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Little (Grrl) Lost Hardcover – Bargain Price, 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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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.
It was not badly written but this story seems more appropriate as part of an anthology than a stand alone.
It also seems like someone was asking him to write a story that teens could read so it was missing a lot of what makes CDL so interesting, the dark side of his storys. Not that this is neccessarily a kids book but it was so close to being one I was suprised and how the dark plot points were pretty much glossed over.
I've started "Dingo" the CDL book I ordered but it has already become apparant it the same kind of book and I'm just not all that sure I care for this lighter, shorter and less mature style CDL story unless it is within a larger volume of stories. As it is I actually regret paying for these books only and feel short changed.
A family moves into a new surburban home, and soon a family of "Littles" secretly moves in with them. Littles are small folk about six inches high who live unknown in the homes of the Bigs--the normal folks (that's us). One of the Littles dughters is a teenager, with generation type problems--she dies her hair neon blue, wears very short skirts, and hates her parents. The obvious cure is for her to run away from home.
From there, things get conplicated. And very interesting. Charles de Lint has done an excellant job of writting an unpredicable novel here that will not allow you to set it down. I think it is aimed at a younger reading audience, but I liked it too.
I thought the development of the two girls was great, as well as the introduction of magical characters like gnomes, fairies, and the Rat King. I felt that some of the other characters were a little lacking, especially Geoff and Sheri. But the plot moved along at a good pace, and it was great to see T.J. and Elizabeth grow-they were both very believable characters. This is a good book for anyone who enjoys young adult fiction, as well as modern fantasy.
As others have pointed out the novel is aimed at younger readers, low to mid teens I'd say - which is why, as an adult, I have rated it 3 stars. For a teen it would be 4 stars.