I’m so excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu today. Thanks to our friends at Walden Pond Press, we have a wonderful educator’s guide to share with you — PLUS enter for your chance to win a copy of the book!
Check out the Educator’s Guide here:
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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.
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 www.anneursu.com
Thanks to our friends at Walden Pond Press, we have one copy of The Lost Girl to give away. To enter — tell us in the comments below what makes you different from your sibling(s) and what makes you alike. Or if you’re an only child, tell us about a friendship that feels like a sibling.
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What makes me different from my brother is that I prioritize my health. What makes us the same is that we both prioritize family.
I would love to read this book. I loved “Breadcrumbs” and even wrote about it for a children’s lit class.
I have two siblings, and as we get older, the similarities and differences continue to morph and change. Interestingly, my similarities and differences to both of my siblings are reversed. My sister and I have similar interests and political standpoints; my brother and I don’t have as many of the same interests and hobbies. However, my brother and I are more alike in temperament in that we are laid back and passive, while my sister is more “keyed up” and likes to take charge.
What makes me different is I am outgoing and my brother is not. We are similar because we both teach junior high and have a love for children.