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The Lost Frost Girl

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  590 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
From debut author Amy Wilson comes a story brimming with heart about a normal girl who discovers that she is really Jack Frost’s daughter—with winter powers of her very own. The Lost Frost Girl is an enchanting modern-day fairy tale about family, friendship, and the magic of embracing who you are meant to be.

Owl has the kind of mom who would name her Owl, a dad she’s never
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Sarah Churchill
Technically a middlegrade, but with definite crossover appeal, A Girl Called Owl is the story of a girl who really wants to know who her father is, and when she finally finds him he's not at all what she expected or wanted.

This whimsical, magical story is very almost fairytale, but not quite. It somehow has a grounded, real world feeling to it, despite the 'mythical' characters that feature in the adventure. This is probably down to the very real family problems of Owl and her best friend. I rea
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I was very kindly sent a copy of A Girl Called Owl (ARC) in exchange for an honest review! Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars!

This debut Middle-Grade novel was one that generally kept me interested in reading to the finish, however, I felt that there was something a little bit missing and I'm not really sure what. It was a good read with good pacing, the world-building between the two worlds (Our world/fantasy world) was written well. The storyline follows a young girl called Owl who dreams of finding
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book! It was everything I wanted from a story - magical, mythical, fantastical but based in reality. I really loved the elements of bringing in natural characters and human characters. This book is one I will definitely read over and over at winter time.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right now, I'm kinda wishing my mom named me Owl.
La La
Really disappointing. It has a wonderful premise, but it is overflowing with problems. I'll be back with specifics, it's too early in the morning to be analytical. Ha ha.
Suad Shamma
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2018
Very simply put, this is the story of a girl named Owl, who has always wanted to find her father and know who he is, except when she finally does, it is nothing like she expected.

That was it simply put...but there was nothing simple about this story. It was a well structured plot with interesting secondary plot lines that keep you invested in the characters. Filled with fairytale creatures, magical realms and wonderful scenery, it transports you (along with Owl and her friends) to different worl
A Girl Called Owl was a cute story that did not have a whole lot of depth. Thematically, it seemed like it would be more of a young adult novel, but in reality, felt much more like a middle grade novel. This was mostly due to the way the book was written as well as the characters and story itself.

The writing was quite simplistic, which in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. It actually suited the style in which the story was told, with a linear plot and younger characters. It did feel like the
Naomi Bowen
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually happen to know the author of this book and have seen the long journey she went through to get her first book published And I'm so pleased for her that it's happened!

Call me biased but I loved this book.

Amy has a beautiful writing style and this book is full of stunning images and vivid descriptions.

There are some well known characters from folk tales as well as some new creations. They all live in the Fae court which was one of my favourite parts.

But as magical as this story is, i
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cute, well-written, entertaining story perfect for tween audiences looking for a fantasy read. The story is original and interesting. It's a nice light read for older audiences as well. I love the name "Owl" and thought the story had some nice twists.
Though the book is original as a whole, there are elements of the story similar to other fairy tales and children's stories.
I would rate it 4.6-4.7
My copy of this book was obtained from a Goodreads giveaway.
Ms. Yingling
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss
Enjoyed, but probably won't buy because I don't have a lot of fantasy readers. This is the strongest contender for one I might purchase. It starts in the "real" world, has a few friend and family problems, and has a fairy/folk tale connection. Still, the same can be said of Houts' Winterfrost, Prineas' Winterling, Constable's The Wolf Princess. or Rudnick's A Frozen Heart, none of which have been circulating very well.
‘A Girl Called Owl’ is an enchanting and whimsical middle grade story about a young girl searching for the father she has never met but longs to know. There is something so magical about this book, an atmospheric, dreamlike quality to the prose that conjures up the ambiance of a folkloric fantasy right at home in the modern world. It is richly imagined and beautifully written, a fairy tale winter wonderland filled with stunningly evocative imagery, detailed descriptions and vivid symbolism that ...more
Rita Mariani
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
[DNF at 43%]
Karen Whittard
Thank you NetGalley and A.J.Wills for an advanced copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

This book has bags of potential. I liked the characters in this book and it was nice to have some light relief from everything that is happening in the world at the moment.

Imagine if your parents called you Owl? Imagine after that your favourite animal is an Owl, and you love the winter and feel draw to it like a magnet.

Owl mum is a artist woman who is always away with the fairies and lives in a d
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson seemed like a perfect Wintery, Christmassy read for this time of year; the story of Jack Frost's daughter. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed.

A Girl Called Owl is more upper middle grade, so where I thought it would feel like a children's book, full of that wonderful magical, enchanting feeling you get with reading some children's books (like A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig), it was missing from this one. And thou
Suze Lavender
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen-year-old Owl has an artistic mother, that's why she has a strange first name. Her mother often tells her stories about frosted faraway places filled with magic, but she doesn't tell Owl what she wants to know the most, who her father is. Owl can talk about her problems with her best friend, but she keeps feeling alone. Drawing owls help her to feel a bit of comfort, but she misses having a father.

When frost starts to appear on Owl's skin Owl doesn't know what's happening to her. As the
Katrina Southern
Pan Macmillan were so generous in allowing me a copy of this book to read, and after reading and adoring 'Heartless' I wanted to read another of theirs that was a little more themed around Winter. This is of course Amy Wilson's debut, and a middle-grade book that is aimed at an audience younger than myself. Still, I was intrigued by the inclusion of the famous figure Jack Frost and some other folklore characters, not to mention the magical synopsis and pretty cover. It seemed like the perfect ch ...more
Whispering Words...
This was a charming read that captivated both my heart and imagination. A story of magic, myth and self-discovery, this was a truly delightful book. I can’t wait to read more from this author - and I would love to see Owl’s story continue.

Owl has always been told she is special, but only when she starts creating icicles — and freezing her science homework — does she begin to understand just how special she is. She’s never known her dad, and now evidence points Owl toward a man of myth and legend
A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson follows titular character Owl as she begins to discover strange new powers, leading her to uncover the truth about her mysterious father. I recieved a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Beneath the frost, this story is so full of warmth: the characters are full of life and their interactions throughout were a joy to read. Seeing Owl become closer with both a new friend and an old one alongside watching her relationship with her father
Melanie Dulaney
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
(Review of digital ARC from EdelweissPlus) This librarian of 4th/5th graders will definitely be buying this book for at least one of her libraries! Fantasy is my genre and while I generally lean more towards dragons and darker magic, this piece of fantasy was outstanding. What a great concept-- Jack Frost and the North Wind battling with the Queen of May and the Earl of October with the Lady of the Lake trying to stay out of the ruckus and Mother Earth having to step in to reestablish the harmon ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book is better suited for young teenagers. True. However, for a light quick reading, I believe it's suited for anybody who loves fantasy. The plot wasn't distinct, but then it wasn't uninteresting either. The characters are simple, and behave like normal people. The best thing is, it's like the story is grounded in reality. Although Owl's age isn't mentioned, I have a feeling that she is either in 7th or 8th grade, and she behaves accordingly. I actually like the cover. It's simple, yet bea ...more
an Intriguing twist on mother nature , jack frost and the life of a girl called owl.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, ya-fantasy
The combination of mythology, magic and a haunting landscape make this a memorable debut that is sure to entrance its readers. Review at
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars.

I liked the beginning of the book. I really did and I thought that I was going to end with such a whimsical and magical and warm feeling. I didn't. The main character, Owl, didn't feel real to me and in about one-thirds in the book she was starting to get infuriating, frustrating, and absolutely stupid. The plot was simple and the writing was good. The only characters I did like were Mallory, Alberic, Isolde, and for some reason; Jack. I got disappointed not even halfway through the book
I am rather fond of coming-of-age stories, and Amy Wilson's A Girl Called Owl appealed to me when I was scouring Netgalley's recent releases. It started off really well, and caught my interest. I was unsure as to whether the fantasy element would put me off, as it's not a genre I tend to read. Whilst this fantastical side of the story was quite a simple idea, Wilson handled it well, and it helped to move the plot along nicely.

Some of Wilson's prose was lovely, but a lot of the dialogue between t
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I received an arc copy and I ended up reading it in a few days
Nick Phillips
This is the first of three novels written for children that I will be reading over the next couple of weeks ahead of attending an interview and reading by the three of them at the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Though the protagonist is thirteen A Girl Called Owl is most suitable for readers a few years younger being fairly simplistic in style with no overly complex plots or challenging characterisation. At heart, if one strips away all the magical elements this is the story of a young ...more
Nannette Demmler
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story about family and friendship. There are lots of likable characters and some despicable ones too. There is also a very well thought out plot that has a nice juxtaposition between their real lives and the magical one. I really like hos the author took the mythology behind the Jack Frost character and developed a world around it.

Owl is an interesting character. She is desperate to know who her real father is, but her mother is always a bit vague about it. Her mother does t
Katniss Rylee
An average book. Actually, 2.5 stars.
Well...some parts were difficult to understand. And you know there are pages decorated with winter snowflakes or autumn leaves. And one thing's for sure: I don't understand at all. So it's the same as skipping maybe...10-20 pages of this book?
The good reviews I've seen aren't that...I mean, you know..."real" in that sense. Obviously different readers have their own opinions, I know that perfectly well! But since this is my personal review, I have to write pr
Young At Heart Reader
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: junior-fiction
I'll admit, the only reason I picked up this book is because Jack Frost is in it. Ever since I was a kid, I loved seeing specials or reading books that involved this character. I love winter, frost, snow, all that fun stuff. So whenever I see that he's in something, naturally I'm drawn to it.

This book really didn't bring any enjoyment that I usually have with Jack Frost involved story. Sure, it's not about him, mainly his daughter, but even that would be passable if she and the story were intere
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I was pretty surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Usually with cover picks, I have low chances of finding a book that I like. Not so with The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson.

Owl has been experiencing strange things . . . or, she's been causing them? Winter is beginning and Owl discovers a secret her mother has refused to tell her all her life: Jack Frost is Owl's father. Setting out to find the elemental may lead to consequences Owl isn't ready to face. These consequences might mean her dea
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Amy Wilson has a background in journalism and lives in Bristol with her young family. She is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing and has many owls in her house, from drawer handles to cushions. She is still waiting for them to speak to her...

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