Leila Sales: The Museum of Lost and Found

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - 6:00pm
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
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By Leila Sales, Jacqueline Li (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419754517
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amulet Books - May 16th, 2023

BookPeople welcomes Leila Sales to celebrate the release of The Museum of Lost and Found. The event will include a moderated discussion, a reading, an audience Q&A, and a signing line.


  • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Start time: 6:00 P.M.
    • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
    • Location: The Second Floor of BookPeople
  • The author will be signing copies of their book after the speaking portion of the event.
    • To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople.


  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessary.
  • If you have any other questions, please email us at online@bookpeople.com


A warm, relatable middle-grade story about a friendship falling apart and the abandoned museum that becomes a shrine to lost connections

Vanessa isn't sure which happened first: finding the abandoned museum or losing her best friend Bailey. She doesn't know what to do with herself now that Bailey has left her behind—but when she stumbles upon an empty, forgotten museum, her purpose becomes clear. Vanessa starts filling the museum with her own artifacts and memories, hoping that perhaps, if she can find the right way to tell the story of her broken friendship, she can figure out how to make it whole again.

As Vanessa's museum grows, it seems like the place might have the answers to other questions, too. Like why a mysterious work of art was left behind. Or how to deal with a military dad who's trying to parent from thousands of miles away. Or why Vanessa's bad habit is getting harder and harder to quit. Or even, maybe, how to set the past to rest and find a way to move forward.

Moving and charming, The Museum of Lost and Found is about how we grow apart from some people as we grow up—and how sometimes we can find new pieces of ourselves in the aftermath.


Leila Sales is the author of eight critically acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life, Once Was a Time, and, most recently, The Museum of Lost and Found. Leila grew up in Boston; graduated from the University of Chicago; and worked for many years as a children’s book editor in New York City. She now lives in Austin, Texas, where she runs her own editorial consultancy, the Book Engineer. Learn more at leilasales.com, or follow her @LeilaSalesBooks.

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