The Lost Boy

The Lost Boy

Book - 2013
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Some mysteries are too dangerous to leave alone.

Nate's not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, he's thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago.

Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge oftown, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy.

Publisher: New York : Graphix, c2013
ISBN: 9780439823326
Branch Call Number: J FIC Ruth
Characteristics: 189 p. : col. ill

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BWilsoned
Jul 31, 2016

Using a found tape recording, the author slowly reveals the story of Walt's delving into the mystery of the nearby woods. A spooky story full of twists and turns and quite compelling.

FindingJane Apr 17, 2016

Dark powers are rising. But, as with all such matters, the signs are subtle, innocuous and easy to miss. Time and again, it has been shown that ordinary people are largely blind to the extraordinary: insects in fancy dress, toys that walk and talk, foliage that assume human shape, birds and dogs leashed and ridden like horses, etc. This book shows what can happen when a neglected boy tries to win acclaim by calling attention to beings that don’t want to be seen.

It’s an epic story that spins from the hurt of a little boy who becomes consumed by inner darkness (Lord Voldemort, meet Walter Pidgin). The mystery unspools by teasing increments, much like the recorder Walt uses to try to piece together the mystery of the forest—and a new boy and girl who try to figure out what happened to him. There are layers within layers in this graphic novel and the author/illustrator accomplishes the seemingly difficult task of keeping us interested and pulling together the threads of the different stories.

Some mysteries aren’t solved and some questions remain unanswered. (Who’s the old woman, Mary? What kind of deal is being struck between Curly Bill and the Baron?) But that’s because the author knows which matters are pressing and what can be cast by the wayside. This is one spooky story, one that legitimately deserves the adjective and no mistake.

The illustrations have all the sharp clarity of photographs made with sharp and softly blurred lines. They’re very beautiful or full of terror (and sometimes both at once).

This is an eerie story and I think the best effect is when you read it late at night, with the lights low and the world outside is still and dark…

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olive_magpie_3
Sep 01, 2014

Amazing doesn't even begin to describe how the art and the story coincide with each other, and I very much liked the black-and-white, a good thing with all this color around these days. The story was very delightful and the characters were superb, just the layout of everything that happened was enough to get me to read till I couldn't sleep. I hope there's another one!

JCLChrisK Apr 29, 2014

Amazing black-and-white artwork and an engaging, intriguing story that left me just a bit unsatisfied.

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