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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 September 2007
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. I think what I like most about his work is that it is not hardcore dark fantasy. Instead, it is contemporary fiction with all of the fantastical elements needed to be considered a fantasy selection - fairies, gnomes, goblins, and other magical creatures.

Reviewed by: coollibrarianchick
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on 31 January 2012
Relatively new to Charles de Lint, having followed the usual 'customers who bought this' links chez Amazon, but over all this book was engaging. Admittedly I'm older than the intended readership, but I still found a lot to enjoy here. The tone matches the content perfectly, and the prose is efficient without being simplistic or patronising. there is a freshness and an optimism to the tale, and it is perhaps reassuring that things tend to work out for the best, eventually. There was threat, loss and romance, and the plot hammers along at breakneck speed. My only reservation is that the ideas are not particularly original. Not only (and stating your influences in the text doesn't soften this blow) could this have been written by Mary Norton - without the more sinister nastiness of The Borrible Trilogy: "The Borribles", "The Borribles Go for Broke", "Across the Dark Metropolis" to offset the cuteness - but also anyone who has read the peerless, darkly comedic and haunting Neverwhere: The Author's Preferred Text (Neil Gaiman) will note the market scene with some disdain (right down to the 'market truce'). I appreciate that (almost) everything has been said that is worth saying, but although it is well written and the plot excellently paced, the content could have done with a little more imaginative attention.
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on 7 December 2010
This title is manly for the younger reader, although it still has theDe Lint feel and helps build up his vision of the otherworlds interaction with this one. Worth a read by the avid fan.
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on 21 November 2011
My boy first read this arounnd the age of 8, then went on to read lots of other De Lint titles. A great gift for young readers and all De Lint fans.
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