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Lost

By: Jacqueline Davies

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.

ISBN: 9780761455356

JLG Release: Jun 2009


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: 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

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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)

Horn Book

Sixteen-year-old Triangle Shirtwaist Factory worker Essie befriends mysterious Harriet Abbott. Harriet helps Essie come to grips with her sister's death, but their bond is strained when Harriet's past is revealed. Davies's use of flashbacks keeps readers on edge, while her incorporation of historical facts firmly roots the story in its era. An auth Sixteen-year-old Triangle Shirtwaist Factory worker Essie befriends mysterious Harriet Abbott. Harriet helps Essie come to grips with her sister's death, but their bond is strained when Harriet's past is revealed. Davies's use of flashbacks keeps readers on edge, while her incorporation of historical facts firmly roots the story in its era. An author's note tells more about events that inspired the tale.

Junior Library Guild

Jacqueline Davies’s Lost is a beautifully crafted exploration of loss, family, and the ways that grief can bring strangers together or push loved ones apart. The story introduces sixteen-year-old factory worker Essie Rosenfeld just after the death of her younger sister, Zelda, whom Essie treated as if she were her own daughter. Essie is so Jacqueline Davies’s Lost is a beautifully crafted exploration of loss, family, and the ways that grief can bring strangers together or push loved ones apart. The story introduces sixteen-year-old factory worker Essie Rosenfeld just after the death of her younger sister, Zelda, whom Essie treated as if she were her own daughter. Essie is so crazed with grief that she constructs an elaborate fantasy in which Zelda isn’t gone, but is hidden from Essie by their mother. The new girl at work, Harriet, carries a mysterious sadness of her own that she claims is caused by her husband’s recent death. Essie is suspicious but can’t question Harriet without inviting a few questions about herself—and answering them would force her to admit the thing she can’t face. The push and pull of their relationship reveals the layers and depths of misery and pain both women feel.

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.

Book Details

ISBN

9780761455356

First Release

June 2009

Genre

Historical fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.4; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.7; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 680L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Marshall Cavendish

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

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,

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