A soaring novel by the critically acclaimed author of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and The Lost & Found, perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven and Rainbow Rowell.
Lottie Reaves is not a risk taker. But she’s about to take a leap into the unknown…
When Lottie's beloved Aunt Helen dies of cancer, it upends her careful, quiet life.
Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the world-famous author of the bestselling Alvin Hatter series. She knew a thing or two about the magic of writing, and how words have the power to make you see things differently.
In her will, Aunt Helen leaves Lottie a series of letters—each containing mysterious instructions. As Lottie sets about following them, she realizes they’re meant to make her take a risk, and, for once in her life, really live. But when the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about her aunt’s past—and the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series—Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fears once and for all.
Part mysterious adventure, part love letter to the power of books, this is a brilliantly woven novel about loving, reading, writing, grieving, and finding the strength to take a leap.
About the Author
Katrina Leno is the author of Everything All at Once, The Lost & Found, The Half Life of Molly Pierce, and Summer of Salt. In real life, she lives in Los Angeles. But in her head, she lives on an imaginary island off the coast of New England where it sometimes rains a lot. Visit her online at www.katrinaleno.com.
“Leno’s writing is flawless...a beautifully interwoven story filled with much depth. Readers of all ages will find themselves swept away, right along with Lottie, until the very last page.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A truly captivating tale about grief and the affirming power of self-examination.” — Booklist
“A charming and sophisticated take on handling grief with a mystical twist ending that is sure to engage teens nostalgic for the magic of reading Harry Potter or Tuck Everlasting for the first time.” — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Lost & Found: “A rich, romantic story about two thoughtful teenagers on a quest for meaning.” — Publishers Weekly
“A beautiful exploration of loss…Quirky, endearing, and believable characters propel a narrative that pulls readers in with every mile of the road trip. An emotional journey that’s well worth the ride.” — School Library Journal
“Characters readers can believe in and care about.” — Kirkus Reviews
“THE LOST AND FOUND has so many of the things I love—friendship, romance, roadtrips, lots of breakfast sandwiches, and even a little bit of magic. Leno balances humor and sadness beautifully and the relationships all feel warm and true.” — Michelle Falkoff, author of Playlist for the Dead and Pushing Perfect
“The characters and the road trip alone are a winning combination. The premise is where the magic happens.” — Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes
Praise for The Half Life of Molly Pierce: “Introduces a fierce new presence.” — Publishers Weekly(starred review)
“A fascinating debut . . . something original indeed. Readers will absolutely need to know the end of this unique inward-facing mystery.” — Booklist