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Essential Maps for the Lost

by Deb Caletti

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Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2016
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From beloved author and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes a fresh and luminous novel about the grief that can tear us apart and the people who can make us whole again.

There are many ways to be lost.

Sometimes people want to be lost. Madison - Mads to everyone who knows her - is trying her best to escape herself during one last summer away from a mother who needs more from her than she can give, and from a future that has been decided by everyone but her.

Sometimes the lost do the unimaginable, like the woman, the body, Mads collides with in the middle of the water on a traumatic morning that changes everything.

And sometimes the lost are the ones left behind, like the son of the woman in the water, Billy Youngwolf Floyd. Billy is struggling to find his way through each day in the shadow of grief. His one comfort is the map he carries in his pocket, out of his favorite book The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

When three lives (and one special, shared book) collide, strange things happen. Things like questions and coincidences and secrets, lots of secrets. Things like falling in love. But can two lost people telling so many lies find their way through tragedy to each other…and to solid ground?

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"Starred Review. [A] complex exploration of grief, mental illness, the redemptive power of storytelling, and the hope found in unexpected places." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. A clear eyed story about love and loss, mental illness, and taking charge of one's own fate." - Kirkus

"Billy's overwhelming and moving love for Mads will pluck the heartstrings of many readers ... Recommend this tale of overcoming the ogres of depression and loss with the saving graces of sustaining relationships and self-discovery." - School Library Journal

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Deb Caletti Author Biography

Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include Stay; The Nature of Jade; and Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, winner of the Washington State Book Award and the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her books for adults include He's Gone and her latest release, The Secrets She Keeps. She lives with her family in Seattle.

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