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Little (Grrl) Lost Hardcover – September 6, 2007

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Imagine Mary Norton's quirky Borrowers as twenty-first-century Goth teens bent on discovering their true genealogy. De Lint has crafted a delightfully edgy fantasy that will lead teens to his popular adult series of Newford books, where magic and fantasy thrive in a seemingly ordinary community. Fourteen-year-old T. J.'s family has been forced to move to a suburb, leaving behind their family farm and T. J.'s beloved horse. Shy and awkward, T. J. has trouble finding a niche in her new school, and she misses her old friends desperately. Enter Elizabeth Wood, a 16-year-old "Little" who is six inches tall and all punky attitude (four-letter words abound). T. J. and Elizabeth are both fascinated and sometimes disgusted by each other, and they form a tight, complicated friendship that sees them through a slew of adventures in both the quotidian and magical worlds. As in The Blue Girl (2001), de Lint mixes marvelous fantastical creatures and realities as he taps into young women's need to feel unique, understood, and valued. Carton, Debbie


Teens unfamiliar with de Lint's work will love this gateway to Newford, and fans will be in line already. -- VOYA

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670061441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670061440
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles de Lint and his wife, the artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His evocative novels, including Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, and The Onion Girl, have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. A. O'Brien on December 18, 2007
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I've been reading Charles de Lint novels and short stories for nearly as long as he's been writing them. And in that time I've recommended various books to people of a variety of ages. However, as fun as his books can be, not nearly enough of them were appropriate for younger readers.

I was very excited to see this title added to his small, but growing list of books geared towards younger readers. I think that this book is the first that would be appropriate for upper middle school readers.

Some of the complaints of one of the other reviewers are, to me, some of the strengths of this book for a younger audience. The narration stays fairly tightly focused on the two main characters: TJ & Elizabeth. The secondary characters are developed based on the amount of interaction TJ and Elizabeth have with them. And while both girls do change to varying degrees within the short time period of the book, the changes do not seem entirely implausible if you consider all that happens in that time.

This is a fine tale of how friends can change your life and yourself when you let them. And it is a fun entry into the rather large fantasy world of Charles de Lint.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on September 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Charles de Lint once said, "The fey wonders of the world only exist while there are those with the sight to see them."

Magical Folk are very particular who they appear to and not every Tom, Dick, or Mary can see them.

T.J., in LITTLE (GRRL) LOST, has the sight.

Scritch, scritch, scritch.....

T.J. has been hearing that sound for days now as she lay in her bed at night. Each time she turns on her light to investigate, the noises stop. She hopes its not mice making the racket. It didn't sound like mice and when she leaned her ear up against the baseboard she thought she actually heard....voices. Crazy, huh?

But then the impossible happened -- a door in the wall suddenly opened, splashing a stream of light, and out walked a little girl with bright blue hair and a dufflebag slung over her shoulder. She looked to be about six inches tall. Her parents were demanding that she come back this instant.

T.J. thought she was dreaming, but yet she was wide awake and this little girl was talking to her. She had a huge attitude, making her seem much taller than her six inches. It turned out that they had a lot in common and that night was the start of a friendship.

With two plots running, the main lesson learned from this story is that it doesn't matter if you are a Little or a Big, learning about yourself is a growing process that at times takes you on journeys you never would have imagined.

I didn't read much fantasy until a student put one of Charles de Lint's books in my hand - from that moment on I was hooked. His work (at least the ones I have read) I find to be engaging and easy to read. LITTLE (GRRL) LOST, his newest offering, is no exception. I finished it within a couple of hours.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on November 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Little (Grrl) Lost" is Charles De Lint's latest novel set in the fictitious city of Newford, the setting for much of De Lint's work that helped to establish the urban fantasy genre. "The Blue Girl" from 2006 is another novel set in Newford (Cliff note plot to that book: Punky teen Imogen wants to start fresh, and mistake-free, when her family moves to Newford. She makes friends with Maxine, straight-laced girl with an overprotective mother. As time passes the girls observe strange happenings at their school and wind up matching wits with some very mean fairies among other things.)

The story in "Little (Grrl) Lost" is refreshingly straightforward for a fantasy: Fourteen-year-old T.J. is furious when her family has to leave their farm and move to Newford. To makes matter worse, T.J. has to leave behind her horse, Red, and her best friend. T.J. has a hard time adjusting to city life and making new friends--until she meets Elizabeth: a punky teenager who lives with her family in the walls of T.J.'s house. Elizabeth is a Little by name. And literally, standing only six inches tall.

As time passes, the girls form an unlikely friendship and begin an even more surprising adventure as they navigate their way through Little-lore and the urban streets of Newford as T.J. tries to help Elizabeth find her way in the Big world (and maybe find her own place in Newford at the same time).

This novel is extremely complicated stylistically. The story is told in multiple points-of-view with varying narration styles. The amazing thing about this technique is that De Lint still manages to create a seamless narration. He transitions between sections easily without being redundant or leaving the reader at a loss.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ryani on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have been an avid fan of Mr. De Lint, ever since I picked up a copy of Waifs and Strays. Waifs and Strays showed me that Charles De Lint was a writer capable of taking youth seriously-of not attempting to be 'edgy,' of not pretending to be someone he wasn't. I felt like he wasn't making some sort of leap and bound to get into our heads, he was just using teenagers as characters, playing off their hopes, dreams, and insecurities the same as any other types of characters. When I read his 2004 novel, The Blue Girl, I was reaffirmed. Maxine was a believable teenager, struggling to live up to the pressures mounted upon her by her mother, while Imogen was a teenager who was wise beyond her years, simply from having made almost every possible mistake at a young age. These characters never seemed like they were written for teenagers, simply that they were written. Sadly, this sets them apart from Charles De Lint's newest YA novel, Little (Grrl) Lost. The title itself is rather annoying, using a cutesy phrase, and adding a rather mundane piece of teen slang smack dab in the middle, while at the same time making a quite obvious pun on the word, "Little." However, I'm not here to talk about the title. I'm here to talk about the work. While I must say that I found it enjoyable, I can't say that I thought it was good. To say that the two are the same is to place Meg Cabot and Charles Dickens on nearly the same literary tier. Little (Grrl) Lost is an easy read. If I thought that anything Charles De Lint wrote was meant to be 'easy,' than I would simply give him a pat on the head for this book. To be completely honest, I don't understand where Charles De Lint was trying to go with this book.Read more ›
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