Jack Gantos wrote about a boy’s misadventures with ADHD in Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key and Joey Pigza Loses Control. ADD Inattentive is far more predominant with girls than ADHD. And given the nature of ADD Inattentive – daydreamy, easily boredand distracted, making careless mistakes – these girls are oftenoverlooked or dismissed as simply not being good students. At thesame time, creativity and imagination are often characteristics ofthese girls – hence, the phrase “the gift of ADD”. Schools generallyare not geared for such students. This is one of several challenges,which JC faces at her upscale LA high school in LOST IN LA. JC’s differences bring her into conflict not only with certain inflexible teachers and school administrators, but also with the popular crowd at her school. She and her alternative friends endure verbal, social and physical bullying. JC is determined to not only persevere, but to find a solution that works for her and allows her to realize her dreams. LOST IN LA, like Jerry Spinelli’s young adult novel Stargirl, celebrates diversity and nonconformity and the power of the human spirit.