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The Lost Children

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Josephine Russing owns 387 pairs of gloves. She's given a new pair every week by her father, a sullen man known best for his insistence that the citizens in town wear gloves at all times.

A world away, the children of Gulm have been taken. No one knows where they might be, except the mysterious and terrifying leader of the land: The Master. He rules with an iron fist, usi
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Aladdin (first published January 15th 2010)
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Feb 26, 2013 Chloe rated it it was amazing
I WANT TO GIVE IT LIKE 20 MILLION STARS!!!!! Please write another!!!!!
Bridget R. Wilson
Twelve-year-old Josephine Russing has accepted certain circumstances in her life. She must always wear gloves. (It's a law!) Her father ignores her. She doesn't have any friends. But that all changes one day with the arrival of a mute boy called Fargus. When searching for him, Josephine finds herself transported into a parallel universe where children are scarce and everyone fears the "Master." With Fargus and his friend Ida by her side, Josephine intends to solve the mystery of the "Master" and ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Why I read this: It looked like a fun time-travel middle grade fiction, so I thought I'd give it a read. :)

Plot: I have to say, I really like time-travel plots, especially in children's novels. You get the best of both worlds, adventure and usually some glances into different cultures. This plot had some great adventure, some very cool worlds to explore, and a bad guy that I would have never thought up in a million years.

Characters: I'm going to start with the bad guy on this one. Definitely an
Aug 04, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
One of the more confused plots I've ever read. The setting could do with some grounding, and the confusion isn't helped by the fact that the back blurb is wrong. Gulm is a town, not a world. Who even knows what's going on with the world setting. Is this an alternate world? For sure? Why don't we know for sure right from the get-go? Since we have no basis for what's "normal" in the book, we don't even necessarily know what's abnormal. Which is something we need, since that would build suspense, l ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Coral rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this is one of my favorite books of all time. It is filled with adventure, friendship, and a little humor. There was not a single page where I became bored or ever wanted to put the book down. If you start reading this, you have to read the entire thing because the ending is priceless! I highly recommend this book. It is the perfect length and is one of my favorite genres. 5 stars all the way!
Brianna Cronyn
Currently, I am on page one hundred. There are many scenarios where I completely relate to Josephine Russing. In the beginning, she talks about how she is picked on for her dad making the law that they all always have to wear gloves. Giving that I am roughly her age and many people who are reading this novel probably are, I'm sure it isn't just me who could relate to being embarrassed by people you are affiliated with. One thing I appreciate about young Josephine is how she is sad but she can st ...more
Julia Drake
Feb 10, 2010 Julia Drake rated it it was amazing
From the first page The Lost Children takes you into a world, so rich with texture, emotion, and suspense, you never want to leave. I'm so glad that there will be a sequel.
Sep 23, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this book was a fun read. I liked the characters and story. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating was because I still had a few questions and they didn't get answered at the end.
Gecy O.
Apr 19, 2014 Gecy O. rated it it was amazing
I have read this book twice. The first time was when I first brought it, and a second time a few years later to fully understand the story. It was very magical, and it had a few plot twists. I loved this book, and I suggest you read this is you love fantasy/magical books! 5 stars from me!
Apr 12, 2014 Noemi rated it it was amazing
This book is a good inspiration for us kids to start reading. When I saw this book,I had started reading it and I had told myself that this is one of the best books that I had ever read. I like the plot and the dialogue because it gives lots of details and I am able to understand what is going on in the story.
Megan K
Mar 30, 2010 Megan K rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The characters are vibrant, and Cohagan transports you along with them for a journey through a mysterious and fascinating world full of creatures and stories you'd never imagine. It was hard to put this book down, and I looked forward to the next time I would get the chance to pick it up again. When it came to that sad time when a book is nearing its end, I was pleased to find that it had a beautiful ending, with a heartfelt and meaningful message. Brilliant and a m ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Cat8 rated it it was amazing
I read this in like 5th or 6th grade and it is still my favorite book. I love it so much. If I had to read 1 book over and over again, it would be this one. I hope you give it a read, yes you, the person reading this right now.
Savannah S.
Oct 22, 2014 Savannah S. rated it really liked it
A girl named Josephine is forced to live by her fathers laws. Yes laws. Everyone in town must wear gloves. Every week she is given a new pair of gloves by her father. He's a cold-hearted man who barely even makes the effort to make sure Josephine is alive. Then one day before her father came home a boy named Fargus is found in her yard. But there's a difficulty, he can't talk. Or just doesn't. Not one single word ever. Josephine is determined to find this boy once more so she follows him into he ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Victory rated it it was amazing
this is my favorite book I ever read.
It's kind of twisted but the story about Josephine's father gets untangled and it really makes sense better.
I couldn't stop reading this book!!
It was one of my candidate for MCBA voting!!
If you didn't read it, I think you should!
Or else, I'm pretty sure you'll regret it!
Jan 02, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this book before it is officially published and I can't wait for it to arrive in bookstores. It is beautifully written and just as captivating for adults with a love of a great story as it is children. Carolyn Cohagan is a wonderful writer and I can't wait to read more from her, especially more about Josephine, Ida and Fargus.
Emily Klein
Jan 02, 2010 Emily Klein rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this and it was such a delicious pleasure! It brought me back to those late childhood/early adolescent kind of reads - Madeleine L'Engle, CS Lewis, etc. I felt completely immersed in her world. I wanted to hang out with her characters and keep hanging out with them when the book ended. A magical first novel.
Jun 12, 2015 LobsterQuadrille rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, children's lit fans, fans of "Coraline"
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Rebekah Apel
Nov 19, 2015 Rebekah Apel rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-project
Josephine Russing is twelve years old and lives with her father. Every one dislikes Josephine because of her father. This is because one day he and the mayor placed a bet, each betting tons of money. When Josephine's father wins, the mayor doesn't want to pay the money, so he makes a deal that he can pass any law he wants. Josephine's father own a glove factory, so her father passes the law that everyone must wear gloves. One day while her father is away at work a small boy with a suitcase comes ...more
Emily Fedewa
Mar 05, 2015 Emily Fedewa rated it it was amazing
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Jan 17, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Josephine owns 387 pairs of gloves, all given by her sullen, silent father, known for making all the citizens wear gloves at all times. A world away, the children of Gulm have gone missing, and nobody knows where they could have gone except the terrifying ruler of the land: the Master, who enforces his rule with two terrible beasts called the Brothers. When a mysterious boy named Fargus shows up on Josephine's lawn and then disappears, she goes after him without a second thought and finds hersel ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Linn rated it liked it
My 4th graders loved this, but I thought it was only okay. It's hard to say why I don't love it like they did. There's good adventure, but maybe not enough character development for my tastes.
Pamela Powell
A great premise and most of the book was fantastic.... However, the ending left me rather confused and disappointed. It felt too rushed and contrived. I enjoyed most of the story very much.
May 29, 2013 Winterlyn rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book to pieces. It about a girl named Josephine who find her way her a portal to another land and she and two friends she made back home. BTW twist ending
Mar 23, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
This was a strange book. I was drawn to it but not sure that I liked it. It's a dark story but not scary. The language is appropriate which I liked. I would have given 2.5 stars if it were possible. I will say the end did catch me by surprise. I will have to think on this one. I might even go back and read it again someday.
After writing this I looked over what others had said about it. One review captured part of what I think bothered me most about this book. We are never really sure what Gulm
May 30, 2013 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! It was so fun to read and I LOVE the twist at the end
Dec 10, 2011 Josh rated it it was amazing
The part in the country put me in a really good mood.
Liz Taylor
Feb 27, 2013 Liz Taylor rated it liked it
Pretty good - read this with my daughter.
May 25, 2012 Faith rated it really liked it
Loved the detail! :)
"I was fairly certain The Lost Children, the debut novel by Carolyn Cohagan, was going to have the charming ridiculousness that I enjoy in a Children’s book—well, actually any book. I was right. To my continual delight there are plenty of strange quirks to keep me transported.

"The Lost children is an engaging story that is wonderfully imaginative, decisively original. The 313 pages are light and easy to turn. And the voice begs a read-aloud, even if the reader is alone in a room. There is a lot
Rachael P.
Nov 15, 2012 Rachael P. rated it it was amazing
The Lost Children
Carolyn Cohagen
320 pages

In this book there is this little girl named Josephine Russing and she is considered a "nobody" in her school. She and her dad are not liked in the town they live in because her dad made a law that you always have to be wearing gloves. Nobody knew why he made this law but nobody liked it so they took it out on Josephine at school. So one day she comes home while her dad is at work and finds a little boy in her yard. She invites him in and gives him
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Carolyn Cohagan began her writing career on the stage. She has performed stand-up and one-woman shows at festivals around the world from Adelaide to Edinburgh. Her first novel, THE LOST CHILDREN, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, became part of the Scholastic Book Club in 2011, and was nominated for a Massachusetts Children's Book Award in 2014. She recently moved back to her hometown ...more
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