You will fall in love with this main character, his heartbreak, and his friend, Fallon.
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff is a clever story told from the point of view of Trent, a sixth grade boy who accidentally kills a classmate during a hockey game. No one blames him, but he can’t recover from the guilt and self-loathing. He alienates his friends, purposely gets in trouble at school, and shuns the sports he always loved as he deals with the anger and hatred he has due to the death of his friend.
As Trent is self-destructing two people step in and form unlikely friendships with him that you just hope can save him. One is Fallon Little, a totally weird and awesome classmates with a life-altering scar on her face. The second is his old-as-dirty English teacher.
As you watch Trent struggle through this tragedy, the reader can’t help but wonder why his parents aren’t doing more to help their son who is obviously struggling mightily. I loved Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. This book would make a great read-aloud for a middle school classroom or as a book club selection for young adults. They’ll love Trent’s orneriness and bad choices plus love the relationship Trent and Fallon develop.
Lost in the Sun is a good one, for sure.