Monday, February 3, 2014

The Lost Boy

The Lost Boy
by Greg Ruth

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Graphix 
 
Nate's story might at first seem rather commonplace. He moves to new town unwillingly where he stumbles upon a mystery and makes a new friend, eventually accepting the move and even liking the new locale. However, the ancient tape recorder that Nate finds in his new house leads him to some interesting people that aren't quite what they seem. The story of the Lost Boy and the strange creatures living in the forest is fascinating with just the right amount of spooky. This is a graphic novel with amazingly detailed black and white illustrations. They are moody and atmospheric, adding to the creepiness of the mystery that Nate is caught up in. I think kids 5th grade and older will be the best audience as some parts are fairly intense. The end was left just a wee bit open so there will likely be more. The format is brilliant, feeling like you are getting a novel-length story in a graphic format.

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