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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Dallas's life was turned upside down the day her mum was killed in a traffic accident. Now she lives with her brothers, step-sister and her mum's partner Gemma in a too-small house filled with bickering and grief. As the end of primary school approaches, Dallas learns that the local library has run out of funding and will soon be closing. Dallas decides she cannot let anot ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 4th 2019 by Andersen Press
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Alice (Married To Books)
A strong 3.5 stars! I was part of the Bookstagram blog tour for this book.

Lost For Words is a middle-grade novel about eleven-year-old Dallas, whose mother sadly passes away leaving behind her and her younger siblings. She used to be a strong activist, so when Dallas finds out about the local library being marked for closure, she decides to create a campaign to save it. Getting her friends and siblings together to help isn't easy, especially when Dallas's aunt arrives from the US in the hope of
Oda Renate
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Strarted good and then it losts its pizzaz.
Joey Susan
Thank you to Penguin Random House Children’s for sending me an ebook review copy through Netgalley of Lost For WirdsWritten by Aoife Walsh.

This story was honestly beautiful, one of the main premises of the story was grief and dealing with loss. I love the way that it was handled and written, showcasing that everyone reacts, feels and grieves differently. I chocked up a couple times reading some of those scenes being in the mind of Dallas and her feelings.

The bigger part of the storyline was fol
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although this book is meant for a younger audience but works quite well for someone as old as me! The conversation style is a little choppy, which seemed a bit odd at first, but throughout the book, it turned out to be the main charm of the narration.

Dallas messes up in the very first page of the story, and the embarrassing event is but a dent in the chaos of her life. Her family structure was a little hazy at first until it was slowly explained by just dropping more hints about past events. She
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well that was really enjoyable.
A tale of growing up, change, grief and standing up for what's important.
Dallas is a likeable character; a bit impulsive, flawed, and yet very much an 11 year old. Was she based on someone? Her friends are proper friends, they fall out, argue but stick with each other, support each other and with each other when they need each other.
I loved it.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Review coming Tuesday!
Kirsty Stanley
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Although eleven year old Dallas takes on the council in her attempt to save the local library this is really a story about family. And Dallas’ family has been rocked by tragedy.

This story is told from Dallas’ point of view and through her we explore grief, challenging family dynamics, friendship and a dabbling in politics. From her very first school debate on Brexit 😂, to her clashes with the council, Dallas grows in confidence - but will it be enough?

This is a middle grade story but
Catherine Barter
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was really excited to read this, because I LOVED Too Close to Home - and it didn't disappoint, at all.

Where to start? This is such a beautiful story. It's about friendship, families, love, loss, and library closures. There are some big topics here but Aoife Walsh handles them all with such a light touch. Our main character, Dallas Kelly (how I wish my own name was Dallas Kelly, so cool), is brilliant and believable. She's mixed up but she's working stuff out, she stands up for things but she n
Louise / Daisy May Johnson
I have such a lot of time for what Aoife Walsh does, and so when I was offered a review copy of Lost For Words I leapt at the chance. Every now and then I still think about the messy wonderful loving and truthful families she writes (take a look at Too Close To Home for a lovely example of this) and so I couldn't wait to read her new title. So I did, and reader? It's lovely. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Dallas Kelly lives in chaotic circumstances; her family are dealing with a close bereavement, a com
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this powerful contemporary middle grade story about families and grief and saving libraries. The three main kids it revolves around are just fantastic. They are mischievous and fun, but also dealing with their own nonsense. In many ways Dallas is pretty self absorbed, thought I totally get why, but I love her little moments with Ruby and Aiza when they actually talk about stuff. And I ADORE their fights wi
Stephen Connor
There’s a lot going on in this one, largely focusing on the family of Dallas Kelly, an eleven-year-old girl whose time at primary school is coming to an end, and who is grieving for the loss of her mother. Her family features her mum’s partner, Gemma; brother Sam, who is giving up on his own studies as he cares for younger autistic brother Billy. Violet is in there too, and Aunt Jessi is over from America causing chaos.

Dallas is moved to campaign against the closure of her local library, mainly
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I was a bit gutted as I bought this for my year 5s, under the impression it was for older children, and there were several parts I wouldn’t really deem appropriate for them. That means it was bought just for my enjoyment and, to be honest, it wasn’t really worth it. Whilst it began quite witty and interesting, I got bored quickly and lost a bit of patience with the characters and storyline. I don’t really think it’s worth setting books in a primary school if they aren’t aimed at children still t ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good read which unfortunately took a while to grip me. The serious issues were sensitively handled, some with humour and some with knowledge and insight. The characters were treated as individuals with their own ways of coping with life,
The use of humour diluted the seriousness of some issues, but given the probable readers age this worked as an advantage.
Could work as a class read for 10 to 12 age group/
Hannah Middleton
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slightly idealised ending aside, this is a warm-hearted, funny & poignant family/friendship drama with lively, likeable characters. Touches on some serious themes but keeps the tone light. A delightfully quirky & enjoyable read. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK for this book. Although a children's book for ages 11+ I hugely enjoyed reading this lovely, funny and sensitively written story. Warm, relatable and very different from the usual children's books for this age group. I've just ordered a copy for my 12 year old daughter as I think she'll love it.
Monika Zbínová
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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📚 Jedenásťročná Dallas má okrem bežných školských starostí deciek v tomto veku jednu špeciálnu: idú zavrieť miestnu knižnicu a miesto nej postaviť luxusné byty. Miesto, ktoré odmalička milovala, sa jej spája aj s mamou, ktorá len nedávno tragicky zahynula práve po ceste z knižnice, a tak v sebe musí nájsť veľa odhodlania nielen za knižnicu zabojovať, ale najskôr do nej vstúpiť...
👩‍💻 Toto bola jedna z tých kníh, ktoré na mňa kývajú vždy, keď navštívim naše kníhkupko – jeho cudzojazyčnú sekciu som
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