Lost Gip by Hesba Stretton.
One stormy night Gip was missing. "Gip" is short for Gipsy because she had dark black eyes and black hair. Sandy continued to search for Gip and made good friends with John and Mrs. Shafto, who became his spiritual mentors. Mr. Shafto, a Scrooge-like character, badly needed a change of heart and is helped by Sandy. A street preacher spoke of Christ seeking those that are lost, which becomes the theme of the story, with John 19:10: "The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. "—Curiosmith (2012).
"Full of valuable instruction both for young and old."—Belfast News Letter (1873).
"The story is told most tenderly and touchingly, and is quite beautiful."—Literary Churchman (1873).
"Full of tender touches."—Nonconformist (1873).
"An exquisitely touching little story."—Church Herald (1873).
"Prettily told . . . Will be a favourite with young people."—Echo (1876).
"One of the most simply touching tales we ever read."—Brighton Gazette (1876).
"We cordially recommend this little volume to the attention of our readers."—Nonconformist (1877).
It simple interest and excellent religious teaching cannot fail to produce a strong and beneficial impression.—Queen (1879).
- Chapter 1 — Gip's First Breath
- Chapter 2 — Gip's Home
- Chapter 3 — Lost in London
- Chapter 4 — Lost in Jerusalem
- Chapter 5 — A New Friend
- Chapter 6 — Mrs. Shafto
- Chapter 7 — A Sad Sight
- Chapter 8 — Mr. Shafto
- Chapter 9 — Seeking the Lost
- Chapter 10 — Is It True?
- Chapter 11 — An Awakened Conscience
- Chapter 12 — Two Mothers
- Chapter 13 — Johnny's Sunday Suit
- Chapter 14 — Passing Away
- Chapter 15 — Found at Last
- Chapter 16 — Gone
- Chapter 17 — A Vision
- Chapter 18 — Leaving the Old Home
- Chapter 19 — The End
- Sandy — the boy who takes care of Gip, the main character.
- Gip — the small child, short for "Gypsy."
- Nancy Carroll — the drunken mother of Sandy and Gip.
- Mrs. Shafto — a kindhearted mother.
- John Shafto — a friendly boy on crutches.
- Mr. Shafto — a selfish man who's heart needed to change.