Gaby, Lost and Found: A Wish Novel

by Angela Cervantes

Scholastic Paperbacks
May 2015

Ages 9 – 11 . Grades 4 – 6

Lexile measure: 640L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R



"My name is Gaby, and I'm looking for a home. Having the nicest clothes or cell phone isn't important, but I'd like to have a cat that I can talk to when I'm home

When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Her flyers help the cats and
dogs there find their forever homes: places where they'll be loved and cared for, no matter what.

Gaby is in need of a forever home herself. Her mother has recently been deported to Honduras and Gaby doesn't know where to turn. Meanwhile, Gaby's favorite shelter cat, Feather, needs a new place to live. Gaby would love to adopt her-- but if Gaby doesn't have a place that feels like home to her, how can she help Feather?
Angela Cervantes

Angela Cervantes is a poet, storyteller, and animal lover. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various publications, and she has written the novels Gaby, Lost and Found and Allie, First at Last. When Angela is not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband in Kansas and eating fish tacos every chance she gets. Keep up with Angela at


  • Praise for GABY, LOST AND FOUND:

    "A timely, touching and nuanced portrayal of real-life challenges experienced by children in mixed-status families." --Kirkus Reviews

    "A timely and important story about immigration, deportation, and abandonment wrapped in a warm-hearted tale that will appeal to all." --Sonia Manzano, Emmy Award-winning actress who plays “Maria” on Sesame Street and Pura Belpre Honor Award winning author of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

    "A tender debut that is heartbreaking and heartwarming." --Diana Lopez, author of
    Confetti Girl