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  • Title: The Ostrich and Other Lost Things
  • Author: Beth Hautala
  • ISBN: 9780399546068
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this beautifully written novel, the bonds and challenges of caring for a sibling with autism are bravely explored, along with the pain and power that comes from self discovery Eleven year old Olivia Grant has a knack for finding lost things She can find lost rings, pets, and even her elderly neighbor s misplaced glasses There s only one thing Olivia has never been aIn this beautifully written novel, the bonds and challenges of caring for a sibling with autism are bravely explored, along with the pain and power that comes from self discovery.Eleven year old Olivia Grant has a knack for finding lost things She can find lost rings, pets, and even her elderly neighbor s misplaced glasses There s only one thing Olivia has never been able to find her brother Jacob s toy ostrich It wasn t until the day Jacob lost his ostrich that Olivia noticed how different he was Jacob is autistic, and though she s his little sister, Olivia often feels like the older of the pair, his caretaker And with her parents so heavily focused on maintaining status quo for Jacob, it s Olivia who has stagnated in his shadow unable to explore new opportunities, or to be her own person In fact, apart from being Jacob s sister, Olivia s not really sure who she is.So when summer break begins, and the local community theater announces auditions for an all children s production of her favorite show, Peter Pan, Olivia jumps at the chance to claim something for herself But what begins as a promising opportunity and a wonderful escape quickly becomes pure chaos The visiting zoo with an odd assortment of animals including an ostrich that causes even trouble than Jacob s missing toy only make matters worse, as Olivia s summer is shaping up to be just as consumed by Jacob s needs as the rest of her life has been In time, and with the help of some unlikely alliances, Olivia must learn what it means to be separate from her brother and still love him, how to love herself in spite of her own flaws, and that not all lost things are meant to be found.
    The Ostrich and Other Lost Things In this beautifully written novel the bonds and challenges of caring for a sibling with autism are bravely explored along with the pain and power that comes from self discovery Eleven year old Olivi

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    1. Beth Hautala has delivered a story that reaches far beyond the pages of a book and leaves a lasting impression The reader is invited into a world that they may not already be familiar with and does so in an honest and tender way.Over a summer of traveling zoos, runaway ostriches, theater, and new friendships, eleven year old Olivia just wants her life to be normal She would love to perform in the local theater s production of Peter Pan and have just one thing all to herself Olivia s moment to be [...]

    2. Quality middle grade fiction always has two characteristics, in my opinion 1 The story has to show the truth of humanity but also provide some kind of redemption Tweens don t need to read stories that leave them with no resolve, no answers, no take aways Messy endings are too much for their hearts to hold.2 When touching on some heavy themes, the story should be written in such a way that a child can feel the weight of DIFFICULT without being crushed by it.The Ostrich and Other Lost Things does [...]

    3. Copy provided by the publisherOliva s super power is finding lost items, from her neighbor s frequently misplaced glasses to her father s keys When her brother s plastic toy ostrich goes missing, she tries to find it, to no avail It s important to her, because the ostrich seems to calm Jacob down, but ever since it has been gone, he has been prone to melt downs, and the outward manifestations of his autism spectrum disorder seem to have increased It is summer vacation, which throws Jacob for a l [...]

    4. I received a review copy of this book.Ostrich and Other Lost Things is the story of the challenges of family life, especially when one of the siblings has autism Olivia knows how to find things when they are lost, and is hyper focused on finding a lost ostrich toy her brother lost She believes if finds it, the ostrich will make life better for Jacob who has autism.There s a play, a traveling zoo with a real ostrich, family and friendship challenges along the way What makes this book 5 stars is t [...]

    5. When Beth Hautala posted on Twitter that she wanted to share ARCs of her new novel, The Ostrich and Other Lost Things, I jumped at the chance Waiting for Unicorns, Beth s debut, remains one of my very favorite MG reads, so I expected her second book to be wonderful as well and it certainly is Eleven year old Olivia Grant has a special knack for finding lost things, but she just can t find her brother Jacob s toy ostrich, and worse yet, ever since he lost it, his autism has seemed to worsen Olivi [...]

    6. An honest, painful look at dealing with an older sibling with Asperger s I felt like this book did a good job at conveying the difficulty, frustration, and pain a kid in this situation would be facing without going with the stiff upper lip, we do what we must mentality it s easy to inject into these kinds of stories Gotta say though, the parents were not terribly likeable and I got just as irritated with them as our main character did.

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