Lost and Found is the first novel in the fifteen book Bluford Series. This series was created to provide high interest stories to lower level readers. It can be very frustrating to try and excite a struggling reader when the only book at her level is about talking kittens. The only way to become a better reader is to read more. When there are no books that excite students, they won’t read. The Bluford Series provides a plethora of storylines: from bullies to peer pressure to abuse to romance; it’s all covered. Students become addicted to this series and even my most unwilling readers are racing to the shelves to check another Bluford book off their list.
Lost and Found tells the story of Darcy Wills, a teen that is trying to hold her family together after her father has left and her younger sister has begun acting out. She believes that she has a stalker and doesn’t know how to deal with it. The plotlines are very predictable (I bet you know how this novel ends) and the writing is not very good, but the Bluford novels will be the first that I recommend to someone who claims he hates reading.
It is important to note that the series can be purchased for $1 per book directly from the Townshend Press website. In stores and online, they cost the same as regular books. I recommend buying two sets from the publishing company; these books are often “misplaced”!