Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Lost in the Sun” as Want to Read:
Lost in the Sun
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Lost in the Sun

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,826 ratings  ·  940 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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.06  · 
Rating details
 ·  6,826 ratings  ·  940 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Lost in the Sun
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
Sep 12, 2016 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
Dec 28, 2014 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. ...more
Jun 26, 2015 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 f ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
Paul Reed
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the short paragraphs sometimes, like "My hamburger" and "Well." ...more
Dov Zeller
Nov 18, 2015 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
Dec 13, 2014 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. ...more
Emily O
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
Wendi Lee
I wanted to love this book more than I actually did.

Trent is just going into middle school, and still reeling from a freak accident that he feels responsible for. He can no longer participate in the activities that used to make him happy (sports, hanging with his old friends), and instead is lashing out at everyone around him. He thoroughly expects to hate Fallon, but instead there is something about her that makes him feel ... more like himself again.

There are a lot of heavy themes in this bo
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
Tena Edlin
I wavered between three and four stars with this book. I finally went with three... it's my "I liked it" rating. I didn't love the end because it wrapped up too neatly in some areas and left me hanging where I really wanted an answer. Plus, throughout the entire book, I had that "pit in my stomach" feeling. I ached for Trent. He reminded me of so many kids whose anger keeps digging their holes deeper and deeper. I feel helpless with students who won't accept help or advice to get through their h ...more
Jul 05, 2015 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 k ...more
Kris Springer
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Audrey Laurey
Jul 21, 2015 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
Natalie R.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Natalie by: Gardenia L
Lost In The Sun is about a boy named Trent. When he was in fifth grade he was playing hockey. When he hit the hockey puck it went flying through the air and hit a boy in the chest. He had a bad heart and died. Then middle school started. He thought it was going to be awfull. He met a girl named Fallon Little. She had a mysterious scar across her face. She helped him get through middle school. I really liked this book because it made me feel sad and very it was very interesting. If you liked the ...more
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. ...more
Gretchen Taylor
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
One worth losing sleep over - I could not put it down. Fantastic story and important read for me as a teacher to get into the mind of a kiddo who presents a lot of challenges. Beautiful story and character arcs
Noah Carpenter
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a really good book its starts off with a young boy Trent. Trent killed his buddy during hockey as his buddy took a hit in the face with a puck. Trent trys to forget about it and move on. Middle school could be his chance to start all over again.
A beautiful companion to Umbrella Summer, my favorite Lisa Graff book.
Dec 11, 2015 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 ...more
Cullen P
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-9-weeks
Lost in The Sun is a book about a kid named Trent Zimmerman. He was starting a hokey game when all of a sudden he hits a kid in the chest (Jared Richards). They realized that he had a bad heart so he ended up dying. He starts six grade and thinks it's going to be terrible, but it ended up with people staring and glaring at him. He loves to play baseball so he go's the park to play and he sees some kids already playing. The ball from the other players accidentally rolls over to him, so he takes ...more
Sep 18, 2016 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
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, audiobooks, children
4.5 Stars.

Despite a beginning I was a bit unsure of, this ended up being a thoroughly enjoyable, sweet book.

12-year-old Trent is the novel's protagonist, and his life is sort of a mess. He's about to enter Jr. High, isn't a huge fan of his father and pregnant step-mother, doesn't really have any friends, and....oh yeah, thinks he killed a classmate playing hockey the year prior because the boy died after being hit by a hockey puck launched by Trent. It doesn't matter that the boy who died had
Amy-Jo Conant
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book.

I screamed at the end of this book. Not figuratively, quite literally screamed in frustration! I'll add why in the spoiler section later.

This was a good book, I think, I'm still deciding. I think if the author had chosen a slightly different ending I would have at least added one more star.

If you like books with tortured souls then run out to the library or bookstore immediately and grab a copy. This is a very long, sad story. Trent, the main character, pre
Abby Johnson
Mar 31, 2015 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. Fal ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook-reads
Two words: Poor Trent. :(

Don't get me wrong--I liked this book, but I spent this whole book just feeling horrible for Trent--he went through this horrifying experience and NO ONE is helping him understand it or get through it. I'm not exaggerating. Less than a year ago Trent hit a hockey puck and accidentally caused the death of another kid. He apparently saw a counselor for a few months in elementary school, but that was it. Nobody talks to him about it, nobody asks him how he's doing. His pare
Sam Young
Jan 23, 2016 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 won ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
passage finder 2 7 May 03, 2019 07:48AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Seventh Most Important Thing
  • Goodbye Stranger
  • Fish in a Tree
  • The Honest Truth
  • The Truth About Twinkie Pie
  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
  • Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy, #2)
  • Checked
  • Ms. Bixby's Last Day
  • Counting Thyme
  • Save Me a Seat
  • Being Henry David
  • Posted
  • War Stories
  • A Handful of Stars
  • Braced
  • Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War
  • Some Kind of Courage
See similar books…
See top shelves…
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 o ...more

News & Interviews

Juneteenth, observed on June 19th each year, is an American holiday commemorating the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in Galveston,...
53 likes · 8 comments
“When you do choose to speak, she told me, speak truths.” 7 likes
“She stuck her tongue in her cheek, thinking.” 0 likes
More quotes…