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Lost in the Sun

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  3,253 Ratings  ·  597 Reviews
Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can't get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Philomel Books
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Lisa Graff is another favorite author, and this book is yet another reason why. I put so many post-it notes in this book, you can barely see the book - each post-it marks lovely language I couldn't bear to forget. Even with that, I am going to need to reread this to savor it yet again.
A great middle grade chapter book that both broke my heart and lifted my spirits and soul. A must read!
Elisa B
Oct 10, 2016 Elisa B rated it really liked it
The book Lost in the Sun is about a sixth grader named Trent. Lost in the Sun is a sad heartening story but very sweet. This boy, Trent, lives in a small town where everyone who lives in town knows each other's faces and names. With parents that are divorced and two brothers, life for Trent is already hard. It was a cold day and Trent's brother had just ran inside the house yelling that the hockey team needed another player out on the ice. Trent put on his hockey shoes and ran outside on the ice ...more
Maria Caplin
Jan 03, 2015 Maria Caplin rated it it was amazing
This book caught me off guard I wasn't sure what to expect with a woven plot around a freak accident in fifth grade. The characters are unique with their own quiet strengths and unique idiosyncrasies. Trent's two teachers although quiet really captured my heart and taught me an important less. Beautifully written.
Aug 21, 2015 Beverly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 12-14
Recommended to Beverly by: indie next list/
I was conflicted while reading Lost in the Sun. The writing is so beautiful and compelling, but the adult characters are so flawed, I was angry from the first page through the last. Protagonist, Trent, is consumed by guilt over his part in a tragic accident. His personality has changed, he has abandoned his friends, has violent outbursts and is flunking, yet none of the adults in his life get him the help he obviously needs. His parents and teachers all seem to think telling him it was not his ...more
Paul Reed
Jul 11, 2015 Paul Reed rated it really liked it
I liked the short paragraphs sometimes, like "My hamburger" and "Well."
Dov Zeller
Nov 18, 2015 Dov Zeller rated it liked it
Twelve year old Trent loves sports and most of his social world revolves around playing and watching them. But when he mistakenly sort of kills a kid with a hockey puck (freak accident with hockey puck causes death of player due to pre-existing health-conditions), Trent feels responsible, isolated and freaked out. He can't handle playing sports after it happens, but he doesn't really have other ways of connecting with his peers.

Enter Fallon, with her feisty attitude, quirky outfits, movie obses
Sep 20, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that managed to capture my full attention in quite a while. Graff's characters navigate the adolescent quicksand of friendship, family, and tragedy in surprising ways that are both original and believable. This is a must-read for my tween book group.
Ms. Yingling
I have to say that I was prepared to HATE this book. Dealing with grief? Not another one. (Eyes roll entirely back into head.) I was not a fan of Absolutely Almost, mostly because of the nanny (although apparently people have them on the East coast), and A Tangle of Knots was just...weird. The print was smaller than my students like. And, ugh, right there on the cover, it says "Author of the National Book Award Nominee".

But I was wrong. This was a good book, with an authentic, middle grade voice
Nov 10, 2015 J.C. rated it it was ok
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Audrey Laurey
Jul 23, 2015 Audrey Laurey rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, though a bit of a slow build at first. Trent is a 12yo who was playing hockey at a pick up game when he accidentally hits a kid with a heart defect with a puck which kills him instantaneously. Heavy stuff! This book is about dealing with guilt and not only being honest and vulnerable with others, but also yourself.

The character development is what makes it so fabulous, and Trent's growth and honesty broke my heart and brought it back times over. Loved the complexities of the fa
Dec 17, 2015 Genevieve rated it really liked it
4.5 As a parent, my heart was breaking for this kid all while wanting to shake him. He's angry and he's acting stupid and it's so very true. 5th-8th
A beautiful companion to Umbrella Summer, my favorite Lisa Graff book.
Sep 20, 2016 Tessa rated it it was amazing
The book Lost in the Sun, by Lisa Graff, is an emotional roller coaster that keeps you flipping the pages time and time again. This book really focuses on middle scholars and many of the social injustices they face. Also, it explains through many different situations how everyone deserves a second chance. The author paints a vivid picture of how emotion truly feels and how life is like a puzzle, you need to keep putting the pieces together even if they're still breaking. This book is no utopia, ...more
The Styling Librarian
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff – Realistic Fiction – 4th grade and up – darn that Lisa Graff for writing another fantastic novel that made me weep.

Book Talk: Could you get over accidentally killing someone? Would you need to talk with people about the situation? What if you had noone to talk to? Would you stay friends with someone who exploded violently when they think something is unfair? Do you think people deserve a second chance? These many questions can be thought about as you read Trent’s e
Abby Johnson
Apr 09, 2015 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
Oh man, this book. Okay, so first of all, I did read Umbrella Summer but so long ago that I didn't not really recall it or connect it with this book. So, it might be a good idea to go ahead and refresh yourself on that one first.

I liked this book. I wanted to find out what happened and if Trent was ever able to deal with his guilt and how that would unfold. But I guess I just found it so crushingly heavy that it was a little hard for me to get through. Like, to me, Trent's misery was so total t
Chock full of thoughtful, well-developed characters, Graff latest book explores both physical and emotional scars. The book’s central character, Trent, is a sixth grader trying to deal with the aftermath of a tragic hockey accident, in which a young player was fatally injured. Full of anger, guilt, and self-loathing, Trent seems determined to isolate himself from everyone who cares for him, so it seems impossible that he should somehow develop a friendship with his unusual classmate, Fallon. ...more
Sam Young
Jan 23, 2016 Sam Young rated it it was amazing
this book is phenomenally good. It explores a boy named Trent's thoughts and life after by accidentally hitting a kid that has a heart defect with a hockey puck in the heart. Trent has this fire within him that rises up when people do mean or nasty things. If it gets to high he snaps. Trent has lost interest in playing sports but that doesn't stop him from being the most devoted dodger fan in town. [behind his mom of course] he meets this girl and becomes quick friends with her he can't help ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I loved Lisa Graff's A Tangle of Knots, so I was looking forward to reading another book by the same author. While this was a good story and the characters were likable (except for the Dad, who was a well-written villain), both were predictable. It didn't have the same magic (not literal magic, but magic in the writing, characters, and plot) as Tangle of Knots. However, I do think it was a useful reminder to me as a teacher and a soon-to-be parent that there is a always a reason why ...more
Kris Springer
Aug 09, 2015 Kris Springer rated it liked it
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Erin Sterling
For those upper elementary and middle school students who like sad books or kids dealing with issues. In this case, the main kid is having a rough time after a freak accident where a kid died. Then he meets Fallon, a girl with a huge scar on his face and their quirky, sweet friendship pulls them both out. I love how the friendship is portrayed. For fans of Wonder, Okay for Now, See You At Harry's, Fish in a Tree.
Jul 01, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-kid-fiction
She does it again with a great story about young people trying to find their place in this world. Loved it...
Apr 03, 2016 Alireza rated it it was amazing
Was on of the best books I have ever read his book was so good I finished it in one day it is about a boy who accidently killed another kid playing hockey and it is his life of getting a new friend.
Jan 11, 2015 Jasontes5th rated it it was amazing
Mesmerizing! This is writing at its' finest!
Emily O
Oct 25, 2016 Emily O added it
Shelves: second-9-weeks
Lost In The Sun is a heartbreaking but sweet story about a guy named Trent. His Hockey team an extra player on the ice, so they asked trent to go in and play. After a few minutes trent tries to score but hits another player in the chest. The player is rushed to the emergency room. Unfortunately the player already had heart problems and didn't make it threw the incident. Trent is almost 100% sure that everything is his fault. He lives in a small town where everone knows everyone, so that makes ma ...more
Alex Baugh
Sep 14, 2015 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
"You can't catch what you can't see." (pg 120)

Trent Zimmerman, 12, has been consumed with guilt and anger and convinced that everyone hates him ever since the accident in February. Now, the it's the start of the school year and he is beginning middle school, but his guilt and anger are becoming harder to contain.

The burden Trent is carrying inside himself is the accidental death of his friend Jared Richards during an ice hockey game, when the puck that Trent sent flying hit Jared in the chest,
Joshua Whiting
It is the end of the summer before 5th grade, and Trent is in a deep, angry funk stemming from a freak accident in a pick-up hockey game that left a neighborhood kid dead. He has removed himself from everything and everyone he loves (his family members, his former best friend, sports of all sorts, including his favorite, baseball.) The only thing he has left is the drawings in his notebook, and he doesn’t want anybody to see them because they are disturbing. But one tenacious kid, a girl with a ...more
May 28, 2015 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Trent can’t manage to move on from last year when a tragic accident ended with another boy dead. Trent lost not only all of his friends because of it but also finds himself unable to play the sports he loved, like baseball. At the same time, Trent is unable to control his anger, even if he puts his most disturbing thoughts down on paper in drawings. It helps a bit, but he continues to have problems getting angry at everything and everyone. It all just proves that he is entirely the messed up kid ...more
Hannah K
Sep 15, 2016 Hannah K rated it really liked it
Less than a year before the story begins, an event in Trent’s life significantly alters the way he sees himself and his potential. During a pick-up game of hockey, Trent accidentally hits the puck into a friend’s chest, causing a seemingly benign injury. When a previously unknown heart condition causes the friend to die a few days later, Trent blames himself. No one seems to realize that Trent is still carrying that burden many months later, and it is a weight that slowly begins to unravel him ...more
Lost in the Sun includes one of the most true-to-life kid characters that I have encountered in a novel in a long time. Trent, a sixth-grader who accidentally caused the death of a classmate in a hockey game seven months earlier, is so full of guilt that he lashes out in anger at everyone around him, especially his unforgiving dad who has remarried and is expecting a baby daughter, his former friends who he thinks blame him for the accident, and a few teachers at school. Fortunately, Trent ...more
I don't know how Lisa Graff has time to feel all the feelings she has to have felt in order to write these emotionally devastating books.

Like "Absolutely Almost," this book deals with some very heavy concepts. If you accidentally kill a kid with a hockey puck, doesn't that make you a bad person? If everyone thinks you're a bad person, why shouldn't you lower your standards of behavior to meet their expectations? Don't you deserve to feel bad about it forever?

I think the aspect of this story that
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Lisa Graff is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as Lost in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, Double Dog Dare, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, The Thing About Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. Originally from California, she lived for many years in New York City and now makes her home just ...more
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