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Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up. (PDF) The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu Review PDF 2019

When you’re an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark.

Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant—and from their first moments in the world together, they’ve never left each other’s side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were together.

When fifth grade arrives, however, it’s decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both.

Iris is no longer so confident; Lark retreats into herself as she deals with challenges at school. And at the same time, something strange is happening in the city around them, things both great and small going missing without a trace.

As Iris begins to understand that anything can be lost in the blink of an eye, she decides it’s up to her to find a way to keep her sister safe.

From School Library Journal

Gr 3–6—Ursu’s latest novel follows the story of Iris and Lark as they start fifth grade. Iris prides herself on her knowledge, rationality, and assertiveness while Lark is more dreamy and artistic. When they find out that they have been assigned different teachers for the first time ever, their world is shaken. Lark’s shyness and anxiety seem to make her wilt and Iris has difficulty connecting to her new classmates while worrying about her twin. Meanwhile, a new store called “Treasure Hunters” sets up shop in their Minneapolis neighborhood. The odd messages on the sign intrigue the sisters, setting Iris on the trail of an ominous mystery as Lark retreats inside herself. Although the sisters initially seem to be too purposely disparate in character, the characterization is not all that it seems. In fact, the magical realism of the book allows an almost metaphoric view of the world as Iris grapples with both supernatural and psychological threats. The style of the novel echoes the mysteriousness of the plot: the viewpoint shifts between Iris, an unnamed observer, and the omniscient chronicler of the disappearance of state treasures. The prose is lovely, unafraid to echo the mysterious questions posed or Iris’s comforting refrain that she and Lark have better outcomes when they are together. The sense of adventure and mystery make this appealing to a wide audience. VERDICT A beautiful, timeless tale of love conquering darkness in the midst of mystery and the angst of change. A must-have for any middle grade collection.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Review

 

“Ursu ends this passionate and complex story with a celebration of sibling autonomy, youthful agency and the power of friends.” (New York Times Book Review)

★“National Book Award nominee Ursu laces her story with fairy-tale elements and real-life monsters, while taking great care to cast girls in an empowering light and as authors (and heroes) of their own stories. It is a layered, mysterious tale that will speak to many.” (ALA Booklist (starred review)) (PDF) The Lost Girl by Anne

★“As intriguing as it is eerie… This suspenseful mystery offers a story of empowerment, showing how one girl with the help of others can triumph.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review)) (PDF) The Lost Girl by Anne

★”The sense of adventure and mystery make this appealing to a wide audience. A beautiful, timeless tale of love conquering darkness in the midst of mystery and the angst of change. A must-have for any middle grade collection.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Ursu unleashes a sharp, timely, age-appropriate critique of the myriad ways in which patriarchal culture devalues female agency, especially that of young girls. The novel finely balances the importance of self-reliance with the power of collective action.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books) (PDF) The Lost Girl by Anne

“Ursu’s fans will find much to love.” (Kirkus Reviews) (PDF) The Lost Girl by Anne

“A magical story of sisterly love and loss and friendship.” (Tulsa Book Review) (PDF) The Lost Girl by Anne

 

About the Author

 

Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, which Kirkus Reviews called a “transforming testament to the power of friendship” in a starred review, and was acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011 by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com, and the Chicago Public Library. It was also on the IndieBound Next List and was an NPR Backseat Book Club featured selection. She was also the recipient of the 2013 McKnight Fellowship Award in Children’s Literature. Anne teaches at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Minneapolis with her son and four cats—monster fighters, all.

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