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Lost and Found

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,576 ratings  ·  536 reviews
"Are you really a thief?"

That's the question that has haunted fourteen-year-old Ezekiel Blast all his life. But he's not a thief, he just has a talent for finding things. Not a superpower--a micropower. Because what good is finding lost bicycles and hair scrunchies, especially when you return them to their owners and everyone thinks you must have stolen them in the first p
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Hardcover, 281 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Blackstone Publishers
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Upping my rating to a solid 4 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Fourteen-year-old Ezekiel has a special power. Not a superpower; though, just a small power: he’s drawn to lost items — hair scrunchies, toys, and even bikes — combined with the innate knowledge of who the owners are and where to go to return the items, and a strong compulsion to return them. Unfortunately, this hasn’t worked out so well for Ezekiel: everyone thinks he stole the things and returned them for the attent
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Phrynne
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Some good bits, some just average.

* the characters were not especially likeable except for Ezekiel's dad, who was great!
* the dialogue was occasionally funny, sometimes snappy and smart, sometimes verging on infantile and not funny at all.
* the story was good and went in some interesting directions.
* there was too much internal monologue on various social issues.

Overall it was a readable book, somewhat entertaining, but I guess I expected more from this author.
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Toni
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya

A compelling read, written in a very simple and engaging way, the book touches upon some very dark topics, so I probably wouldn't recommend it to middle graders, but rather to slightly older teenagers. The protagonist Ezekiel is 14 years old, so perhaps this is the target age, although the story flows so easily that you might first think it was written for younger audience.
Ezekiel Bliss (or Ezekiel Blast as he keeps calling himself -names are important to him) is an outsider. In fact, other teen
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Carolyn
Fourteen year old Ezekiel Blast has a talent ('micropower') for finding lost things and being able to sense who lost them. However, returning lost things to their owners has got him labelled as a thief and by the time he got to high school he was shunned by everyone and had no friends. That is until Beth Sorenson, a very smart thirteen year old and fellow outcast as a result of her dwarfism, decides to walk with him to and from school starting an unusual friendship.

I'll be interested to see if Y
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Bradley
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2019-shelf
A very lite fare for non-discriminating YA readers. Sure, it reads fast with some interesting and likable characters, but there's nothing stand-out about this. Snark, check. Minor superpowers so minor that they're MircoPowers, like being able to find lost objects? Check. Murder, kidnapping, and fairly dark situations for a couple of new teens? Check.

What are we expecting, really? A YA version of that recent defunct tv show called The Finder. Or back it up to the rather huge quasi-genre of psychi
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Mary S. R.
3.5 STARS! Brilliant, and yet lacking.

“Look, Ezekiel Blast, the past is like gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe. When bad stuff first happens, it’s like when the gum is sticking to everything—the road, the sidewalk. And you can’t wear that shoe into the house because it will get all involved in the carpet and the bathroom rug, but when you try to scrape it off on the edge of the sidewalk or the edge of the porch, or you try to rub it off in the grass, it won’t come off. So you have to just
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Schizanthus Nerd
Ezekiel is almost 15 and in ninth grade at Downy High School. His usual mood is one of “resentful loneliness”. The other kids have actively avoided him since the fifth grade because they think he’s a thief, although he isn’t. He actually has a micropower, which enables him to find things that are lost and return them to their owner.
It was as if he had been born with this mission in life: to see that all lost things were returned.
Beth is almost 14 but is in tenth grade and declares she’s “sma
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Moonkiszt
Lost and Found

This was my first OSCard book, and I was captured from the very start. The tag line got me, even though it was listed as YA, and as I’m very OA, I don’t usually dip my toes in this pond much. I am so very glad I did!

Main protagonist Ezekiel isn’t comfortable in his own skin, world, and life. He’s got many good reasons, all of which give him plenty of justification for his crankiness. The short girl who steps up on the walk from and to school invading his bubble doesn’t help. . . .
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Krista
Rating: 3.5 curious stars rounded up to 4 stars

This was such an interesting book. Orson Scott Card took me on a really unique reading experience. This Young Adult book slotted, as in the Sci-Fi genre was not was I expecting to read at all. I was pleasantly surprised it get to know Ezekiel Bliss/Blast and most of the characters that surrounded him. Ninth grader, Ezekiel has a not a superpower, but a micropower that enables him to find lost things. He then feels compelled to try to find the owner
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Faith M ✨
I received this eARC from Blackstone Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change.

Obligatory Summary

Ezekiel Blast is a thief, or that’s what everyone thinks. Truth is, he’s a finder. It’s his micropower. He finds lost things and returns them, which has given him quite the reputation. Beth Sorenson, a proportionate little person, wants in on that rep
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Sherwood Smith
Sep 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy
I am nearly always a sucker for stories about teens with powers (except horror and zombies).

I've also always liked Card's super smart kids. And all the snark is here, as oddball Ezekiel Blast (he tends to rename people, including himself) deals with the fallout of his micro power, which is to always know where lost things are.

He finally makes a friend for the first time in his life. Beth is another really smart teen, hampered as she's a little person--at first glance she looks about eight years
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Jim
A 'minor' talent that's been nothing but trouble is slowly unlocked when Ezekiel makes a friend. What it teaches him about life is a well done story, almost a parable, but it's all set in our world. Such a fine, small twist & well worth the time to read. It gets a little preachy at times & I don't think it's really a YA book for all that the main characters are. Well narrated by Rudnicki whose voice made even the slow parts a pleasure to listen to. ...more
Dave
Not every science fiction involves an intergalactic space battle where all of humanity is saved from extinction. Lost and Found takes place in a much smaller scale universe. It involves two high school outcasts, who buddy up with some real snarky dialogue. One is too short for a high school student and no one ever lets her forget it. The other has a micropower ( you heard that correctly), which is the exact opposite of a superpower. A micro power is a talent or power that others don’t have, but ...more
The Nerd Daily
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Sarah C

From best-selling author Orson Scott Card comes Lost and Found, a touching and quirky novel. This story was a quick page turner about bizarre “supernatural” abilities, missing people, and it handles some real issues facing teenagers and families.

So back to those “supernatural” abilities. This book calls them “micropowers” as the abilities are too odd and useless to be deemed “superpowers”. Ezekiel Blast has such a power. His micropower me
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Snarktastic Sonja
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not in the mood for this book. I was hip deep in an ocean urban fantasy series and wanted to continue the trek when this book was recommended in a challenge. So. I was not in the mood for this book. It wasn't what I wanted to read. But, I picked it up anyway. I thought that I could at least read a couple chapters, read another urban fantasy, read another couple chapter, and so on and so forth until I finished this book for my challenge. Something happened along the way to enacting this pla ...more
Alison
Ezekiel Blast is a 14 year old boy with an unusual gift, he senses when objects are lost and returns them to their owners or to Lost and Found. Unfortunately other people, being cynical and suspicious, prefer to believe that Ezekiel is a thief (although why he feels the need to return things is never explained) and he has become a pariah, ostracised by his school-fellows and living a sad, solitary life with his father, the only one who believes him.

Then two extraordinary things happen to Ezekiel
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Pam's Shenanigans
I tried VERY HARD to like this book, mostly because 1) it was by Orson Scott Card and 2) I loved Ender's Game and had some pretty [unacceptable] high expectations before diving in. I knew, from reading the blurb, that it will be NOTHING like Ender's Game, but I still had high hopes. My bad.

I just really couldn't get into it. The first thing I noticed and was mainly the reason why I'm dropping this, was how the characters all sound alike and are all snarky, snotty, and, a lot of times, come off
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Davyne DeSye
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Orson Scott Card!

The protagonist is a fifteen-year-old boy, Ezekiel, so this book would be classified as Young Adult, but there’s plenty in here for grown-ups, too.

The book starts on a silly note, with Ezekiel attending Downy Soft High School, situated near the Haw Haw River, on the corner of Blynken and Nod streets… It doesn’t take long to figure out that these aren’t the real names of the school, river and streets, but what Ezekiel calls them in his mind, as he seems
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Eileen
A very solid 4.5 stars, which I will round up because I enjoyed it so much and had to force myself to stop halfway through so I could catch some sleep! I ended up finishing it on the plane at midnight with a satisfied sigh.

So why not a 5 star rating? I think it's because the mystery of the first girl seemed to be resolved a bit too quickly, and then it was fairly easy to predict how it would end for the second part. It didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story and yet, I wish it had been
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Heather
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book follows two characters who meet mysteriously. Our main character has a special ability not everyone knows about that can track down people in need. I felt like this book was very well written and it was enjoyable all the way around. The characters were written to where you could see they weren’t perfect and had a soft side and a strong side to them. The atmosphere of the book and the plot were very easy to follow. I’ve never read a book by this author before but, I feel like I picked t ...more
Queen Cronut
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2019, netgalley
I've never read Ender's Game (though I'd heard the hype and praise) or anything by Orson Scott Card so I was curious to see how good this one would turn out based on his sci-fi rep.

Fourteen-year-old Ezekiel Blast has a unique affinity to find and return lost items, a micropower both a curse and a blessing as he constantly gets labeled as a thief and liar since people assume he stole the items in the first place. However, a girl goes missing, Ezekiel must use his talent to find them while also t
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Dee/ bookworm
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Card is a very diverse writer and this book is no exception. I love the fun language with sarcasm that seems to follow the main character, but he is so funny and sincere. I like the relationship between father and son and how he interacts with Beth. I would defiantly recommend this book, unlike any other Card book I have read, but still fun and insightful and contains a range of emotions that you will experience while reading.

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Maxine
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fourteen-year Ezekial Blast has an unusual 'micropower' (a power that isn't quite super). He not only can find lost objects but, once found, he can locate the owner. Unfortunately, after being accused of stealing a bike he was trying to return, he is labeled a thief and has become an outcast at school. When an FBI agent approaches him to help locate a missing child, he is reluctant. However, when his new (and only) friend, Beth, who has a form of dwarfism that makes her appear much younger than ...more
The Bookish Austin
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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C.J. Milbrandt
Ezekiel has a knack that's only brought him trouble. He finds lost things. A useless "micropower." But then a police officer shows up at his door and asks for help in finding a lost child. Suspenseful.

Orson Scott Card has long been a favorite author. This story kept me riveted from start to finish. One of the best books I've read this year.
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Christy Torres
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting idea and cast of characters. An examination of grief, family, and friendship. Main character is 14 years old and that's a pretty good age for recommending this book. Younger than that and there is some content I'm not sure about, but that might just be me not wanting to expose readers to dark realities. I think the pace of the book was quick and I ripped through it. ...more
Ashley Marshall
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. It does involve kidnapping so it could be triggering for some. I liked Ezekiel and Beth as characters and their relationship. I also liked the small "super natural" powers but not being so far fetched. It was a quick read, and moved along fast too. I was not ever bored, or waiting for the story line to move along. ...more
Keith  Blodgett
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Though I found the first half to be better than the back half. The introduction of the players, wrapping my brain around microtalents (maybe we all DO have one). Just getting into the story. The dialog in some places seems a little too polished for teenagers, even exceptionally intelligent ones (I don't think anyone swore in this book!). At one point when Ezekiel is relaying a conversation to Beth he tells her what he would have said had he had a moment to think abou ...more
Mitchell
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've got a certain amount of ambivalence around this book, and for a number of reasons. As always there is my changed opinion of the author. But as for the book, the level of snark on this was oppressive. This was a dialogue heavy book and pretty much every line of dialogue was snark. At some point snark is no longer witty - perhaps when it is over 20%. And the micropowers especially that of finding what is lost felt like wish fulfillment. But the book was super readable and fast moving. The cha ...more
Elena Linville
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, meh, ya
Sometimes even authors we like disappoint us. Ender's Game is still close to the top of my list of favorite scifi books. I re-read it several times since I discovered it in my tender teens and had my mind blown away. So to say that I was excited to get my hands on this new book by Orson Scott Card is an understatement. I couldn't wait to read it! I dove into it as soon as I got it! And... I don't know... I guess I am not the right audience for his YA books.

I mean the story itself had potential.
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