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Losing a member of your family has got to be one of the toughest things to go through. For children this is particularly difficult. Sometimes the process of losing a parent happens in bits and pieces. Cassie, a girl in The Space Between Lost and Found, is losing her mother to early-onset Alzheimer’s. This story speaks to her adjustment, the pain and frustrations, and the growing acceptance that something needs to change. This is Cassie’s story.
What I Am Reviewing
The Space between Lost and Found is a 218 page chapter book published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. 18 chapters telling of Cassie’s adjustment to what her mom’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s means to her family. Author Sandy Stark-McGinnis is the author of Extraordinary Birds and an award-winning poet. Reviewing an ARC version for Raincoast Books.
Details on The Space Between Lost and Found
Cassie is a typical, I think middle school girl (her age isn’t given), dealing with a mom who isn’t well. Her mom will steadily get worse.
The story is well told. The pain and sadness is well shown. But what is also well shown is a girl’s determination. She’ll still do what she needs to.
She’ll play soccer, go on adventures with her mom, and do her art.
The chapters are a good length, the characters are as real as the people living next door, and hope…hope floods the pages. Watch Cassie’s journey to self-discovery, you’ll be rather amazed at where it takes her.
Should You Get It?
Yes. I found it well-written and true to life. You will learn the meaning of the title “The Space Between Lost and Found” before you reach the end. It’s a good reason and suits Cassie’s story to a “T”.