Winner of the Minnesota Book Award * A Texas Bluebonnet Book
“Perfect to be read late into the night.”—Stefan Bachmann, internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar
“A spooky sisterhood mystery that is sure to be a hit with readers.”—School Library Journal (starred review)
“Grab a flashlight and stay up late with this one.”—Kirkus Reviews
Once there were two sisters who did everything together. But only one of them disappeared.
New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West’s Long Lost is an atmospheric, eerie mystery brimming with suspense. Fans of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces and Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts series will lose themselves in this mesmerizing and century-spanning tale.
Eleven-year-old Fiona has just read a book that doesn’t exist.
When Fiona’s family moves to a new town to be closer to her older sister’s figure skating club—and far from Fiona’s close-knit group of friends—nobody seems to notice Fiona’s unhappiness. Alone and out of place, Fiona ventures to the town’s library, a rambling mansion donated by a long-dead heiress. And there she finds a gripping mystery novel about a small town, family secrets, and a tragic disappearance.
Soon Fiona begins to notice strange similarities that blur the lines between the novel and her new town. With a little help from a few odd Lost Lake locals, Fiona uncovers the book’s strange history. Lost Lake is a town of restless spirits, and Fiona will learn that both help and danger come from unexpected places—maybe even from the sister she thinks doesn’t care about her anymore.
New York Times–bestselling and acclaimed author Jacqueline West weaves a heart-pounding, intense, and imaginative mystery that builds anticipation on every page, while centering on the strong and often tumultuous bond between sisters. Laced with suspense, Long Lost will fascinate readers of Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Secret Keepers and fans of ghost stories.
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.