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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A girl with a passion for science and a boy who dreams of writing fantasy novels must figure out how to get along now that their parents are dating.

Sutton is having robot problems. Her mini-bot is supposed to be able to get through a maze in under a minute, but she must have gotten something wrong in the coding. Which is frustrating for a science-minded girl like Sutton
Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sutton and Luis meet when their parents start dating. They have nothing in common at all. Finding a way to get along or even maybe becoming friends (or step-siblings!) is a challenge. Sutton's mom is in Antarctica and is going to miss her 10th birthday and the robot she's working on. Luis is entirely different. Not sciencey at all. He writes stories about things he is afraid of (including dogs). They do begin to work together when they find themselves in a sticky situation. Funny, suspenseful, ...more
Jessica Lawson
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes, my full review is coming, but for now, just know that I LOVE this book for so many reasons. The VOICE, the HUMOR, the everyday DETAILS (the kind that make you feel like you're walking around a scene), THE CHARACTERS, and especially the HONESTY about some hard, hard topics that I know (from personal experience) are very hard to endure. Sutton and Luis are two very different kids whose parents have started dating. That's not just awkward--it's ...well, it's really hard--because both ...more
Sharon Roat
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kids are gonna love Luis and Sutton! (Adults will also love these kids... I did!) This book just feels good. I read an advance copy and can't wait for this story to be out in the world making the world a better place.
Kristin Crouch
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC with Collabookation.
Sutton loves robotics, lives with her dad while her mom is far away collecting data on penguins, and is homeschooled. Luis lives with his mom, loves writing adventure stories, and is allergic to everything.
Both protagonists are working through some things: Sutton's mom being away is getting to be a challenge. Sutton's dad is a wonderful caretaker, but having her mom away for her birthday is hard for her to digest.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been looking for more titles with blended families for the Library and this book fits the bill perfectly. A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a gently told story about two children who become friends after learning their parents are dating and ready to make their relationship more official. A Field Guide to Getting Lost is one of those wonderful stories full of diverse and relatable characters that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. Not only do we have families who have dealt with the ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Sutton lives with her father in an apartment in Seattle. She is homeschooled, loves robotics, and is happy with her neighbors and her life. She's not happy that her mother is living at the South Pole, and decides not to come to celebrate Sutton's tenth birthday because the emperor penguins she is studying have changed their habits. Luis lives with his mother, his Guatemalan father having died of cancer when he was two. He loves to write stories about brave
Kate Waggoner
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to #NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read a digital ARC of A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough. This middle grades contemporary novel will be released on April 14, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Sutton is almost 10 years old and lives with her father in an apartment in Seattle. Her mother is a scientist researching penguin migration in Antarctica, and Sutton has just learned that her mom won't be home for her 10th
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for sending me a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

A Field Guide To Getting Lost is a charming and humorous middle grade story about unlikely friends and navigating your way through lifes difficulties.

McCullough does a wonderful job of creating likable, realistic characters while tackling an ambitious range of subjects. I particularly enjoyed the little bits of humor throughout the story and how honestly McCullough
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

This is the author's debut middle grade book, but many will be familiar with her YA historical fiction novel in verse BLOOD WATER PAINT. In A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST, two kids (Sutton and Luis) are brought together because their parents are dating. Sutton loves science and robotics, and is struggling with the absence of her mom who is working in Antarctica. Luis is a writer who loves fantasies since his numerous allergies keep
Katie Reilley
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an early copy with our #bookexpedition group.

Suttons parents are divorced. She lives with her dad while her mom is in Antarctica, researching penguin migration. Shes a science-minded kid whos dealing with programming issues, both with her mini-bot and in her own life. Luis lives with his mom, having lost his dad to cancer years ago. While his creative writing is fantasy driven (Star Wars and Harry Potter are favorites), hes usually stuck in
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Possible future siblings with absolutely nothing in common other than a love for their parents. Joy McCullough painted two in-depth characters in Sutton and Louis that will resonate with children and adults. Their compulsive interests, relationships with friends and neighbors, physical and emotional challenges give resonating depth that will appeal to children and adults. Life isn't easy, even when you're doing your best and a bit more, but once these two learn to accept each others weakness and ...more
Jennifer Hill
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Sutton is a girl who codes and likes building robots. Luis has severe peanut and bee allergies and is a writer. Both of them tell their side of the story in their own voices. Sutton's dad is dating Luis's mom and they start getting the kids together as well. Sutton is a little socially awkward and seems to not like Luis, but we see through her thoughts she is dealing with her mom being gone for work and her parents divorce really take a toil on her. As the book progresses the characters develop ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thanks to School Library Journal for the ARC!
Lackluster story about two social misfits who come together because of their dating parents. Cover art is charming but I found that the only good part about the book. Social commentary about girls in STEM fields wears thin when the female protagonist spends most of her time thinking about programming her robot. Contains divorced parents and homosexual relationship which is troubling, especially when the child of divorce is clearly affected by her
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this lower middle-grade novel. I enjoyed the dual points of view, Sutton and Luis. The characters were realistic for the most part (Sutton seemed older than nine going on ten). The dynamics between the children and their respective parents was realistic. The book is well-written with both funny and heartfelt moments. This is a good choice for children just getting into middle-grade fiction who want a bit of drama but not too much. #Netgalley
Cassie Reynolds
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you author and publisher for sharing a copy with #Collabookation.

Sutton and Luis couldnt be more different from each other navigating under single parent life. So different, yet both so lovable. I love how the chapters alternate between Sutton and Luis' perspectives to add an additional dimension to their back story. I love the voice, the humor, and just overall honesty and realism of this story. This was such a fun and easy read. These two kids are totally an inspiration, and I cannot
Joanna Szabo
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious, sweet, fun, and emotionally complex journey from beginning to end. Sutton and Luis are absolute gems, and the supporting cast is full of love and humor as well. I hope Joy McCullough continues to write middle grade for a long time.
Shanna Rogers
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! Sutton and Luis are unforgettable characters, so different from each other, but each so lovable in their own ways. Joy is a master heartstring-tugger. I want more adventures of Luis and Sutton!
Alexandra Alessandri
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodnesswhat a sweet and heartwarming read!! I read an ARC with my twelve-year-old son and we were both hooked from the start, laughing and awwing along the way. Sutton and Luis are characters that kids will connect with and parents will want to reach in and hug. ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My kids are going to love this book when it comes out.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of A Field Guide to Getting Lost from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

TOO CUTE! This was a very short but also very heartwarming novel. Two very different children learn to get along for the sake of others. These characters were very believable and their interactions extremely realistic. My only wish is that the book had been longer!

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Thanks to Netgally and the publisher for letting me read an advance copy! I will definitely recommend, and purchase a copy of this book for my elementary students. Sutton and Luis are great characters who really come live in this story. It is a wonderful book about unlikely friends and finding your way.
Feb 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I just won an ARC of this book in a giveaway posted by SimonTEEN. I can't wait for it to arrive and start reading this! Thank you so much for this book!
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is about families, possibilities, and new beginnings. Sutton and her dad are family. Mom is in Antarctica studying penguins and, much to Suttons disappointment, will miss her birthday. Sutton is also upset by a tiny robot who wont co-operate and navigate a maze. Now she is going on outings with Elizabeth and her son Luis. Suttons dad desperately wants these adventures to work but Sutton is having difficulties with fantasy loving, allergy driven Luis. When one of the outings planned by ...more
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