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  • Lost in the Sun

  • By: Lisa Graff
  • Narrated by: Ramón de Ocampo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can't get rid of. Trent's pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he's not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By laura on 08-18-18

Hope, humor, joy from a sad setup

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Have you listened to any of Ramón de Ocampo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to Ramón de Ocampo’s narration. He brought Trent to life perfectly!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I adored this book. On the surface, it felt like it would be a very difficult read. Trent has unbearable tragedy in his background, and he's only a 6th grader, trying to survive middle school and life. His father is distant and curt and offers no comfort. His new friend Fallon breaks the middle school mold -- not an easy person to be, or to be friends with. But there was so much humor and heart in Trent, his friends, his teachers, and his family. I listened hungrily to see how people would reach out to him, and he to them. One of my favorite story lines was Trent's relationship with his homeroom teacher, "a wrinkled old crone" -- and how she stays with him and slowly helps him. Nothing was easily earned in this book -- Trent had to work for every baby step of courage and progress. This book is great therapy for anyone going through a sad, difficult time, or helping someone else to do the same. The final chapters filled me with hope and happiness. Bravo, bravo, bravo, Lisa Graff.