cover image Long Lost

Long Lost

Jacqueline West. Greenwillow, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-269175-0

In a spooky middle grade love letter to libraries and the mystery genre, West (Last Things) crafts a spellbinding exploration of sisterhood. Fiona Crane, 11, and her older sister, Arden, a figure-skating phenom, have just arrived in Lost Lake, Mass., where the white family has moved to facilitate Arden’s passion. Archaeology- and history-loving Fiona resents the change—and the attention the girls’ parents lavish on Arden. Despite her resentment, though, she finds the one place in town she feels comfortable: its luxurious library, located in a converted mansion that holds mysteries of its own. Fiona quickly stumbles upon an old book with a green cover and no library tag containing an unfinished story about two sisters of a bygone era. With the help of local boy Charlie, Fiona investigates similarities between the stories and local history, contending with a secretive librarian and the specter of Fiona’s tenuous relationship with Arden. Alternating a contemporary third-person narrative with the found book’s parallel telling, West draws readers into a supernaturally tinged dual story, simultaneously offering an authentic portrait of sibling angst. Ages 8–12. [em]Agent: Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary. (May) [/em]