Lost and Found by Anne Schraff Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''Lost and Found'' is a young-adult novel that explores some of the harsher realities of what growing up is like for many students in urban America. These questions can help your class navigate the book and its themes.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is a 2002 young-adult novel by Anne Schraff, and the first book of the Bluford Series. This novel deals with issues facing a fictional contemporary urban high school in California. Dealing with themes of absentee-parents, young romance, betrayal, drugs, and other issues, the book is generally rated for high school students. That is the level for which these discussion questions are also written, although they can be easily adapted for middle school classrooms if desired.

Questions About Plot and Characters

  • How does Lost and Found begin? What impact does this opening have? How does this set the tone for the novel? How does it introduce us to the main character and her life? What do we learn about Darcy's world? What do we learn about Darcy? How would you describe this character?
  • In one sentence, describe the plot of Lost and Found. What is this book about? What is the central conflict that drives the plot? Is there just one? Does a book need to have just one conflict?
  • What is Darcy's sister like? Describe this character. What is her relationship like with Darcy? How are Jamee and Darcy different? How are they similar? Are those similarities and differences important to the story?
  • What do we learn about Darcy from the way that she handles crises in her life? How does she handle the reappearance of her father? What does this mean to Darcy? How does it impact her? How does Darcy respond to her sister's dating life and disappearance? What does this tell us about Darcy's personality?
  • How is Darcy's life defined by her relationships? What relationships does she reexamine throughout the story? What new relationships does she develop? Why do you think Darcy chooses to leave some friends behind and make some new ones? Is this easy to do?
  • What is the climax of the story? How is the conflict resolved? What did you think of this resolution? What do you think about how the book ends? How have the main characters changed by this point? How have they grown? What do you think the author is trying to say?

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