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The Lost Girl (Hardcover)

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Iris has always defined herself by how she's different from her twin sister, Lark. Lark is bursting with imagination, and Iris is the one who anchors her sister back to the real world. But when the two girls are assigned different teachers for the first time, Iris is lost—what's an anchor without the thing it anchors? How can she protect her sister if people won't let them stay together? In a world that seems to be falling to pieces—where things keep disappearing and her bond with her sister might shatter—Iris fights to figure out who she wants to be and who she can count on to fight at her side. Beautifully-written and full of girls supporting one another, this is the kind of book you'll have to hug when you're done reading it.   — Lily (RBB Staff)

— From The Lost Girl


Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up.

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.

About the Author

Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, which Kirkus Reviews called a "transforming testament to the power of friendship" in a starred review, and was acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011 by The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly,, and the Chicago Public Library. It was also on the IndieBound Next List and was an NPR Backseat Book Club featured selection. She was also the recipient of the 2013 McKnight Fellowship Award in Children's Literature. Anne teaches at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Minneapolis with her son and four cats—monster fighters, all.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062275097
ISBN-10: 0062275097
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
Pages: 368
Language: English