Parents' Guide to

The Lost Girl

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Imaginative, creepy twin tale full of love, magic, wisdom.

Book Anne Ursu Emotions 2019
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It doesn't get much better than Anne Ursu's complex, insightful tale of two twin girls, their strong bond, the "chisel people" who try to split them up, and strange doings in Minneapolis. There's a lot of wisdom and educational info packed into The Lost Girl, but it's woven into the page-turning story with the skill and empathy of an author who's clearly never forgotten what it feels like to be a kid.

"... they'd talked quickly and brightly and confidently, words tumbling out of their mouths like polished stones.

"But now Iris had to wonder if they'd been talking like that to distract the girls, like waving something shiny in front of their faces so they'd miss the monster crawling toward them. Grown-ups pretend that if they don't talk about things, kids won't know they're there. But you do know, at least you know something is there: you can see the weird blank space where the things they aren't talking about are supposed to be and you can see that something is lurking just behind it but you know you are supposed to pretend that you haven't noticed anything."

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