The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062275097
Branch Call Number: FICTION URSU
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: McGuire, Erin - Illustrator


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JCLJuliaV Mar 02, 2021

Anne Ursu has an uncanny way of tapping into the realistic perspective of youth. Iris and Lark are probably the most believable renditions of typical 5th grade girls that I have ever encountered in a book! Their struggle with change and frustration with well-meaning adults that make horrendously poor judgement calls is ON-POINT. It came as no surprise that the supernatural had to eventually intervene to really help these twins grow. There is a lesson in this story for literally everyone. A must read for students and educators alike.

JCLShannonG Feb 05, 2020

Ursu has a talent for creating relatable characters. Even if you aren't a twin yourself, you will be able to relate to Iris and Lark. A wonderful tale filled with magic, friendship, and sisterhood.

Aug 10, 2019

Absolutely one of my favorite books of 2019. Ursu weaves a story that's full of magic, both dangerous and not. But it's in the details of friendships and sisterhood that the story truly shines. I loved it, especially the ending.

Jun 28, 2019

One thing this story does very well is give us a compelling depiction of girl power. Twins Iris and Lark are struggling with their first separation as they begin 5th grade in different homerooms. We see the story for the most part from the perspective of Iris, the down-to-earth twin. There is also a mystery narrator contributing to the magical aspects of the story. What did not work for me was the way most of the adults were depicted as bumbling around and then there is the evil owner of the antique store. All in all, a twin tale with elements of a Hansel and Gretel retelling.

Feb 15, 2019

"While the bulk of “The Lost Girl” is set in a realistic world, the final section is suffused with magic. Capturing with piercing accuracy Iris’s evolving anguish, Ursu (“The Real Boy”) ends this passionate and complex story with a celebration of sibling autonomy, youthful agency and the power of friends." NY Times book review.


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Jul 26, 2020

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