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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Lost and Falling by Marlina Williams revolves around thirteen-year-old Bailey who lives in Colorado. Bailey is addicted to the internet and she feels her online friends understand her more than her parents. She gets annoyed when her online time is interrupted. Things change when she gets into online bullying by posting a bad message to a friend. When her parents find out, they take away all her electronic gadgets. She is sent to her grandparents' farm in West Virginia. Parallel to this story also runs the story of Goldie, the boxer pup who belongs to Starbright Kennel. He tastes freedom for a while when part of his kennel is crushed by a tree during a storm. The book conveys a good message to readers and addresses the topic of bullying.
The positive ending of the book made me like the story very much. The author has two stories in the plot and she knits them together effortlessly. Readers will be able to relate to Bailey and her bullying behavior. The book also addresses the obsession the current generation has when it comes to electronic gadgets and online friendships. The contrasting images of Bailey Archer's life in Colorado and West Virginia make the story interesting and entertaining. Bailey's transformation is inspirational. The open ending makes readers anticipate the next volume where they can learn more about Bailey and Goldie. It's a good bedtime storybook where parents and grandparents can speak to their children about the topic of bullying and bullies. It's also good for classroom read aloud sessions.