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
ISBN: 9780062275097
0062275097
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: McGuire, Erin - Illustrator

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darladoodles
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.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Mar 21, 2019

This book is a bit hard to classify -- it's fantasy, but the fantasy bits only really appear in the last quarter of the book, but calling it magical realism would be too mild for what are really strong fantastic elements at the end. So, I don't know how to explain what it is, but I do know I liked it. I don't think it's necessarily for everyone -- those waiting for the magic to show up will probably be frustrated for the bulk of the book -- but I loved the messaging around sisterhood and female empowerment and agency, and I think my only complaint is that I wish that the magical portion of the story line had been layered in more heavily in the earlier chapters, as I think it would have strengthened the book overall.

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susanniemann
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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