cover image The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

Anne Ursu. Walden Pond, $16.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-227509-7

Twin sisters Iris and Lark are “identical, but not the same.” Iris is down-to-earth; Lark has her head in the clouds. The girls have always looked after each other, and when they are placed in different classrooms and after-school activities (art camp for Lark, a library girls’ group for Iris) during fifth grade, they are devastated. Nothing feels right to Iris, whose dismay is exacerbated by a series of unsettling events: meeting the peculiar owner of an antique shop who claims he’s doing magic, noticing objects gone missing from the twins’ home, and being followed by a giant crow. The occurrences connect to a dark secret that proves dangerous to Iris and could separate the twins forever. As intriguing as it is eerie, this imaginative tale by Ursu (The Real Boy) is told from the point of view of the crow, who observes Iris’s actions and emotions as she faces life and peril, for the first time without her sister. This suspenseful mystery offers a story of empowerment, showing how one girl with the help of others can triumph. Ages 8–12. [em]Agent: Tina Dubois, ICM. (Feb.) [/em]