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Lost in the Moment and Found: 03/17/23

Lost in the Moment and Found

Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire (2023) is the eighth novel in the Wayward Children fantasy series. Antsy lost her father in Target. Now she has a stepfather who lies and doesn't respect her personal space. If she stays at home, he'll probably do worse to her. So she leaves.

Instead of finding someone with a phone where she can call her grandmother, she finds a door to the Shop Where Lost Things Go. It's a junk shop where doors come and go. But Antsy can't go until she's ready to be found. The price for her freedom is time.

Antsy is younger than Zib and Avery but she's written so much better. She has the agency and humanity that those two lack. Lost in the Moment and Found is everything that the Up and Under Books could and should be.

Complex chart showing the placement and relationships of all the Wayward Children books on the Road Narrative Spectrum to date

Like the previous books in this series, it sits on the Road Narrative Spectrum. Antsy having seen her father die and losing her mother to a new husband is an orphan (FF) when her door finds her. Her desired destination is a new home (66) where she once again can feel safe. Her route there is the Blue Highway (33), both in the route she walks to get to the shop, and later via the bus she rides to the School for Wayward Children.

The ninth book is due early next year.

Four stars

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