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A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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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 in this lively, endearing novel.

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
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Jen
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathie
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie Reilley
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an early copy with our #bookexpedition group.

Sutton’s parents are divorced. She lives with her dad while her mom is in Antarctica, researching penguin migration. She’s a science-minded kid who’s 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), he’s usually stuck in
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Kriss
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Cassie Reynolds
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you author and publisher for sharing a copy with #Collabookation.

Sutton and Luis couldn’t 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
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Joanna Szabo
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oh my goodness—what 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.
Jamie
Feb 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
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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!
Sandra
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about families, possibilities, and new beginnings. Sutton and her dad are family. Mom is in Antarctica studying penguins and, much to Sutton’s disappointment, will miss her birthday. Sutton is also upset by a tiny robot who won’t co-operate and navigate a maze. Now she is going on outings with Elizabeth and her son Luis. Sutton’s dad desperately wants these adventures to work but Sutton is having difficulties with fantasy loving, allergy driven Luis. When one of the outings planned ...more
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