the lost & found

the lost & found

THE LOST & FOUND is my second novel for young adults! It was released through HarperTeen (an imprint of HarperCollins) on July 5, 2016 to a starred review from Booklist.



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Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear. 

They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance.

The Lost & Found is a bighearted novel about connections (missed and found), family (the kind you’re born with and the kind you make for yourself), and unexpected journeys (on the road, and of the heart), from an author who Publishers Weekly called “a fierce new presence.”


Critical Praise

“THE LOST AND FOUND has so many of the things I love--friendship, romance, road trips, lots of breakfast sandwiches, and even a little bit of magic. Leno balances humor and sadness beautifully and the relationships all felt warm and true.” (Michelle Falkoff, author of PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD)

“The characters and the road trip alone are a winning combination. The premise is where the magic happens.” (Adi Alsaid, author of LET'S GET LOST and NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES)


Editorial Reviews

"...savvy readers will know the real "lost and found" refers to the fascinating characters in this riveting tale, who, after enough loss, struggle to find themselves and make each other whole." (Booklist, Starred Review)

"...a rich, romantic story about two thoughtful teenagers on a quest for meaning." (Publishers Weekly)

"...characters readers can believe in and care about." (Kirkus Reviews)

"An emotional journey that’s well worth the ride." (School Library Journal)


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