Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Blog Tour: Essential Maps For The Lost Quest Post-Top Ten Images For the Book

 Hi all! I'm really excited today to have Deb Caletti on my blog today for the Essential Maps for the Lost tour! I really enjoyed the book (so look for my review in a few days) and I hope you all enjoy this guest post! 

 Top Ten Images That Describe the Book
Lake Union--Wikepedia 
1. Lake Union, Seattle: This is where Mads takes a swim one morning, and bumps into the body of the woman who jumped off the Aurora Bridge.

2. A boy walking WAY TOO MANY DOGS: This would be our other main character, Billy Youngwolf Floyd, son of the woman who jumped, who steals dogs who are being mistreated and brings them to the animal shelter where he works, claiming that they are “lost.”

3. A girl with a baby on her hip: This is Mads, and Ivy, who she babysits. Made has a deep desire to kidnap baby Ivy from her overbearing mother, something Mads knows quite a lot about.

4. A beat-up truck: This is the truck Mads drives, which belongs to her uncle. She gets lost in it A LOT. It has a mind of its own. It has a PLAN for her, it seems. She also uses it to follow Billy, to find out what she can about his mother, and why she did what she did.

5. The Seattle houseboats: Oh, so charming and intriguing – imagine Sleepless in Seattle, although Billy lives with his difficult, intense grandmother in one of the smaller of the 300-plus houseboats that surround Lake Union.

6. An ogre, or a group of ogres: The ogres of depression that Mads fights.

7. The map at the center of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the book that Mads and Billy, against all odds, have in common.

8. A little boy in spaceship pajamas with a library book and a squirt gun: This is Harrison, Mads’ cousin, who is about to blow up her life and her secrets.

9. The typewriter eraser statue by the Seattle Art Museum: This is where Billy and Mads lay on the lawn, where he tells her about his mother, where they kiss and fall more deeply in love.

10. A truck with Mads and Billy and two dogs riding in front: For this one, you’ll have to read Essential Maps for the Lost to find out more.

When Madison makes a startling discovery, the body of a dead woman floating in the middle of a lake, the summer after her senior year becomes more complicated than she ever expected.

Madison (Mads to everyone who knows her) is staying with her aunt and uncle in Seattle after graduating from high school. Being away from her needy, unstable mother who's been pressuring her to take over the family business is such a relief. Now all Mads has to worry about is taking classes, swimming laps, and fighting off the sadness that threatens to overtake her.

That is, until the traumatic moment Mads collides with a body in the middle of the lake. After swimming the body back to shore, Mads becomes obsessed with uncovering the identity of the woman and what drove her to leap off of the Aurora Bridge. Determined to discover more, Mads parks outside the woman's home and sees the woman's son: the sweet and tormented Billy Youngwolf Floyd.

Through a series of not-so-happenstance meetings, Mads and Billy realize that desperate mothers and rescue missions are not the only thing that bonds them. Billy carries a map in his pocket; the one of the museum from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; and it's his dream to visit the museum one day. And though book-loving Mads is expected to return home to her already-decided future, her dream is to run away to a life of her choosing.

As the unlikely pair fall hard for each other and as the summer draws to a close, Billy and Mads must decide whose story to follow: their family's or their own.
Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Last Forever,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, and was followed with "The Secrets She Keeps" in 2015. Coming this April: "Essential Maps for the Lost," her eleventh book for young adults. She lives with her family in Seattle.

And here's the tour schedule:
Week 1: 
4/4: Such A Novel Idea
4/5: Ex Libris
4/6: Life According to a Bibliophile (You are HERE)
4/7: Kelly Vision
4/8: The Bookkeeper's Secrets

Week 2: 
4/11: Stuck In Books
4/12: Who R U Blog
4/13: Between the Pages
4/14: Jenuine Cupcakes
4/15: In Wonderland


  1. This sounds like such an interesting book! I can't wait to read it!

  2. Danielle HammelefApril 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    I love contemporary YA and mysteries so this book sounds exciting to me. Thanks for the post today!