Have you ever asked yourself where things go when they get lost? Things like hair elastics, single socks and gloves, games that literally seem to disappear into thin air? Well, they don’t get lost, they get found. Lostland is a universe of missing objects, a place that is inaccessible for anyone who doesn’t believe in magic. No human being has ever set foot beyond its borders; but the word “impossible” is not in Ella’s vocabulary. Eleven-year-old Ella Solaris is the messiest girl in the world. She loses everything: new jeans, phones, her mother’s pear earrings… But the day that the key to her secret diary disappears, is the worst day of her life. That key was a gift from her Dad, the last memory she has of him. Ella is so desperate to find it that she even asks Grandma Clara. No matter that since she fell ill with Alzheimer’s Granny talks to her bedroom closet, claiming it is the secret gateway to Lostland, where little fairies, guardians of lost memories, hide the truth: It is in Lostland that Ella will find her key. Ella is old enough not to believe in fairy tales anymore; she knows that she is the only one to blame for the key disappearing. If only she were a little more orderly..
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Simona Sparaco and her niece Margherita
Simona Sparaco is a bestselling author with over 180 thousand copies sold in Italys is her extraordinary debut novel in children’a fiction. She was born in Rome, where she now lives and works. She wrote her first story at the age of twelve, has studied screenwriting, and currently writes for Italian television. She was awarded Rome Prize and she was shortlisted for the Strega Prize in 2013, and her books have been translated into several languages. She was awarded Premio DeA Planeta in 2019.