up with art ideas that used to burst off her pen. But as Mom's memories dimmed, so did Cassie's inspiration. She's even pushed away Bailey, the one friend who could help make things okay.
So, Cassie decides to take action. It's time for one last adventure… even if it means taking a big risk to get there.
About the Author
Sandy Stark-McGinnis is the author of Extraordinary Birds and an award-winning poet. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Sandy lives with her husband and children in California, where she works as a fifth-grade teacher.
“A compelling portrait of a girl negotiating the harrowing journey.” —BCCB, starred review
“Moving.” —Publishers Weekly
“Filled with raw emotion and exemplifying the power of family, The Space Between Lost and Found is a moving novel in which a girl struggles to find her place in an upended world.” —Foreword Reviews
“Stark-McGinnis writes with empathy. . . . Thoughtful and enlightening.” —Booklist
“Cassie's perceptive narration rings true . . . A sensitive exploration.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Cassie is an engaging narrator.....The delivery of the book's art and math themes is effective without being heavy-handed and helps unify the story... [An] emotionally intense read.” —Horn Book Magazine
“A beautiful story filled with heart.” —Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s and coauthor of To Night Owl from Dogfish, on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“An amazing debut -- filled with heart, lyrical prose, and a heroine who soars!” —Jewell Parker Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Boys, on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“A heartbreaking and hopeful story about a young girl who learns the power of kindness and the beauty of belonging.” —School Library Journal, starred review, on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“Poignant... This heartbreaking but ultimately redemptive middle grade novel shows the beauty of accepting one's true self and finding a place to belong.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review, on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“Stark-McGinnis nimbly constructs poignant relationships born of reciprocal patience, trust, and understanding, and December's connections with Eleanor, Cheryllynn, and the red-tailed hawk feel authentic and earned… This sensitive debut is a sincere and hopeful exploration of family, history, and belonging from a promising new voice.” —Publishers Weekly on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“Stark-McGinnis' prose is carefully crafted, direct, and convincing...appealingly hopeful.” —Kirkus Reviews on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“This ably constructed first-person narrative is meant to tug at the heartstrings and it surely does, encouraging readers to hope for a happy ending to this affecting story.” —Booklist on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“Stark-McGinnis adds a vivid artistic flourish with the avian theme [and] writes with smooth sympathy… This is a gracefully written modern take on the orphan story.” —BCCB on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“Emotional, bittersweet, and ultimately uplifting. In her first novel, author Sandy Stark-McGinnis deftly walks the line between showing the sadness and uncertainty in main character December's life without letting the story get too intense or heavy. December is a great characte.... Her narrative is engaging and heart-rending, showing how kids in tough circumstances have to protect themselves emotionally.....This is an excellent read for middle-grade readers and up.” —Common Sense Media on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“An emotional tale about finding one's home and facing one's truth...An extraordinary debut!” —Ellie Terry, author of Forget Me Not, on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS
“This soulful story will wing its way straight into your heart.” —Jess Keating, zoologist and author of the My Life is a Zoo series, on EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS