Sixteen-year-old Essie Rosenfeld of Delancey Street is working at the Triangle Waist Company when she meets the newest employee, Harriet Abbott, a seemingly well-educated, upper-crust young woman with a big secret. Essie, harboring a few secrets of her own, is drawn to the mysterious new girl, but their friendship will be tested as both go to great lengths to conceal the painful truth about themselves-and as a series of disasters tests Essie's fortitude and compassion. A 2010 Sydney Taylor Honor Book.
JLG Release: Jun 2009
Awards & Honors
2010 Sydney Taylor Honor Book, Teen Readers; ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Junior Library Guild
The language in Lost is both straightforward and painfully candid: “I heard about a man once who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge because his wife had died, and when he hit the water, it ripped the clothes right off him,” Essie recalls at one point. “Grief is like that. You smash up against it, and it rips all the outer parts of you away. You’re left naked in front of everybody.” Davies’s ability to interweave disparate historical events and two narratives of loss (Essie’s and Harriet’s) is a testament to her strong storytelling talent. The novel moves forward and backward in time but never loses its steady pace, which is a slow, absorbing march toward its inevitable climax, the Triangle Waist Company fire, in which Essie and Harriet’s lives are changed forever.
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 4.4; Points: 8;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 3.7; Points: 15;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language
Childbirth, The garment industry, Being lost, Friends, Sisters, Hatmaking, Poverty, Names, Attraction, Grief, Mental disorders, Spoiled children, Secrets, Menstruation, The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, Troubled youth, Reading, Libraries, Pianos, Explosions, Writing, Gender roles, Disappearances, Recipes, Magic acts, Arrests, Bail, First day of work, Threats, First kisses, Free will, Disobeying rules, Pregnancy, Denial, Fire, Panic, Being trapped, Confronting the truth, Hospitals, Angels, Forgiveness, Running a shop, Fatalism, Choices,