Lost Tomorrow by Donovan Scherer

Before she knew about Darksmith Manor and the tradition of monster making to which she was born, Sunshine Saliente was a girl with a Bunny. In this Alice in Wonderland-esque tale Sunshine and Bunny, her stuffed rabbit, find themselves in the post-apocalyptic World of Tomorrow. The city has a 1950s futurist aesthetic that seems alien to Sunshine, who grew up in a house built into a tree and has never heard of movies. With the people long gone, the robots, programmed to serve the residents, are desperate to bring happiness to the only person to stumble into their city in years.

Lost Tomorrow is written for nine to twelve year-olds but may be enjoyed by younger kids whether they are advanced readers or as a read aloud. The book has more potential danger than most books for this age group with just a touch of gross, making it exciting without being scary. While the Deus ex machina solution to Sunshine’s escape may seem a bit clunky to older readers, it suits its target audience. Sunshine’s cheerful cross between flower child and mad scientist is sure to delight readers of all ages.

Lost Tomorrow uses high level vocabulary and complex sentence structure making it a perfect book for advanced readers looking for challenging books written for their age group. Filled with whimsical pen and ink drawings by the author, it is not so dense in appearance as to be inaccessible to reluctant readers. A strong copy editor would have made a few passages more readable and brought the book to the next level of professionalism but it is otherwise a well told and engaging story. I wish the Fear and Sunshine books existed when my own daughter was still in elementary school and I heartily recommend them all for families looking for something they can enjoy together.

You may also enjoy these other books in the Fear and Sunshine series:

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