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MFAC Faculty Anne Ursu’s Newest Book to be Adapted into Series Produced by Drew Barrymore


As part of a new partnership between EOne and The Mother Company, The Lost Girl by MFAC faculty member Anne Ursu is being adapted into an hour-long series executive produced by Drew Barrymore under her Flower Films production company. The Lost Girl was chosen as one of two titles being adapted as part of a plan by EOne set in motion to venture into the young adult media space by creating impactful media for young adults to enjoy.

The Lost Girl, a riveting middle grade fantasy, follows twin sisters Iris and Lark as they navigate fifth grade in separate classes, individuality as twin sisters, and the magic that lies just under the surface in their home city of Minneapolis. The book is a testament to girlhood, sisterhood, and the power of female friendships. 

The magic that Anne Ursu, former playwright and master of staging, is able to weave into the pages of her books will surely come to life on the screen for audience members of all ages to enjoy. 

Anne Ursu is also the author of Breadcrumbs, The Lost Boy (a National Book Award Finalist), and The Cronus Chronicles. Anne’s books prove that anyone can take charge and be the heroes of their own stories. Hamline's Creative Writing Programs are thrilled to hear of The Lost Girl ‘s development into a TV series and grateful for Anne Ursu’s presence on Hamline’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults faculty. 

Critical Praise for The Lost Girl

“As intriguing as it is eerie, this imaginative tale by Ursu (The Real Boy) is told from the point of view of the crow, who observes Iris’s actions and emotions as she faces life and peril, for the first time without her sister. This suspenseful mystery offers a story of empowerment, showing how one girl with the help of others can triumph.” -Publishers Weekly starred review

“National Book Award nominee Ursu laces her story with fairy-tale elements and real-life monsters, while taking great care to cast girls in an empowering light and as authors (and heroes) of their own stories. It is a layered, mysterious tale that will speak to many and brushes the world with magic.” -Booklist starred review

The Lost Girl

Walden Pond Press 2019