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A girl with a passion for science and a boy who dreams of writing fantasy novels must figure out how to get along now that their parents are dating. Sutton is having robot problems. Her mini-bot is supposed to be able to get through a maze in under a minute, but she must have gotten something wrong in the coding. Which is frustrating for a science-minded girl like Sutton—al A girl with a passion for science and a boy who dreams of writing fantasy novels must figure out how to get along now that their parents are dating. Sutton is having robot problems. Her mini-bot is supposed to be able to get through a maze in under a minute, but she must have gotten something wrong in the coding. Which is frustrating for a science-minded girl like Sutton—almost as frustrating as the fact that her mother probably won’t be home in time for Sutton’s tenth birthday. Luis spends his days writing thrilling stories about brave kids, but there’s only so much inspiration you can find when you’re stuck inside all day. He’s allergic to bees, afraid of dogs, and has an overprotective mom to boot. So Luis can only dream of daring adventures in the wild. Sutton and Luis couldn’t be more different from each other. Except now that their parents are dating, these two have to find some common ground. Will they be able to navigate their way down a path they never planned on exploring?


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A girl with a passion for science and a boy who dreams of writing fantasy novels must figure out how to get along now that their parents are dating. Sutton is having robot problems. Her mini-bot is supposed to be able to get through a maze in under a minute, but she must have gotten something wrong in the coding. Which is frustrating for a science-minded girl like Sutton—al A girl with a passion for science and a boy who dreams of writing fantasy novels must figure out how to get along now that their parents are dating. Sutton is having robot problems. Her mini-bot is supposed to be able to get through a maze in under a minute, but she must have gotten something wrong in the coding. Which is frustrating for a science-minded girl like Sutton—almost as frustrating as the fact that her mother probably won’t be home in time for Sutton’s tenth birthday. Luis spends his days writing thrilling stories about brave kids, but there’s only so much inspiration you can find when you’re stuck inside all day. He’s allergic to bees, afraid of dogs, and has an overprotective mom to boot. So Luis can only dream of daring adventures in the wild. Sutton and Luis couldn’t be more different from each other. Except now that their parents are dating, these two have to find some common ground. Will they be able to navigate their way down a path they never planned on exploring?

30 review for A Field Guide to Getting Lost

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [BLOG]::[YOUTUBE]::[TWITTER] This was a very fun short middle grade story to read! It is always difficult to adapt to any changes in our routine lives. Hence, I loved how the author tackled the subject of children adapting to their parent’s dating lives. There characters are unique and well written. Initially I did not like Sutton that much. I thought she was too bossy and close-minded and did not like the idea of change. However, the author progressed the story in such a nice manner. Similar to L [BLOG]::[YOUTUBE]::[TWITTER] This was a very fun short middle grade story to read! It is always difficult to adapt to any changes in our routine lives. Hence, I loved how the author tackled the subject of children adapting to their parent’s dating lives. There characters are unique and well written. Initially I did not like Sutton that much. I thought she was too bossy and close-minded and did not like the idea of change. However, the author progressed the story in such a nice manner. Similar to Luis, we also start to see Sutton open up. Luis is wonderful in his own way. Even though he faces a lot of problems with his allergies, he puts up a brave front and is ready for any adventure. I think Luis is a role model for anyone to inspire to on being brave and overcome their fears. There are many other things which I appreciated in the story. For instance, I liked the diversity that the author provides in the story. Some of Sutton’s neighbors are Muslim, Chinese and Indian. As an Indian, I loved that the author showcased some of the traditional Indian dishes, and did not stereotype the characters in anyway. On a side note, I also loved Penelope’s adventures and hope the author writes them as companion novels to this book. The author also makes some references and recommendations of other fantasy middle grade novels. I liked how Sutton spoke about robotics with such an enthusiasm to spark interest for the reader on the same. Even though it is a bit predictable as to how this story would turn out, I enjoyed reading it! I would love to read a follow up book on Sutton and Luis and the challenges they faced if their family moved in. Overall, I this this book was delightful to read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    A great book, great story, great author and a great read! For the young and the young at heart! Highly recommend!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Hammelef

    This book will be a guaranteed winner with all readers. This novel, told in alternating dual perspectives of Sutton and Luis, has an authentic middle grade voice that readers will immediately connect to and relate to as the author never pulls her reader out of character. The supporting characters--the parents, friends, and neighbors are also so real, so supportive, so loving and involved that I wanted to be in their lives. Set in Seattle, one of my favorite cities, the setting details pop through This book will be a guaranteed winner with all readers. This novel, told in alternating dual perspectives of Sutton and Luis, has an authentic middle grade voice that readers will immediately connect to and relate to as the author never pulls her reader out of character. The supporting characters--the parents, friends, and neighbors are also so real, so supportive, so loving and involved that I wanted to be in their lives. Set in Seattle, one of my favorite cities, the setting details pop throughout the book--from the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of delicious foods--and make reading this novel seem as if I was there while the action unfolded. The characters in this book deal with difficult things and each learns that there is not one right way to find answers. They learn to accept having to ask for help, being brave and facing their own fears, and learn to find common ground to work together. I highly recommend this for all readers with it's humor and heart.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough is set in Seattle. Sutton and her father live in the same apartment building as her mother. But her parents are divorced and her mother is usually absent — down in Antartica studying penguins. Meanwhile, Luis and his mother live across town. Luis has terrible, life threatening allergies. Luis and Sutton's parents are dating and now they want the children to meet. CC6666 - siblings home offroad http://pussreboots.com/blog/2020/comm... A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough is set in Seattle. Sutton and her father live in the same apartment building as her mother. But her parents are divorced and her mother is usually absent — down in Antartica studying penguins. Meanwhile, Luis and his mother live across town. Luis has terrible, life threatening allergies. Luis and Sutton's parents are dating and now they want the children to meet. CC6666 - siblings home offroad http://pussreboots.com/blog/2020/comm...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen (1/2 of Bookish Moms)

    Sutton and Luis meet when their parents start dating. They have nothing in common at all. Finding a way to get along or even maybe becoming friends (or step-siblings!) is a challenge. Sutton's mom is in Antarctica and is going to miss her 10th birthday and the robot she's working on. Luis is entirely different. Not sciencey at all. He writes stories about things he is afraid of (including dogs). They do begin to work together when they find themselves in a sticky situation. Funny, suspenseful, s Sutton and Luis meet when their parents start dating. They have nothing in common at all. Finding a way to get along or even maybe becoming friends (or step-siblings!) is a challenge. Sutton's mom is in Antarctica and is going to miss her 10th birthday and the robot she's working on. Luis is entirely different. Not sciencey at all. He writes stories about things he is afraid of (including dogs). They do begin to work together when they find themselves in a sticky situation. Funny, suspenseful, so sad at times, along with being filled with science and art and nature, Field Guide to Getting Lost is one of my favorite middle-grade books so far this year.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Lawson

    Holy smokes, my full review is coming, but for now, just know that I LOVE this book for so many reasons. The VOICE, the HUMOR, the everyday DETAILS (the kind that make you feel like you're walking around a scene), THE CHARACTERS, and especially the HONESTY about some hard, hard topics that I know (from personal experience) are very hard to endure. Sutton and Luis are two very different kids whose parents have started dating. That's not just awkward--it's ...well, it's really hard--because both o Holy smokes, my full review is coming, but for now, just know that I LOVE this book for so many reasons. The VOICE, the HUMOR, the everyday DETAILS (the kind that make you feel like you're walking around a scene), THE CHARACTERS, and especially the HONESTY about some hard, hard topics that I know (from personal experience) are very hard to endure. Sutton and Luis are two very different kids whose parents have started dating. That's not just awkward--it's ...well, it's really hard--because both of them have other things that make life challenging. But children are some of the most emotionally resilient people I've encountered in life--Sutton and Luis are no exceptions. They're an inspiration. This was a fun read that made me want to buy a compass necklace for everyone I know. More plot-based gushing to come...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Roat

    Kids are gonna love Luis and Sutton! (Adults will also love these kids... I did!) This book just feels good. I read an advance copy and can't wait for this story to be out in the world making the world a better place.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    I had seen this one when I was looking for middle grade books for my anticipated list, it didn't make the cut but I still kind of wanted to read it and I am so glad I found this on hoopla because it was really cute.  Sutton is a science girl who is trying to code a small robot into doing what she wants it to and getting really frustrated that she can't figure out a piece of code. Luis loves to write about adventures and doing thrilling things but he can't do them himself because he is allergic to I had seen this one when I was looking for middle grade books for my anticipated list, it didn't make the cut but I still kind of wanted to read it and I am so glad I found this on hoopla because it was really cute.  Sutton is a science girl who is trying to code a small robot into doing what she wants it to and getting really frustrated that she can't figure out a piece of code. Luis loves to write about adventures and doing thrilling things but he can't do them himself because he is allergic to a lot of things. Then Sutten and Luis find out their parents are dating and sort of get shoved together and have nothing in common. Sutton's dad wants her to try and get along with his girlfriend and tries making some family get togethers but things don't go so well.  On one of the outings they decide to go hiking and this will be the most outside time Luis has ever gotten. It turns out to be more of an adventure than he thought it would be when him and Sutton get lost and separated from their parents. During this time of trying to figure out how to get back to the parking lot they find out how to help each other, Sutton using her scientific mind and Luis using his imagination.  It's told in two povs switching between the two kids and it was fun getting to know both kids and their fears and specialties. I really liked both Sutton and Luis as they both had things about them that made them fun and interesting. It was a great story of discovering your full potential and making new friends. I don't normally read a lot of contemporary middle grade but I am glad I gave this one a try! I would definitely recommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wrenn Nicodemo

    This is the heartwarming story of two kids, Sutton and Luis, whose parents have recently begun dating. The story is told from alternating points of view: Sutton, a science-minded girl who is laser-focused on coding a mini robot, and Luis, a creative boy writing his own novel who really suffers from severe allergies. The pacing of the plot is good in that the story is centered around two attempts (by the dating parents) to have a "family" activity. The first outing is a flop but soon followed by This is the heartwarming story of two kids, Sutton and Luis, whose parents have recently begun dating. The story is told from alternating points of view: Sutton, a science-minded girl who is laser-focused on coding a mini robot, and Luis, a creative boy writing his own novel who really suffers from severe allergies. The pacing of the plot is good in that the story is centered around two attempts (by the dating parents) to have a "family" activity. The first outing is a flop but soon followed by a second outing that leads to Sutton and Luis getting lost, a situation that forces them to work together. There are other interesting characters that add some diversity. There are also intriguing backstories on the "other" parent of both Sutton and Luis, which I think young readers will relate to. Overall, while this book is entertaining, the concrete details are what I think really add some richness. For example, Sutton's neighbor Mrs. Banerjee makes a comforting drink called golden milk: "spices and honey stirred into warm milk, which bloomed a brilliant yellow when she added a spice called turmeric." Other details get equal attention. And, of course, there's a dog (named Moti) who plays the small but important role of, well, the dog. I like books with dogs (as long as they don't die). This book is going right into my elementary school library, and I think it will be a hit. Note: I received this book for free in a giveaway on this site.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate Grace

    This is such a funny and sweet middle-grade novel. I loved seeing how Sutton and Luis become a part of each other’s life. In general, the friends and family who surround these kids are great. And the Seattle backdrop almost takes on a life of its own, too. Thank you to Joy McCullough, Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) and Goodreads Giveaways for my copy. This is such a funny and sweet middle-grade novel. I loved seeing how Sutton and Luis become a part of each other’s life. In general, the friends and family who surround these kids are great. And the Seattle backdrop almost takes on a life of its own, too. Thank you to Joy McCullough, Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) and Goodreads Giveaways for my copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mahi Senthilkumar

    This middle grade novel made me cry, cheese at the ceiling from cuteness, and most importantly re-upped my appreciation for young kids as characters and as readers. Wish I had been introduced to more books like this as a kid

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Crouch

    Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC with Collabookation. Sutton loves robotics, lives with her dad while her mom is far away collecting data on penguins, and is homeschooled. Luis lives with his mom, loves writing adventure stories, and is allergic to everything. Both protagonists are working through some things: Sutton's mom being away is getting to be a challenge. Sutton's dad is a wonderful caretaker, but having her mom away for her birthday is hard for her to digest. Lui Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC with Collabookation. Sutton loves robotics, lives with her dad while her mom is far away collecting data on penguins, and is homeschooled. Luis lives with his mom, loves writing adventure stories, and is allergic to everything. Both protagonists are working through some things: Sutton's mom being away is getting to be a challenge. Sutton's dad is a wonderful caretaker, but having her mom away for her birthday is hard for her to digest. Luis' allergies mean his mom hovers and his freedom is limited. All of these characters are charismatic and compelling. Enter a new relationships between Sutton's dad and Luis' mom, and readers get some wonderful perspective on just how hard it can be to be yourself in stressful situations! If you loved Two Naomis, this book is a must. Chapters alternate between Sutton and Luis, creating that perfect combination of perspective to help the reader understand motive and general awkwardness. What I loved the most was Sutton's lack of social grace. She's an awkward kid, who has a scientific mindset - always thinking logically: if, then. But a potential merge in her family structure throws her whole world off-kilter. At every strange and fairly painful interaction, I could see how her behavior was interpreted, and I wanted to help her out. However, she figures it out for herself, and everyone wins! I highly recommend A Field Guide to Getting Lost to fifth graders and up.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I have been looking for more titles with blended families for the Library and this book fits the bill perfectly. A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a gently told story about two children who become friends after learning their parents are dating and ready to make their relationship more official. A Field Guide to Getting Lost is one of those wonderful stories full of diverse and relatable characters that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. Not only do we have families who have dealt with the I have been looking for more titles with blended families for the Library and this book fits the bill perfectly. A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a gently told story about two children who become friends after learning their parents are dating and ready to make their relationship more official. A Field Guide to Getting Lost is one of those wonderful stories full of diverse and relatable characters that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. Not only do we have families who have dealt with the death of a parent and divorce, immigration and separation, Sutton is a neurodiverse robotics prodigy and Luis, a fantasy writer who lives with severe food allergies. Each child has amazing gifts and strengths but also struggles with fitting in and overcoming their fears. Due to the many sensitive topics within this story, you may want to give it a read first before giving it to a younger reader who has dealt with divorce or parental death. In A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Sutton and her father live in a tight-knit community in Seattle. After learning her mother won't be home from Antarctica in time for Sutton's tenth birthday, Sutton's anger and disappointment is overshadowed by her uncertain feelings about her father's new romantic relationship with a woman named Elizabeth. Her parents have been divorced for many years and while she always knew it was a possibility, the reality of a new relationship leaves Sutton feeling replaceable. When her father invites her along on a family date with Elizabeth and her son Luis, Sutton tries her best to be friendly but is uncertain how to answer all of Luis' questions. Luis, the only child of Elizabeth, has few memories of his father who died when he was very young. His severe allergies have made he and his mother incredibly close and he wants to be supportive of his mother's new relationship but is unsure how to act around Sutton. Her short answers and lack of pop culture knowledge leave Luis feeling uncertain about the future. When the two families attempt another day trip to learn more about each other, a mysterious tunnel in the woods leave Luis and Sutton separated from their parents and forced to work together to find their way back to civilization. This is a wonderful story of friendship, overcoming fears, and understanding that families come in all shapes and sizes. As I am in a very rural area, the descriptions of Seattle, with it's farmer's markets and community gardens will be knew for my children. Large apartment buildings aren't as common here so it will be interesting to see the kid's reactions to reading about walking down the hall to a favorite neighbor or upstairs to a friend's apartment. There's a very cute scene where 10 year-old Luis gets to walk down the block to a store to buy markers by himself and this mark of independence will be a great discussion starter with younger readers about their first independent adventure. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this title, all opinions and mistakes are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    Two very different personalities from two maybe or maybe not so very different worlds come together in a touching and engaging tale. Sutton's parents are divorced, and her mother is constantly away studying penguins. Like her mom, Sutton loves science, but unlike her mom, she's into robots and programming—and she's fairly talented at it too. But when her mom announces she won't be there for Sutton's birthday, and her father gets more serious with the woman he's been dating, Sutton's not sure her Two very different personalities from two maybe or maybe not so very different worlds come together in a touching and engaging tale. Sutton's parents are divorced, and her mother is constantly away studying penguins. Like her mom, Sutton loves science, but unlike her mom, she's into robots and programming—and she's fairly talented at it too. But when her mom announces she won't be there for Sutton's birthday, and her father gets more serious with the woman he's been dating, Sutton's not sure her life's programming is on the right track. Then there's Luis. He's allergic to everything...or so it seems. His mom does everything in her power to protect him, but he still manages to stumble from one allergic reaction into the next. When his mom introduces him to her to the man she's dating and his daughter, Luis is willing to give the new people a try, but Sutton is tighter than the magical wards guarding a super treasure. He's not sure he can break through. This was such a fun book to read! Sutton comes across so single-minded, as she only thinks about her robot, while trying to drown out the thoughts of troubles with her mother. It almost makes her, at times, a bit robotic herself. It's hard not to sympathize with her and her unease at dealing with everyone's relationships. Because everyone feels a little lost sometimes. Luis is a mess with his allergies, and yet, he's got the constant glow of hope...although it's not always bright and clear. His mishaps are the kind which could be almost funny if he didn't always end up with another dangerous allergic reaction. It's hard not to feel for him, and definitely easy to cheer for him as he tries to reach beyond his fears. In other words, both of these characters to hard not to like. While the tale revolves around Luis's and Sutton's battle to get beyond their own worlds and deal with the new situation, it packs loads of gentle humor and tons of hope. Each page holds something new, making it a hard book to put down. Many young readers will identify with the two characters, and hope they both find their way. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed reading the tale more than I thought I would.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate Waggoner

    Thank you to #NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read a digital ARC of A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough. This middle grades contemporary novel will be released on April 14, 2020. All opinions are my own. Sutton is almost 10 years old and lives with her father in an apartment in Seattle. Her mother is a scientist researching penguin migration in Antarctica, and Sutton has just learned that her mom won't be home for her 10th bir Thank you to #NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read a digital ARC of A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough. This middle grades contemporary novel will be released on April 14, 2020. All opinions are my own. Sutton is almost 10 years old and lives with her father in an apartment in Seattle. Her mother is a scientist researching penguin migration in Antarctica, and Sutton has just learned that her mom won't be home for her 10th birthday. Sutton, who loves science, attempts to focus on fixing the issues with her robot, but her life becomes even more complicated when her father wants her to meet the woman he has been dating and her son. Luis loves telling stories and is working on writing a book. He's also allergic to almost everything which leads his mom to be overly protective. He's excited, but still apprehensive, to meet his mom's boyfriend and his daughter, Sutton. On a family hike, the Luis and Sutton get separated from their parents and lost in Discovery Park. Maybe getting lost is exactly what they needed. I found this to be a super cute middle grades book. Sutton and Luis are both kind of outsiders, in their own unique ways, who happen to be experiencing similar struggles. I think many kids will be able to relate to Sutton's anxiety of her dad dating and their family situation changing as well as Luis's desire for freedom and adventure. I enjoyed all of the facts and science that I learned from Sutton and all of the pop culture and literary references that Luis and Sutton's father make. The book alternates between Sutton and Luis's perspectives. This story has science, fantasy, adventure, and drama. It's fun and moves at an upbeat pace. I think it's a book that many middle grade readers will enjoy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sierra Dertinger

    Sutton lives in a quaint apartment, loves to code her robots, and is homeschooled by her loving father, while her mother is in South Antarctica saving penguins (a thankless job). The problem is that Sutton hardly sees her mom with this new job, and the fact that her dad and mom are divorced. Luis lives in the perfect home with his mother, Elizabeth, whom is always checking in on him. He is allergic to peanuts, bees, and countless other things that resolve in EpiPen injections and emergency trips Sutton lives in a quaint apartment, loves to code her robots, and is homeschooled by her loving father, while her mother is in South Antarctica saving penguins (a thankless job). The problem is that Sutton hardly sees her mom with this new job, and the fact that her dad and mom are divorced. Luis lives in the perfect home with his mother, Elizabeth, whom is always checking in on him. He is allergic to peanuts, bees, and countless other things that resolve in EpiPen injections and emergency trips to the hospital, often. His superpower is writing fantasties. He wishes his father was around, but he passed away due to cancer when Luis was a little boy. It all gets a little weird when Sutton’s dad is always going out with this new lady and Luis’s mom has never been happier with this guy she’s been dating. Sutton and Luis didn’t know each other, until their first “family get together”. It all went awry when Sutton seemed a little off put by the whole situation. Her father isn’t pleased with how she acted, so they try for round 2 and this time Sutton is going to give it her all. She wants her dad happy and she kind of wanted to see Luis again, plus talk with Elizabeth. Well, this next adventure also goes a little unplanned but it allowed Sutton and Luis to realize that with working together and discovering new ways to look at things, everything will fall into place. Each chapter switched between the two characters, the voice of each character was true to them with all their awkward-quirkiness as middle schoolers go, and I loved the quick read. This will definitely appeal to kids!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathie

    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an eARC of this book. This is the author's debut middle grade book, but many will be familiar with her YA historical fiction novel in verse BLOOD WATER PAINT. In A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST, two kids (Sutton and Luis) are brought together because their parents are dating. Sutton loves science and robotics, and is struggling with the absence of her mom who is working in Antarctica. Luis is a writer who loves fantasies since his numerous allergies keep Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an eARC of this book. This is the author's debut middle grade book, but many will be familiar with her YA historical fiction novel in verse BLOOD WATER PAINT. In A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST, two kids (Sutton and Luis) are brought together because their parents are dating. Sutton loves science and robotics, and is struggling with the absence of her mom who is working in Antarctica. Luis is a writer who loves fantasies since his numerous allergies keep him from real life adventures. Though very different, Sutton and Luis need to try and find some common ground for their sake of their parents, until an unexpected outing leads them right to it. I loved that this story is told from both Sutton and Luis' perspectives; not only are the chapters short, but the book itself is only 225 pages and will appeal to a wide range of readers. As a mom of a child with a food allergy, I really appreciated that severe allergies were addressed in a realistic fiction story, and would desperately like to see more stories that address this issue. I would love to see a sequel to this book, as I can't help but wonder what happens next in their lives. I look forward to reading more middle grade fiction from this author in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    wanderonwards

    Thank you to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for sending me a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. A Field Guide To Getting Lost is a charming and humorous middle grade story about unlikely friends and navigating your way through life’s difficulties. McCullough does a wonderful job of creating likable, realistic characters while tackling an ambitious range of subjects. I particularly enjoyed the little bits of humor throughout the story and how honestly McCullough portra Thank you to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for sending me a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. A Field Guide To Getting Lost is a charming and humorous middle grade story about unlikely friends and navigating your way through life’s difficulties. McCullough does a wonderful job of creating likable, realistic characters while tackling an ambitious range of subjects. I particularly enjoyed the little bits of humor throughout the story and how honestly McCullough portrayed some difficult topics without overwhelming the reader. Some of the many subjects and topics covered in A Field Guide To Getting Lost are: science (coding, robots, the scientific method, and scientific theory), environmentalism and climate change (and penguins!), writing and the creative process, extreme food allergies, divorced parents, coparenting, dealing with change, dealing with frustration (concerning projects and things out of your control, like single parents dating other people), and difficulties with social interactions and making friends. Thank you again to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for the privilege of reviewing an ARC.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book was a random find on Hoopla. Overall the story was enjoyable but I don’t see it being a book that kids are still talking about 20 years from now. We listened to the audiobook version. My kids did not care for the voices of some the characters in the audio version and my 7 year old said the back and forth of different main characters telling the story was confusing. My 12 and 10 year olds said the kids didn’t seem like the ages they were portraying. At times they seemed way too young an This book was a random find on Hoopla. Overall the story was enjoyable but I don’t see it being a book that kids are still talking about 20 years from now. We listened to the audiobook version. My kids did not care for the voices of some the characters in the audio version and my 7 year old said the back and forth of different main characters telling the story was confusing. My 12 and 10 year olds said the kids didn’t seem like the ages they were portraying. At times they seemed way too young and at others way too old. The biggest disappointment to my kids who spend a lot of time hiking, Luis and Sutton were not really lost. My kids felt like this book was mis-titled and slightly unrealistic. I liked that women were portrayed as scientists (even if they had fetched jobs) and that the characters were multi-cultural and multi-generational. There is a child who is mentioned two or three times in the entire book who has two moms. Both of the main characters are being raised by single parents through death or divorce. These are portrayed very neutrally. Overall the kids have positive feelings and respect toward adults which does not seem to be the case in many books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an early copy with our #bookexpedition group. Sutton’s parents are divorced. She lives with her dad while her mom is in Antarctica, researching penguin migration. She’s a science-minded kid who’s dealing with programming issues, both with her mini-bot and in her own life. Luis lives with his mom, having lost his dad to cancer years ago. While his creative writing is fantasy driven (Star Wars and Harry Potter are favorites), he’s usually stuck in Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an early copy with our #bookexpedition group. Sutton’s parents are divorced. She lives with her dad while her mom is in Antarctica, researching penguin migration. She’s a science-minded kid who’s dealing with programming issues, both with her mini-bot and in her own life. Luis lives with his mom, having lost his dad to cancer years ago. While his creative writing is fantasy driven (Star Wars and Harry Potter are favorites), he’s usually stuck in reality (indoors) due to his many allergies and an over-protective mom. They couldn’t be more different from each other, but their parents start dating and they have to navigate this new path neither expected to explore. With themes of adaptation, possibilities, community, and finding home, my heart loves Sutton and Luis, and yours will too! My students will love that it’s told in dual perspectives with short (10 pages or less) chapters. It’s a must buy for your middle grade library. Publishes 4/14/20.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Harrison

    A Field Guide to Getting Lost is Joy McCullough’s debut middle-grade novel, but you’d never know that. Her writing is so comfortable and inviting, you’d think she’d spent years writing for this age group. There’s a natural cadence to her prose that lends to its authenticity. Sutton and Luis are as different as can be, but they are equally likeable. Sutton has a dogged determinedness that is endearing. I think most readers can easily commiserate with Luis. Everyone can imagine not being able to ea A Field Guide to Getting Lost is Joy McCullough’s debut middle-grade novel, but you’d never know that. Her writing is so comfortable and inviting, you’d think she’d spent years writing for this age group. There’s a natural cadence to her prose that lends to its authenticity. Sutton and Luis are as different as can be, but they are equally likeable. Sutton has a dogged determinedness that is endearing. I think most readers can easily commiserate with Luis. Everyone can imagine not being able to eat something they really like or being afraid of bees, even if they’re not allergic. What connects the Sutton and Luis is the under riding feeling of frustration each feels for their unique situations. Both are unhappy with their current situations and both know changes are coming. This universal feeling is not only real but relatable. I read A Field Guide to Getting Lost in about two uninterrupted hours. I look forward to reading more from this author!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Keisha | A Book Like You

    *I read this book with my middle grade library kiddos* I didn’t know what to expect going into this. My kids picked it out thinking it was an adventure/survival story. It ended up being more about how two kids learning to navigating their single parents dating. Luis’s father had passed away when he was a baby. Sutton’s parents are divorced, and her mom is off in Antarctica studying the migration patterns of emperor penguins. I think this is a great look into how some children might feel about the *I read this book with my middle grade library kiddos* I didn’t know what to expect going into this. My kids picked it out thinking it was an adventure/survival story. It ended up being more about how two kids learning to navigating their single parents dating. Luis’s father had passed away when he was a baby. Sutton’s parents are divorced, and her mom is off in Antarctica studying the migration patterns of emperor penguins. I think this is a great look into how some children might feel about these circumstances that are all too common in real life. I think much can be learned from this story. While it wasn’t something I would typically enjoy (I don’t usually go for contemporary), I think it holds great merit in children’s literature. I also rather enjoyed the Harry Potter references.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katra

    Possible future siblings with absolutely nothing in common other than a love for their parents. Joy McCullough painted two in-depth characters in Sutton and Louis that will resonate with children and adults. Their compulsive interests, relationships with friends and neighbors, physical and emotional challenges give resonating depth that will appeal to children and adults. Life isn't easy, even when you're doing your best and a bit more, but once these two learn to accept each others weakness and Possible future siblings with absolutely nothing in common other than a love for their parents. Joy McCullough painted two in-depth characters in Sutton and Louis that will resonate with children and adults. Their compulsive interests, relationships with friends and neighbors, physical and emotional challenges give resonating depth that will appeal to children and adults. Life isn't easy, even when you're doing your best and a bit more, but once these two learn to accept each others weakness and play off each other's strengths, doors open. This is an engaging story that could also be used for in depth discussions.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Claiborne

    I received an ARC from School Library Journal and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Sutton loves science, robots, and logic. Luis loves writing stories and is allergic to just about everything. Their parents are dating and things are getting serious, but how do Sutton and Luis learn to work together when they have nothing in common? A Field Guide to Getting Lost is such a sweet story. McCullough does a great job of giving Sutton and Luis unique voices. These are characters you truly I received an ARC from School Library Journal and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Sutton loves science, robots, and logic. Luis loves writing stories and is allergic to just about everything. Their parents are dating and things are getting serious, but how do Sutton and Luis learn to work together when they have nothing in common? A Field Guide to Getting Lost is such a sweet story. McCullough does a great job of giving Sutton and Luis unique voices. These are characters you truly root for and their growth is believable and appropriate. I can't wait to introduce my young readers to this duo!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway; I entered to get the book for my niece and nephew who are both around the age as the two main characters. The book seemed to have that brother-sister squabbling that is reminiscent of my niece and nephew even though the 2 characters aren't related...yet. I think the book would be a good example for them on how to set aside differences and get along especially as they get older. But with the pandemic raging on and the fact I'm having to shelter in place, I I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway; I entered to get the book for my niece and nephew who are both around the age as the two main characters. The book seemed to have that brother-sister squabbling that is reminiscent of my niece and nephew even though the 2 characters aren't related...yet. I think the book would be a good example for them on how to set aside differences and get along especially as they get older. But with the pandemic raging on and the fact I'm having to shelter in place, I haven't been able to see my niece & nephew to give them the book so once I'm able to and they read the book for themselves, I'll update the review with what they thought.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    It's fun to read adventure stories with a happy ending. That's what "A Field Guide to Getting Lost" boils down to. Sutton, a robot geeky 10 year old girl, and Luis, loves to write, and is allergic to peanuts, bees, are the main characters. Sutton's father and Luis' mother are dating which suddenly throws their children together. And the adventures they have! Oh, so much fun. If your 8 and up child needs a wholesome adventure story, this is perfect. It features readers and STEM geeks, and so much It's fun to read adventure stories with a happy ending. That's what "A Field Guide to Getting Lost" boils down to. Sutton, a robot geeky 10 year old girl, and Luis, loves to write, and is allergic to peanuts, bees, are the main characters. Sutton's father and Luis' mother are dating which suddenly throws their children together. And the adventures they have! Oh, so much fun. If your 8 and up child needs a wholesome adventure story, this is perfect. It features readers and STEM geeks, and so much more. You'll want to share this book with all your friends. Thanks to the BookLoft of German Village (Columbus, OH) http://www.bookloft.com for an ARC to read and review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Thanks to School Library Journal for the ARC! Lackluster story about two social misfits who come together because of their dating parents. Cover art is charming but I found that the only good part about the book. Social commentary about girls in STEM fields wears thin when the female protagonist spends most of her time thinking about programming her robot. Contains divorced parents and homosexual relationship which is troubling, especially when the child of divorce is clearly affected by her pare Thanks to School Library Journal for the ARC! Lackluster story about two social misfits who come together because of their dating parents. Cover art is charming but I found that the only good part about the book. Social commentary about girls in STEM fields wears thin when the female protagonist spends most of her time thinking about programming her robot. Contains divorced parents and homosexual relationship which is troubling, especially when the child of divorce is clearly affected by her parents' relationship. Story needed to be thought out more before being published.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

    Sutton is a girl who codes and likes building robots. Luis has severe peanut and bee allergies and is a writer. Both of them tell their side of the story in their own voices. Sutton's dad is dating Luis's mom and they start getting the kids together as well. Sutton is a little socially awkward and seems to not like Luis, but we see through her thoughts she is dealing with her mom being gone for work and her parents divorce really take a toil on her. As the book progresses the characters develop Sutton is a girl who codes and likes building robots. Luis has severe peanut and bee allergies and is a writer. Both of them tell their side of the story in their own voices. Sutton's dad is dating Luis's mom and they start getting the kids together as well. Sutton is a little socially awkward and seems to not like Luis, but we see through her thoughts she is dealing with her mom being gone for work and her parents divorce really take a toil on her. As the book progresses the characters develop and change and learn from each other.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lewis

    Sutton is a scientific, tech-loving girl.Her parents are divorced, and her mom isn’t going to make it to her 11th birthday. Luis is a creative writer who happens to be allergic to every thing. His mom hovers over him waiting for the next catastrophe to strike. She lost her husband to cancer and isn’t going to lose Luis. What do they have in common? Sutton’s father and Luis’ mother have been dating and their lives are changing. Not to mention they have their own problems to solve. Thank you to the Sutton is a scientific, tech-loving girl.Her parents are divorced, and her mom isn’t going to make it to her 11th birthday. Luis is a creative writer who happens to be allergic to every thing. His mom hovers over him waiting for the next catastrophe to strike. She lost her husband to cancer and isn’t going to lose Luis. What do they have in common? Sutton’s father and Luis’ mother have been dating and their lives are changing. Not to mention they have their own problems to solve. Thank you to the author and publisher for providing #collabookation with an ARC of this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    Sutton is a brainy, introverted girl, with science on the brain. And Luis is a creative writer and lover of fantasy. When their parents start dating, they find themselves thrown together. Can they find common ground? Can they even hold a conversation? Then a hiking trip gone wrong leaves them lost in the woods. They must work together to make it back to the parking lot where they hope their parents will be waiting. There was a good assortment of characters, that seemed life-like. The plot moved Sutton is a brainy, introverted girl, with science on the brain. And Luis is a creative writer and lover of fantasy. When their parents start dating, they find themselves thrown together. Can they find common ground? Can they even hold a conversation? Then a hiking trip gone wrong leaves them lost in the woods. They must work together to make it back to the parking lot where they hope their parents will be waiting. There was a good assortment of characters, that seemed life-like. The plot moved along at a good pace. It would hold the interest of most tweens, male or female.

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