Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: The Lost Girl

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Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: The Lost GirlThe Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
Published by Walden Pond Press on February 12, 2019
Pages: 368

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. 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.

I’m so excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu today. I love her books and all things fairy tales and cannot wait to share my thoughts on her latest novel.


The Lost Girl is a tale both modern and fairy tale, a fantastic urban fairy tale with quite a few twists and turns that will keep you guessing about what is really going on. The story starts with two twins finding out they will be in separate classes for the first time. Not only that, but they join separate after school clubs, which makes things worse for the girls it seems. Neither seem to be adjusting well and Iris finds herself pulled towards this new shop in town that draws her in and makes her feel more at ease. Lark is falling to pieces as things start disappearing from her room. There’s a crow that seems to be following the girls, but only Iris notices. And many other things happening as well.

I absolutely fell in love with this story. From the love between the two sisters, to the way that they are so very different, and the strength that shows from both of them when they need it most – it really is a story about family and friendship, feeling different, finding oneself, and doubt and fear.

Verdict: For fans of fairy tales, well crafted characters and a surprising twist of a plot. 

About the Author

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




Blog Tour Schedule

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1: Teach Mentor Texts



MONDAY FEBRUARY 4: Maria’s Melange

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5: A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust

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



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3 responses to “Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: The Lost Girl

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    A middle grade novel i recently read and loved was City of Ghosts. I also enjoyed reading Where the Watermelons Grow.

  2. Julie

    I recently loved Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo. Something about her writing style–its mix of quirky humor and emotional honesty–touches my heart.

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