A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough

Hello, Joy McCullough! Thank you for stopping by to celebrate A Field Guide to Getting Lost’s fabulous cover. What ran through your head (or heart) the first time you saw Isabel Roxas’ cover art?

Joy McCullough: Early on, I got to see a bunch of different sketches for different directions the cover might go and they were all so wonderful. I was blown away by how much Isabel had captured of the characters and the story. Artists are magical to me, and Isabel’s wizardry is some of the best in publishing. Seeing how those sketches morphed into the final cover was amazing. There are all sorts of wonderful details that are important to the story, like the bee and the compass, and the kids themselves just perfectly depict the Sutton and Luis in my mind (and heart). 

What are four things we should know about Sutton and Luis?

They are both much more comfortable indoors than outdoors.

They both live with single parents—Sutton with her dad and Luis with his mom.

They are both very creative, but in totally different ways.

They are both very brave, but in totally different ways.

What planted the seed for A Field Guide to Getting Lost?

I was on a hike – or more of a meander, really, as I am also not at all athletic or outdoorsy – and we weren’t exactly lost, but we couldn’t find the parking lot. My dad said something goofy about being lost in the park, and my first thought was that there might be a picture book there. That morphed into a chapter book and then into the middle grade novel it is now. 

Please finish these sentence starters:

I hope A Field Guide to Getting Lost finds the readers who need it, the ones who maybe feel a little lost themselves for whatever reason and will find traveling companions in Sutton and Luis.

Story is connection.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me to name some of my favorite new middle grade books! The Moon Within by Aida Salazar, Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca, Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez, Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai, and The Line Tender by Kate Allen. 

Look for A Field Guide to Getting Lost on April 14, 2020. 


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