The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

Book - 2019
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When they are separated for the first time since birth, Iris and Lark struggle with insecurities over their individual identities at the same time things begin to go missing around town.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062275097
Branch Call Number: J FIC URSU
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: McGuire, Erin - Illustrator


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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.

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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