The Lost Boy: a richly illustrated fantasy tale by Greg Ruth

cover31012-medium“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 discoveres a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, Nate is thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago.  (from the official description)

So this is not the Dave Pelzer book.The Lost Boy is a graphic novel from Greg Ruth.  It’s beautifully illustrated and fairly creepy.  The dark tone to it plays well to the story.  It’s a talking animal and natural magic world.  Nate can see things that the adults can’t.  And before him, Walter did too.  Walter left an audio diary of his experiences before his disappearance.

I really enjoyed this book.  I’m filing it as independent reader and the target ages are 8-12, grades 3-7.  I think older readers might enjoy it as well although cynical teenagers may not be able to perceive its charms.

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