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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031609062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316090629
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "The story is action-packed with realistic characters and an unusual setting. This is an adventure story readers will wish to read more than once, a must for your survival fans."—Library Media Connection (starred review)

"Strong and provocative, offering readers a forum to discuss friendship, blame, forgiveness and situational morality."—Kirkus Reviews

"Kelly's writing brings to life the slow, mounting terror of being stranded on an island. You can taste the coconuts as clearly as you can smell the stench of death in the air. Lost Girls is impossible to put down!"—Galaxy Craze, author of The Last Princess

"A thrilling story of girls fighting the wild - and the wildness within. I loved this dangerous tale and its brilliant, prickly heroine."—Karen Healey, author of Guardian of the Dead and The Shattering

About the Author

Ann Kelley is a novelist, poet and photographer and lives on the edge of a cliff in Cornwall with her husband and two cats. After surviving several winter disasters including being struck by lightning they now move into town during the worst of the weather, to live next door to her daughter and grandchildren.

Ann has won several awards including the Costa Children's Book of the Year in 2007 for her novel, Bower Bird. Lost Girls is her first novel for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, originally published under the title Koh Tabu by Oxford University Press in the UK in April 2010. Ann invites you to visit her online at www.annkelley.co.uk.

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I'll just come out and say it, I didn't like LOST GIRLS.
Andrea Thompson
The characters are all pretty bland and dislikable and the writing style is so distracting and simplistic that it was hard for me to concentrate on the story.
annababyy
One thing I will say that I didn't like is that the book synopsis gives far too much away.
Amanda Welling

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on July 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I gushed over the synopsis of Lost Girls when I first read it. A bunch of girls stranded on a forbidden foreign island during times of war? Where can I sign up? The funny thing is, it reminded me of Lord of the Flies and I absolutely hate that book. I don't know if it was the style of the writing, the fact that all of the characters in LOTF were male and I couldn't connect, or if my evil 10th grade English teacher scarred me for life. I'm leaning towards the last excuse, because that lady was a demon in sheep's clothing, I swear. In any case, even though I hated LOTF, I found the synopsis of Lost Girls captivating. I loved Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and the T.V. show Lost and Gilligan's Island, so I know I like this sort of thing. And just look at the cover! Whoever came up with that did a really nice job catching my attention.

First 50 Pages: I immediately really liked the setting of the story. Lost Girls takes place during the Vietnam War, but there weren't too many references back to that time period. I almost wished that the author would have included more of that era into this book because this book could almost be read as a contemporary. I also liked the fact that the story is based on a true event. One thing I will say that I didn't like is that the book synopsis gives far too much away. When one of the characters dies right in the beginning of the story, it didn't affect me at all because I knew that it was coming because the synopsis told me so. I did however, like the way that the book was written. The story is told in the form of journal entries, which is always a hit or miss. With this book, it somehow works and I liked gaining a perspective into the mind of the main protagonist. It was different and I enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Thompson on July 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'll just come out and say it, I didn't like LOST GIRLS. So, to spare you and myself, I'll make this short.

I can't even give a definite reason to back that up, either, which makes me feel like a jerk. It's odd, really, since I typically love survival stories. LOST is maybe my favorite show ever, and I even loved Castaway. I think the reason I didn't like LOST GIRLS is the narrative. The entire story is told through the eyes of Bonnie, a teenage girl living in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The story read as a "stream of consciousness" which is a hit-or-miss for me. Bonnie is by turns horrified, hysterical, numb, detached and angry. All of those reactions are understandable, but it made reading the story a chore for me. Oh, and there was a scene that was total "WTF"-ery for me. It was bizarre, surreal, and unexplained.

I will say this for LOST GIRLS, the author didn't sugar coat the story at all. The girls endured horrific circumstances, realistic dangers, and extreme brutality in their living conditions. So while this made for fairly gross scenarios, I appreciate the author made the story as realistic as possible.

LOST GIRLS just wasn't the book for me. If this had been a book that I happened to pick up, rather than received from the publisher, I wouldn't have finished it. I also kept reading because I wanted to know if the girls were rescued, and who survived. This was not due to an investment in the characters, but simple curiosity. I hate that I felt that way, since I'm usually an empathetic reader, but there you have it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yara Santos on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The story is about a group of Amelia Earhart cadets, young daughters of those Americans stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War. The group of young cadets were heading out excitedly on a camping trip to an island off the coast, when they are caught up in a raging storm. The boatman manages to steer them to the nearest island, although he refuses to set foot on it even with the waters overcoming the small boat. He deposits the group of girls and their one chaperon, Mrs. Campbell, on the island and steers right back to the mainland. Leaving the girls to imagine they'd be picked up in 3 days time, as planned.

Our narrator is fourteen year old, Bonnie. I felt she had such presence among the group. She can be annoyingly indecisive, but considering the situation and her age, it's easy to get past. As for Mrs. Campbell, the only adult accompanying the group of girls on the trip, she's useless in every way. She drinks the liquor she stashed in her bag rather than disinfect one girl's injury and smokes joints she brought on the trip, even encouraging a couple of the girls to smoke with her. Bonnie and her best friend, Jas, were the ones that kept the group in motion and in survival mode.

In the first couple of chapters, there is a loss that caught me so off guard it made me suddenly teary when I realized what happened. The scenarios the girls find themselves in are written so realistically that you can almost feel the grit of the sand in your mouth along with them. You can hear the squeals of the wild boars and monkeys on that island. This story was all about survival. The chapters were scattered with entries from Bonnie's personal journal that she kept while stranded.
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