Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles de Lint

By Charles de Lint

While fourteen-year-old TJ and her family members are compelled to maneuver from their farm to the suburbs, she has to renounce her cherished horse, Red—but she makes a shocking new buddy. Elizabeth is a "Little," a six-inch-high punked-out teenager with an angle, who has run clear of domestic to make her approach on the planet. TJ and Elizabeth—the monstrous and the Little—soon develop into neighbors, yet each one speedy unearths herself in a really life-threatening scenario, and they're not able to aid one another. Little (Grrl) Lost is a pleasant blend of realism, magic, humor, and desire, and is certain to win Charles de Lint many new teenager and grownup fanatics.

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T J . never read the newspaper, but they had an assign­ ment for history where they had to take a current news story from the paper and show how it might be written up in a history book years from now. It seemed like a stupid exercise to T J . How were you supposed to know what would be important enough to make it into a history book? Especially this week, when there was nothing of major importance in the news. Or at least it seemed like that k i n d of week, since her father hadn't gone into one of his lectures of "what was the world coming t o ?

No. I d o n t know. I'm trying to make the best of it, okay? W h i c h is more than I can say for you. A l l you do is go around with a big chip on your shoulder. H o w does that make it better for you or anybody around y o u ? J. blinked in surprise. "I a m ? " Elizabeth shrugged. " Neither of them said anything for a long moment. J. finally asked. I guess. " W e could try to find your family," T J . went on. "Or some other Littles. " T J . rolled her eyes. " ((j I guess.... " Elizabeth nodded.

Said. " "I said I would, didn't I ? " "And you won't talk to strangers? " " W h a t about M s . " T J . asked. " "I'm just kidding. " Her mother nodded and found a small smile that didn't hide her worry. "I know you do. I just wanted to remind you. It s my job to nag. J. finished for her. " Her mother kissed the top of her head. "I'll see you this afternoon. J. finally escaped into the garage. She wheeled her bike out onto the driveway, then shut the door behind her. Checking to make sure no one was watching, she twisted her head and spoke to her backpack.

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