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Lost and Found
by Andrew Clements
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Atheneum, 2008 (2008)
Hardcover, CD
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

A new school year. A new school. When twelve-year-old Ray stays home sick on the first day of school, a clerical error gives his twin brother Jay an idea. Somehow the school was not expecting twins. Jay is the only Grayson listed. This is a chance to see what itís like to be on his own without being lumped under the word twins. Reluctantly Ray agrees that this opportunity isn't likely to happen again. He too would like to how it feels to a single without always being a twin.

They agree that for the first two weeks of school, they'll both be 'Jay' Grayson, each of them going to school on alternate days. Although they realize they'll eventually face the music for deceiving both the school and their parents, they decide it'll be worth the penalties. Their outlandish scheme becomes a reality.

Switching places even when no one knows about the other twin isn't as easy as it seems. Jay and Ray learn more about what it's like to be the other twin than what it's like to be twinless. They also learn a lot about themselves. Before they can turn themselves in to the school authorities and their parents, their ruse comes to a screeching halt.

This clever story moves quickly without a wrong step. Young readers will be hooked by the plot from page one.

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