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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library Y WIG (Text) 33500013074315 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y WIG (Text) 33500013074307 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library ya WIG (Text) 35500006182529 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780316417792
  • ISBN: 0316417793
  • Physical Description: 306 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: London : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2019.

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When a plane bound for Costa Rica crashes in deep jungle, the tail section breaks free and nineteen teenagers miraculously survive. Joel Aspinall, son of a local politician and student rep on the school’s council, is quick to take on the mantle of leadership, to organize everyone until a rescue party arrives. But the plane was crashed on purpose, no one knows where they are and no rescuers are coming. To make things worse, Joel’s decisions lead to more people dying, and he’s determined to wait it out. Tom Calloway didn’t want to be on this trip. Tom doesn’t want to bond with his classmates – he isn’t the bonding type. He’d rather they just left him alone, and he’s always been unfriendly enough that they’ve been happy to oblige. But that was before the crash. Now he finds himself building the friendships he’s always tried to avoid. And despite his determined efforts to be left alone, he begins to see that he might be the one to challenge Joel and pull off another miracle, by getting all the survivors to safety. When We Were Lost, featuring elements of Lost and Lord of the Flies, is a novel of survival, of teenagers thrust into a hostile environment. It’s a novel of life and death and the razor-thin dividing line between them. And it’s a novel about finding a place for yourself in a world that’s infinitely complex.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2
    The answers to this book's tagline ("Who lives? Who dies? Who becomes a killer?") are aptly shocking in this survival thriller, out from James Patterson's imprint for young readers. Rising high-school senior Tom is no stranger to dealing with death: his parents were abruptly killed in a car crash when he was a child, leaving him in the custody of family friend Julia, whom Tom considers more of "a really high-maintenance friend" than caregiver. To get him out of her hair during a yoga retreat, Julia sends a reluctant Tom on his school's summer field trip to Costa Rica. When the plane crashes somewhere in South America, 19 surviving high-school students must work together to navigate the brutal and relentless jungle. Though it's easy to draw parallels to Lord of the Flies, the quintessential group survival narrative, Wignall's novel features less distinct (or round) characterization and overall feels more action-focused than Golding's rumination on human nature. Still, the constantly building tension and dread will propel even the most reluctant readers through to the end. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kevin Wignall was born in Brussels and spent most of his childhood living on military bases around Europe. His many novels and short stories have inspired filmmakers, musicians, and other artists. He's based in England and spends a lot of time traveling, though he doesn't like flying (which may or may not have contributed to the idea for this story). When We Were Lost is his first book for young adults, and it is in development in Hollywood as a feature film. Find updates at or follow him on Instagram @kevin_wignall

Subject: Aircraft accidents > Fiction.
Teenagers > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Young adult works.

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