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Little (Grrl) Lost

(Newford #16)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,901 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Fourteen-year-old TJ and her family are forced to move from their farm to the suburbs. She has to give up her beloved horse, Red, but she makes a surprising new friend. Elizabeth is a Little, a six-inch-high punked-out teen with an attitude, who has run away from home to make her way in the world. TJ, the Big, and Elizabeth, the Little, soon become friends, but each quickl ...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published September 30th 2007 by Viking Children's Books (first published September 6th 2007)
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Jun 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, ya
This is the 20th book in the Newford series. It's one of the several YA books in the series, although the intended audience for this one seems to be a bit younger than his other YA books.

While it was cute for what it was, I'll admit that I hold the author's The Blue Girl as the standard by which all his YA books are measured. This one fell far short of it, especially because the voices of the characters just didn't feel authentic. I had this problem with Dingo, too, but it was especially ampli
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 10-14 year old girls
Cute little story, but nothing really special, and definitely seems to be geared more for the younger end of tha YA spectrum.

"Goody-two-shoes" girl learns to stand up for herself... "chip on the shoulder" girl learns to trust and be more open with others... mayhaps happen, everything's nicely resolved and everyone's happy... The end.
Rain Misoa
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: For the curious... otherwise, no.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
This book was... blah... yeah, I know... not very informative. Let me elaborate for you. I enjoyed the first half of the book. It was great. I loved the characters, the plot was interesting, I love the world, and the concept of "Littles" was very intriguing. I had absolutely no complaints for the first half of the book. Then I read the second half... and I was bored out of my mind. It just went downhill. I don't get it. It was going so well. I was really into it. Mostly because of the fantasy el ...more
Nicole Luiken
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming story of a teen newly moved to the city and the Little (as in six-inch high) girl she befriends, with plenty of adventures and cool world bits along the way.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first De Lint book. What a fun read!
Emma (Miss Print)
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: (urban) fantasy fans
"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 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 a
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: faves
Like my rating was OK.
Chloe S
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I read through this so I could put it on my classroom shelf (and thus get it off my own), but I can't say that I strongly recommend it. The set up for the story is a nifty one--an isolated and uncertain teenage girl meets another, older girl, whose "take no prisoners" attitude doesn't quite mask the fact that she is equally at sea in her life, and who happens to be only 6 inches high--but it doesn't really go anywhere from there. Having read the short story that this came from, I feel as if De L ...more
Sarah B
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and entertaining read. The story moves smoothly and quickly. Sections alternate between the viewpoints of the teen human girl TJ and the teen but very tiny Little called Elizabeth.

During most of the story Elizabeth is out on her own in the big world and she meets lots of interesting characters, including other types of creatures like gnomes. She is very spunky and tough, out to chase her dream (but she doesn't really know if she wants it). She has heard a rumour that Littles can
Charles de Lint is one of my favourite authors. This was a YA story set in Newford (without it being named). I think because it was YA I felt something was missing. I felt for the young girl who'd had to leave all her friends behind as that happened to me. But the usual mixture of fantasy and reality, didn't really lead to any interesting revelations or changes of perspective like normally in his books. The fairy side seemed almost as mundane as the normal. The plot was basic and unfortunately i ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Another great story from de Lint with the main character meeting a Little. Littles are only 6" tall people who live in the walls of our houses. The main character, T.J. is no more certain about all of this than you or I would be. Likely intended for the young adult audience, the story doesn't pander and is enjoyable from an adult perspective as well.
Amanda Scaramella
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, novel
I really liked it - good pacing, interesting characters, solid plot, and great character arcs

My one complaint, make it four star instead of five, would be how the ending had a classic fairytale feel - “...and they all lived happily ever after!” Well it is Urban Fantasy...

I did like how there was a bit of an afterword to wrap up a few loose ends but kept enough open to wonder what if
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Punk borrowers...what could be better?
Ania Bula
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining romp that doesnt shy away from heavy topics
Katie Burroughs
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not sure how I feel about it now because it's been so long since I've read this. But I loved this book when I was a kid and I'm thinking of maybe reading it again.
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Aside from the slightly annoying (aka forced teenage-sounding) dialogue which I guess I just have to accept is the way Charles de Lint writes his YA fiction, I rather enjoyed this book. The concept isn't particularly original but the characters are fun to follow and the cliche romance isn't as completely cliche as I feared it would be when T.J. first met Geoff and then Jaime (I was honestly dreading a love triangle so anything was better than that). The whole goblin market scene was great and I ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
(Original review posted on my livejournal account)

Why I Read It: I came across this title the same time as when found What I Was by Meg Rosoff: they were both on a bargain clearance table for $2 each, for the hardcover! At this point, I had only read The Blue Girl by de Lint, and while it didn't blow me away, I had still heard so much about him and his Newford series that I decided to pick it anyway. It's not like it could hurt with it being so cheap. I read this during my reading week because while I/>Why
Layla Bing
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Little (Grrl) Lost is one of the latest in Charles de Lint's popular Newford series. Widely credited as the father of the contemporary magic realism genre, de Lint is best known for his stories set in the vaguely North American city known as Newford, where strange magical occurrences are the everyday norm for those who know where to look. Though I personally think that short stories are de Lint's real strength, I have enjoyed several of his novels including, most notably, the popular The Blue Gi ...more
Midnyte Reader
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
In de Lint’s world of Newford, help and friendship come unbidden, when you most need it and when you least expect it.

I really enjoyed this book and especially the relationship between T.J. and Elizabeth. They have a sibling-esque dynamic and they play well off each other. Even though Elizabeth is only six inches tall, she is fierce, independent, sassy and wants more than being a Little has to offer. She encourages (almost berates) T.J. to take chances and to take advantage of being a “Big”, bec
Jennifer Wardrip
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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.
I was really excited about this book because it features Littles. Having been a fan of stories and movies featuring little people (such as The Borrowers) this book seemed like it would be an easy win. The Little of the book, Elizabeth, did not disappoint. She was a fun character to read as she had a lot of attitude and went on enough adventures to back it up. It was fun following her as she discovered the faerie world she never knew existed, and how she struggles to find a place where she belong ...more
***Thoughts after re-reading the story after ten years and taking off two stars***
I am still charmed by the story line as a whole and by the inter-species friendships. I wholeheartedly enjoyed every szene told from "Little" Elizabeth's point of view, the world-building of the goblin market, the small human Mina, who had been raised by fairies, the goblin called Ratcatcher and all that. But I quickly became annoyed by that exhausting number of bad guys/creeps that populate T.J.'s new city life: Around
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ehh, this one was okay. I think it was written towards a much younger teen audience than some of De Lint's other teen fiction. Maybe more for tweens than teens. At least, it seemed so this time. Maybe I'm just being especially mature today. I doubt it, though. =)

Today, I was a little irked by the idyllic family TJ's is. Sure, they have issues, but it seemed like he was trying too hard to make the teens in the family be understanding and not get mad at their parents. TJ was entirely too rational
Sarah Sammis
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Having so enjoyed three books by Charles de Lint, I decided to try one of his young adult books. I chose at random Little (Grrl) Lost.

TJ has been forced to move into the city of Newford from the country. She misses her horse and the freedom she had. On her first night in her new room she meets Elizabeth, a teenaged Little looking for the same freedoms as TJ, except that she's willing to runaway from home to get them.

With the introduction of Littles into the novel, I was a
Deborah Ideiosepius
In this charming little book our main character T.J has just had to move to the outer suburbs of Newford with her family when their farming business failed. She is lonely and displaced, not made any friends or a place for herself in her new life.

One night, she is trying to catch the sound of mice she suspects are living in the walls, when a tiny door opens and a tiny teenage girl comes out, Elizabeth is sassy and is shouting to the rest of her family behind the door that she is going
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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At first, T.J. thought it was mice. The scritch scritch scratching coming from the walls. It didn’t bother her – thinking mice were living in her walls. It reminded her of the old farmhouse she grew up in, and took away from her dislike of the new house. The scratching noises coming from the walls started to comfort T.J. – until the night when the noises changed. Lying on the floor, head close to the part of the wall where she heard the sound most often, T.J. realized that the scrat
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, y-a
***mild spoilers***

Charles de Lint is probably my favorite Urban fantasy author at the moment. There are other authors who tell a great tale, but his writing has something extra special (almost as though he's BEEN to his worlds.. not just imagined them).

However this was very nearly a 3 star read and only saved itself in the last half of the book.

Yes, it is YA so I'm not technically the target audience. However, that means authors have to work HARDER to write good stories
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Charles De Lint- Little (Grrl) Lost (Viking 2007) 3.75 Stars

T.J. was forced to sell her best friend in the world, her horse Red, when they moved from their country home to the suburbs. Feeling all alone and friendless, she comes upon a Little by accident. Elizabeth is a teenage Little with attitude and she has just been found by a Big. Now her family is fleeing the house and she is finding out that living without family is not all that it is cracked up to be. There are rumours in the
Jul 27, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this book primarily because I love Charles de Lint's work, I adore Newford and I wanted to have read the complete roster of his works. While I think that this book is a good introduction to his world for younger readers, I personally found it difficult to get through. I read YA literature on a regular basis, and this book is definitely aimed at the younger spectrum of YA readers. This being considered, the problems I had were not with the book itself but the fact that I found it difficult ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 13-25
T.J. and Elizabeth come from two different worlds. T.J. is fourteen, and her family had to move to the suburbs from the farm. She had to give up her horse Red, and she and her best friend are drifting apart because of the distance. Elizabeth has a big attitude and dresses like a punk. She is also a Little, and is about six inches tall. She is also living the walls of T.J.'s house. The two of them become tentative friends, but then disaster strikes, and they are separated when they need friends t ...more
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