Blog Tour and Review! The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

The Lost Girl
By Anne Ursu
368 pages – ages 9+
Published by Walden Pond Press on Febuary 12, 2019

Synopsis from Publisher-Once upon a time, there were two sisters, alike in every way, except for all the ways that they were different.
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.”

What I Thought- This was an interesting concept – there is a lot of small, almost normal, plots that get woven together to create a truly impressive reading experience. I really like how Ursu showed such a normal relationship between the girls, with both having believable strengths and weaknesses, and without falling into major stereotypes. Everything about the girl’s town, home-life and school are so very believable, even with the injection of magic to the story-line. The reader is totally immersed, believing this could be happening in their own town.  The plot is very engaging, and you feel as if you are carried right along as Iris tries to figure out all of the strange things going on. The story has an underlying message of don’t underestimate anyone and I think any kid will connect with that. Ursu has a great writing style, and I enjoyed reading her interesting narrator’s voice – it really added another dimension to the story. I would recommend this book to young readers who want a wonderful magical realism story!

I give this book five out of five bookworms. 


Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, named one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly and the Chicago Public Library, and The Real Boy, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. She is also a member of the faculty at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Anne lives in Minneapolis with her family and an ever-growing number of cats. You can visit her online at


“The Lost Girl is a jewel of a book—hard, bright, sharp, and precious. It reminds us of the boundless and subversive power of sisterhood and the inherent magic of girls.”—Kelly Barnhill, Newbery-Medal winning author of The Girl Who Drank theMoon

“I raced through The Lost Girl, breathless. And when I was finished, I found myself full of hope. It’s a beautiful, riveting, important book.”—Laurel Snyder, award-winning author of Orphan Island

“When the world makes no sense, I read books by Anne Ursu. When the world makes all the wrong kinds of sense, I read books by Anne Ursu. If you crave a story with the wit, wisdom, and magic to unriddle the world, then you need to read TheLost Girl by Anne Ursu.”—William Alexander, award-winning author of A Festival of Ghosts

∗ “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)

∗ “This suspenseful mystery offers a story of empowerment, showing how one girl with the help of others can triumph.” Publishers Weekly (starred 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.” Booklist (starred review)


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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6: Bluestocking Thinking
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8: Unleashing Readers
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10: Fat Girl Reading
MONDAY FEBRUARY 11: Word Spelunker
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12: Nerdy Book Club


Check out the awesome 6-page PDF of resources for teachers!

The Lost Girl Educators’ Guide!

Categories: Age 9+

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3 replies

  1. I’ve really liked Anne Ursu’s previous books and am very much looking forward to this one.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful read. Congratulations to Anne Ursu on this new release. Thanks, Erik, for the review.

  3. I love Anne Ursu! I am always interested in twin stories and the differences. Will look forward to getting a copy.

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