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Summer of Lost and Found

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Nell Dare expected to spend her summer vacation hanging out with her friends in New York City. That is, until her botanist mom dragged her all the way to Roanoke Island for a research trip. To make matters worse, her father suddenly and mysteriously leaves town, leaving no explanation or clues as to where he went—or why.

While Nell misses the city—and her dad—a ton, it does
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
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Rebecca Behrens Good question! I don't think Nell ever shares her age in the book, but I picture her as being about twelve. Thanks!

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May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I started reading Summer of Lost and Found hoping to find a book to recommend to my elementary age students. We talk a lot about books and often make recommendations to each other, so I'm always on the look out for new books to share.

Summer of Lost and Found is an interesting story that many of my students would enjoy. The main character, Nell, faces real-life experiences that many children can relate to, including difficulties with friends and family and first crushes. Not to mention she's
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book, and it is wonderful! I can't wait for the rest of the world to meet Nell and get caught up in the mysteries of Roanoke.
Nell's dad leaves abruptly leaving Nell to spend the summer with her mom on Roanoke Island researching the mother vine, a grape vine believed to be the oldest cultivated plant. Nell is not thrilled to be leaving New York and her friend Jade and all their summer plans. However, Roanoke starts to grow on her especially once she meets cute boy Ambrose and learns more about the disappearance of the original colonists. Nell and Ambrose start investigating the disappearance together. Nell's summer isn ...more
Nancy Kotkin
I love the historical mystery of The Lost Colony, but this middle grade novel falls short for me in several aspects. The frenemy relationship between Nell and Lila seems forced, and their antagonism isn't based on anything solid. The twist with Ambrose is too obvious from the very beginning, even for this age group.

Most importantly, Nell's decision to steal, not once but twice, seems out of character with how she is portrayed most of the time. Given that her mother works in a museum, it's not cr
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
New Yorker, Nell Dare, is ready for a summer in the city with her BFF, but her parents squash that summer dream. Her dad has left suddenly and without explanation and her mom decides Nell will join her on her botany trip in NC. Once on Roanoke Island, Nell becomes enthralled with the mystery and history surrounding the Lost Colony of Roanoke. When she meets a young historical reenactor, Ambrose, the two set out to discover just what happened to the Lost Colony...but is someone or something out t ...more
This was cute...I guess. I picked this up from the library because I was still reeling from how much I loved Furthermore and I wanted another book that was just as fun and lighthearted, but I guess the universe wanted me to adore Furthermore even more (do you see what I did there? Furthermore, more. Yes, this is the quality humor I find entertaining), because Summer of Lost and Found was kind of a monotone blur.

I've been really spoiled lately with some great books. And this did pale in compar
Ms. Yingling
ARC from Baker and Taylor.

I like this author's When Audrey Met Alice, but this was an odd mix of middle grade whining about parents/change of summer plans and history. The main character has my daughter's name, Nell, so I really wanted to like it, and there were great descriptions of place, but I just don't see my readers picking it up.
Laura Pisano
This book was pretty god if you like mysteries then read this!
Sarai Davila
Although I think this book had some issues, I enjoyed this unique and hopeful take on Roanoke and the mystery. I will say, the cover is a little misleading. It's a tiny bit spooky, and not really cheerful for the most part. Although the island is lovely, the very smiley girl and the brightness of the illustration don't really tell the full story.

Behrens spins the eerie tale of the lost Roanoke colony into a fun and sweet, yet still mildly spooky, story about a girl on an island excursion with h
Valerie McEnroe
Adult rating: 4 stars
Kid rating: 4 stars

I'm sure I have a bias with this book, because I grew up vacationing on the Outer Banks and had parents with the good sense to take me to The Lost Colony outdoor theatrical performance. Needless to say, I've always been fascinated with the unknown fate of the first colony.

Nell's mother is a botanist who wants to study the grandmother vine, a grape variety thought to be brought over from England with the first settlers. It's located on a piece of property
Nell had her whole summer in NYC with her best friend planned, until she comes home one day and her father's toothbrush is missing. Then her mother announces that her father has gone on a writing trip, and Nell has to come with her down to Roanoke Island for the summer, as she (the mother) investigates an ancient grape vine. Neither parent will tell Nell what's really going on. Roanoke turns out to be a lovely place, at least, and Nell learns about the missing colony mystery from an obnoxious gi ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this middle reader novel! It was full of quirky characters, mystery, adventure, history, an itty bitty touch of young love, and some real world drama. The story completely drew me in and kept me engaged.

My only beef with the story is the same one I have with many, many middle reader, YA fiction, Disney TV, etc... kids who are sneakily running amok without their parents' knowledge. I understand that parents' logic and wisdom and intervention would ruin most adventurous stories an
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

The Summer of Lost and Found was a great book club book for us this year. It sparked a lot of conversation, the making of theories, and sometimes leaves us on suspenseful moments that we wished that we could've read on. This book was about how Nell went on a last-minute excursion with her mom to Roanoke Island instead of hanging out with her friends in New York. Also, her father suddenly and mysteriously leaves Nell and her mom. However, when she arrives in Roanoke Island, she mee
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, I was completely mind blown at how awesome it was! From the cover, I would’ve thought it was like a cliche middle school girl summer vacation book. But oh boy was I wrong! This book is a mystery about a girl named Nell. Her parents are divorced, and she moved to a tropical island for the summer. There, she discovers a mystery that she can’t pass up. It’s action packed, mysterious, and so much fun! The author describes an incredible story about a girl going through things t ...more
Rachael Sharon-Gupta
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Im not gonna type something really long here because no one wants to read that. I found it an interesting quick read even though it didn't have that much content. It was cute and I recommend anyone who doesnt mind reading a light hearted book like this. SOOOOOO yeah thats what i thought about it. The rest is up to you.
Candy Glade
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I loved the writing style and the smartness of the young characters. Their interest in history intrigued me because I love the area where our country began. I learned a lot about Roanoke island and the lost colony. It made me want to do more research into the subject and make another visit to the Virginia-North Carolina area. Also, there was a delightful twist and characters who grew to value friendships that don't always begin perfectly.
Nancy McConnell
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun light summer read for middle graders. Nell ends up on Roanoke island for the summer and soon gets swept up in the excitement of finding the lost colony. I liked Nell, she was a feisty fun character. Some of the surprises felt a bit transparent as an adult but they might go over the heads of kids. Even so, it did not spoil the read.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Deb Aronson
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved that the main character's mom is a botanist and how they wove some very interesting history into the story. And that the character's relationship with her parents was pretty believable and not overly dramatic, which I often find kind of hard to buy into.....
Janelle Ebersole
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book that incorporates parts of history.
Maddie B
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book started out very good, but then torwards the end, there was a big plot twisted that surprised me a lot.
Kimberley Moran
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book for its historical interest. I also thought the author remained very true to Nell's age and thinking. Great for grades 3-6..
Gator Book
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much because it has a twist on the lost colony. You have to read this if you like a mystery.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Disappointing. Especially hated the self-consciously "old timey" speech- and the interspersing of the diary before it was even found.
Suhaani Mehta
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an amazing book full of terror, memories, courage, and adventure.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, mystery, summer-2017
Historical fiction - Roanoke
Fantasy - ghosts
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, educational and ghostly good times!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining! Loved the historical aspect - especially since we had just visited the Roanoke Island area.
Alyssa Nelson
*I was provided a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Historical fiction was one of my very favorite subjects when I was about 10 — around the age group this book is written for, actually. So, I occasionally like to break up my adult reading with some children’s/middle grade reading just to make things interesting. What really drew me to this book was the fact that it had something to do with Roanoke, which is a fascinating topic.

There is
Cindy Hudson
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nell’s summer is all planned out to spend at a tennis camp with her best friend. But then her dad goes away and she has to leave for North Carolina, where her botanist mother has a temporary research job. While Nell worries that her parents may be about to separate, she gets drawn into a centuries old mystery about what happened to the Lost Colony on Roanoke. Together with Ambrose, a strange boy she believes is a historical re-enactor, she searches for clues the colonists may have left behind.

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Rebecca Behrens is the author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE, SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND, and THE LAST GRAND ADVENTURE. Her next release, THE DISASTER DAYS (10/1/2019), is a thrillingly realistic survival story. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in Ne ...more