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Lost and Found

by Andrew Clements

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Twelve-year-old identical twins Jay and Ray have long resented that everyone treats them as one person, and so they hatch a plot to take advantage of a clerical error at their new school and pretend they are just one.



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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
When sixth graders Ray and Jay Grayson move to a new town in Ohio they pretty much know what to expect. They’ll have each other; after all, they’re twins. And no one will be able to tell them apart, since they’re identical. Even their own parents have to do the “freckle test” every once in a while. On their first day of school, Ray isn’t feeling well and has to stay home. So Jay goes alone, along with a note from his mom explaining Ray’s absence, which he’ll turn in during home room. Only, when the teacher calls attendance, Ray’s name isn’t on the list, only Jay’s. Jay figures maybe it was an oversight. But, Ray isn’t in any class. When he sees his file on a teacher’s desk he knows there has been a mix-up, his file is way too big. The school thinks there is only one Grayson boy. Maybe this is an opportunity for Ray and Jay? It’s definitely strange to be at school without his twin brother, especially since in the past no one has been able to tell them apart, and their matching names only made things trickier. But at the new school no one is confused about which twin they are talking to, and Jay actually feel like a real person. When he gets home he tells Ray about the day, and how it felt to have kids talk to him and see him as an individual. They hatch a plan where they'll alternate who will stay home, so that they each get to experience life outside of being a twin- just for a week. Can the boys pull off their plan? What kind of trouble will they be in when all is revealed? Are they good enough actors to make people believe they're one person? You will have to read this book to find out!

I have read and enjoyed many books by Andrew Clements, so I was excited to read Lost and Found. It was a lot of fun! Once I found out what the twins were planning I couldn’t wait to see how everything played out. Their plan was interesting, and I loved seeing the way they each handled things when they were acting as Jay. Definitely a tricky situation- especially when they went out in public with their parents! Ray and Jay are seen by most people as the same person, since they are identical. But, through this experiment, we really got to see how unique they are. They have their own skills and like different things after all. I think this book will appeal to anyone who likes realistic fiction and a little mischief. A fast and entertaining read!
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  Robinsonstef | Jul 10, 2019 |
This book is about twins who move to a new place when their parents apply for a new job. Ray and Jay Grayson, twins, must leave all their friends behind in Colorado to move to Ohio. On the way to Ohio, Ray gets sick and Jay goes to school alone. He realizes how nice it was to not have people staring at him and his twin, and he tells his brother that maybe since they look the same if they could skip days of school. His brother reluctantly agrees, and everyday a different brother goes to school. They soon realize that disguising themselves as each other in front of their parents, school mates, and teachers would be hard. Soon enough they get busted and continue school as the twins.
Lost and Found was a good book, as it was about 2 brothers who wanted to not be confused with each other at school. Their parents got a new job in Ohio and the family had to move there from Colorado. The Twins left all their friends behind, and they felt sad. Ray got sick on the way to Ohio, and Jay had to go to school on his own. He felt happy the first day of school that he could be viewed for who he is and not by him being an identical twin. Everyday the twins switch off school days, and they make separate friends. To keep their identities a secret though, they have to do what the other twin enjoys to not break their cover. Soon enough, they each share their secret with the girls they like, the whole school finds out, and so do their parents, and they get caught and put in separate classes. ( )
  TristanC.G1 | Mar 28, 2019 |
This is a story about Ray and Jay, two twins starting six grade at a new school. On the first day Jay is sick and misses school. Ray realizes that the school has no record of Jay, so they think he is the only new student. Ray and Jay take this to their advantage, having fun along the way. Over the course of the book they learn about friendship and honesty, and what it means to be themselves.
I would classify this as a realistic fiction, as both boys in the story are living in a realistic world.
I would read this to students in third through seventh grade.
  Michaiah.Annear | Apr 10, 2017 |
Twins playing each other. Good. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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For 12 years, Ray and Jay Grayson have been "the twins," nearly indistinguishable even to their parents. So when their new school unexpectedly combines their records, Ray and Jay decide to try out being just one person, taking turns going to school but keeping their experiment secret. Their deception lasts only eight days, but in the process they discover that they really are individuals after all. Clements's understanding of sixth graders is amply evident in the dialogue as well as the action. Better at math and athletics than his brother, Jay is at a loss when it comes to talking with girls, which Ray finds easy. Their differences lead to rolling-on-the-floor fights. When Ray shares his secret with a girl in his class, word gets around as each girl tells just one best friend, but it is a boy who notices their distinctive running styles. Another fast-paced, believable and funny offering from a master of school stories (Frindle, 1996, etc., etc.) and father of identical twin boys. (Final art not seen.) (Fiction. 9-12)
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Twins Ray and Jay Grayson have recently moved to Ohio. For years the boys have longed to be seen as individuals rather than as "part of a pair." Due to a "clerical oversight," their first week of sixth grade gives them the chance. Ray stays home sick the first day, and Jay is on his own. He enjoys meeting his new classmates, but he is a bit baffled that no one, not even his teachers, seems to know that his brother exists. After some investigation, he realizes that the school only has records for one of them. Hilarity-and confusion-ensues as the boys take turns being Jay. This novel is true to form for Clements. Relationships are well developed and realistic, and the author shows a strong understanding of the experience of being a twin. The use of similar names for the protagonists makes following the plot a bit confusing at times, but readers will quickly turn the pages to find out what the boys are up to next and whether they will be caught. The full-page pencil illustrations are a bit misleading-they are not always in sync with the author's description of Ray and Jay as "completely identical." Although this book is not as memorable as Frindle (S & S, 1996) and some of Clements's other novels, it is a treat for those who are into the author's brand of "that could totally happen at my school" fiction.-Jessica Kerlin, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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