The Lost Girl

By: Anne Ursu

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 is decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both.

Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062275097

JLG Release: May 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Twins , Sisters , Mystery and detective stories , Schools , Confidence , Magic , Crows , Change , Growing up

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Eleven-year-old twins Iris and Lark are “identical, but not the same.” Lark is empathic, creative, imaginative; Iris is assertive, practical, organized—and fiercely protective of Lark. They orbit around each other like binary stars; they have “better outcomes when they [are] together.” When they are assigned to separate fifth-grade classr Eleven-year-old twins Iris and Lark are “identical, but not the same.” Lark is empathic, creative, imaginative; Iris is assertive, practical, organized—and fiercely protective of Lark. They orbit around each other like binary stars; they have “better outcomes when they [are] together.” When they are assigned to separate fifth-grade classrooms (and afterschool programs), things fall apart. Both girls are miserable—Iris the more so because she can’t protect the vulnerable Lark. Feeling helpless, Iris retreats into herself, especially at her girl-empowering afterschool program, “Camp Awesome.” Meanwhile, objects, large and small, begin disappearing all over town after a strange antique store appears, run by a man obsessed with finding his lost sister. Early in the novel Ursu lays out a roadmap for the book: “This is a story of a sign and a store…Of magic. Of bad decisions made from good intentions. Of bad guys with bad intentions…But most of all, this is a story of the two sisters, and what they did when the monsters really came.” That map is necessary since readers may lose track of the larger story once they have become immersed in Ursu’s extraordinarily deep, minutely observed portrayal of the twins—especially Iris. Because Iris doesn’t see the danger coming, neither do readers. The ending feels abrupt (the story’s climax, reveals of the identities of both the story’s villain and mysterious offstage narrator, and denouement all happen in the course of a few pages) and, for such an interior story, a bit jarring (the twins and their new allies the Awesome girls vanquish the villain in a frighteningly violent, fight-to-the-death battle). But the book is packed with rich and thoughtprovoking material as it explores such themes as girls’ power and agency (both individual and collective), obsession, healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and, yes, the cost of magic.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062275097

First Release

May 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Twins, Sisters, Mystery and detective stories, Schools, Confidence, Magic, Crows, Change, Growing up,

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