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John Lekich. King of the Lost And Found
Raincoast Books  $11.95  ISBN 978-1-55192-802-9  308 pg.
Reviewed by Keegan, Age 14

A young teen named Raymond Dunne is in his first year of high school, and has just about every allergy known to man. To make matters worse, he faints at random and gets nosebleeds. However, Raymond’s one of the most helpful kids at school, and he runs the Lost and Found. After their principal gets fired, the new one believes in daily meditation and eating healthy, causing the students to get cranky and stressed out from lack of sugar. Raymond becomes friends with a senior who finds floor plans to a secret room built by the school’s founder. They decide to make a club where kids can just be kids and do whatever they want. Thanks to the whispers about the club, the faculty catches wind of it. Raymond starts to feel guilty about lying to everyone and the club gets out of hand.

King of the Lost and Found is a great book. I think it portrays a typical high school environment. The senior basketball superstar in the story loses a family member that is close to him, and quits all the things he is good at, becoming a different and troubled person. I think that the characters are well developed and they fit the story. After reading the book you feel like you almost know how they would react to certain events. For example, if Raymond was cured of his fainting spells, everybody would think differently of him and his father's life would be much easier. The storyline is pretty typical of teen-age life, although the whole ‘secret room built by the founder of the school with a door in the lost and found’ is just a little too far-fetched for high school. Perhaps the secret room is more suited for an elementary or middle school setting. The cover of the book - your typical high school looking picture; nothing flashy or sci-fi like.

I would recommend this book to kids 12 and up. Even though the book is set in a high school, there’s no bad language or things that a younger age group couldn’t read.

This reviewer gives KING OF THE LOST AND FOUND 4.5 stars.


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