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The Ostrich and Other Lost Things

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The Ostrich and Other Lost Things by Beth Hautala
Hardcover $16.99
Feb 20, 2018 | ISBN 9780399546068

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Praise for The Ostrich and Other Lost Things:

The Ostrich and Other Lost Things is a delicate, warm, textured novel that explores the wonder, pain, envy, and intimacy of sibling relationships. Written with a huge dose of compassion and vulnerability, there is so much to love about the world Olivia and her brother Jacob inhabit. I lost myself in this wonderful world, and I know that Olivia herself wouldn’t be able to find me.”—Corey Ann Haydu, author of The Someday Suitcase and Rules for Stealing Stars

“Beth Hautala weaves a powerful tale about the challenges of having a sibling with autism. Olivia steals our heart as she tries to find what is lost and make her family whole again. The Ostrich and Other Lost Things is full of memorable characters, riveting moments, and surprising turns that add up to a very heartwarming and magical read. I loved it!”—Dana Middleton, author of The Infinity Year of Avalon James

“A brave beautiful story. I loved this book.”—Paul Acampora, author of I Kill the Mockingbird

“Hautala offers an emotionally adept story about love and understanding.”—School Library Journal

“This is hands down the best book with an autistic character that I have ever read. I would recommend this title for those who enjoy books like Wonder (Knopf, 2012), Out of My Mind (Atheneum, 2010), and The Running Dream (Knopf, 2011). It has a wonderful plot that readers will love and teaches a lot about dealing with individuals who are diagnosed with autism. This is a must read!”—School Library Connection

“A heartfelt story of sibling relationships, self-discovery, and unconditional love.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“While readers with neurodiverse siblings are the obvious audience for this, the anxieties Olivia expresses and her attempts to control outcomes will resonate with a much broader spectrum of tweens.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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