Lost In Lexicon

ISBN: 978-0-9830219-2-6
Illustrated by Joan Charles
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"If this is an adventure, we should just plunge in..."

When thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne go on a treasure hunt in the rain one summer day, they never expect to stumble into a whole new world where words and numbers run wild.

After the cousins outwit a plague of punctuation, grateful villagers beg them to find Lexicon's missing children, who have been enticed away by dancing lights in the sky. Trekking between villages in search of clues, the cousins encounter a talking thesaurus, a fog of forgetting, the Mistress of Metaphor, a panel of poets, feuding parts of speech, and the illogical mathematicians of Irrationality. When a careless Mathemystical reflects them across the border into the ominous Land of Night, their peril deepens. Kidnapped, imprisoned, and mesmerized—with time running out—will Ivan and Daphne find a way to solve the mystery of the lights in the sky and restore the lost children of Lexicon to their homes?

Lost in Lexicon will whisk children away into an interactive and magical world of learning.

Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9830219-2-6
ISBN-10: 0-9830219-2-9
Imprint: Mighty Media Junior Readers
On Sale:
July 4, 2011
Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Pages: 368
List Price: $12.95
Ages: 8 to 12
Guided Reading Level: R
Lexile Measurement ®: 730
BISAC1: JUV001000 - JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure/General
BISAC2: JUV037000 - JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
BISAC3: JUV009080 - JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts/Words
BISAC4: JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts/Counting & Numbers
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"...An engaging and original narrative is the main strength of this series opener. Math and grammar concepts are nicely integrated. Noyce keeps up the pace by limiting descriptive passages but offers little character introduction. Ivan and Daphne do grow over the course of their quest, finding strength in their ability to tackle subjects that once overwhelmed them and working as a team to solve each mathematical and linguistic puzzle. Well-imagined illustrations help bring the pair to life...Persistent readers will be rewarded with a good adventure, affecting lyrical passages, and thought-provoking questions relevant to our own society."

School Library Journal

...This is an adventure story for the digital generation, and Lost in Lexicon breaks new ground in the adventure genre. This rollicking, often tongue-in-cheek novel will appeal to young readers who need a break from their computer games and long to journey into the woods of learning.

Foreword Reviews

"Noyce’s imaginative, playful use of words and numbers keeps readers engaged throughout the story ... The charming story, along with the focus questions and extension activities at the end of the book, make this an entertaining selection for student-led reading discussions at the upper elementary and intermediate level."

Teaching Children Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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