Project Description


Lost Goat Lane

by Rosa Jordan

An eloquent, dramatic story of an adolescent girl’s first glimpse into the problems of prejudice in her community and the redeeming power of friendships.

For thirteen-year-old Kate, being poor in a small rural Florida town means feeling ashamed and isolated. At school, her classmates laugh at her old clothes, and things are not much better at home. Kate’s mother is working long hours just to keep food on the table, and Kate has to keep an eye on her brothers.

But one day, the family’s goat gets loose and wanders down the road. That’s when Kate meets the Wilsons, a tight knit, middle-class African-American family. Kate is particularly drawn to Ruby, the glamorous grown daughter who has returned home from New York City. As Kate begins to spend time with Ruby in town, she becomes aware of the undercurrent of discrimination and prejudice that runs through her community and the complex roles of race and class in her own relationships.

Rosa Jordan offers readers a gripping, empathetic tale of how two families come together despite small town prejudices and cultural differences. In doing so, she provides a window into the larger problems in America, where class and race often divide people.

Format; Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-325-2
Publication Date: 10/1/2004
Page Count: 192
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-754-0
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.6
F&P: W, Gr 6, Genre RF
Lexile: 760L
Themes: Class, Family, Race, Rural Life
BISAC 1: JUV030060 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General
BISAC 2: JUV024000 JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Country Life
BISAC 3: JUV002090 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals


“Jordan complements Kate’s genuineness with an interesting locale, filled with threatening alligators and wily farm animals, intergenerational friendship, and a meaningful lesson in tolerance. A treat for middle readers.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A tender, satisfying offering.” ―School Library Journal

“Jordan packs a lot of moral complications and wisdom into a well-crafted and often suspenseful story… Her characterizations are multilayered and believable.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Middle School/Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2005

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Meet the Author

Rosa Jordan holds degrees from Santa Monica Junior College, UCLA, and the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. She is the author of Cycling Cuba and Dangerous Places: Travels on the Edge and the director of the social justice program for Earthways Foundation. She lives in Canada.