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The Lost Boy Paperback – August 27, 2013
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Gr 4–7—Nate has recently moved to town. He's resistant to his new situation until he finds an old reel-to-reel tape recorder under the floorboards. Through a series of recordings, he learns about Walt, who once lived in the house. Soon Nate and his new friend, Tabitha, are in the middle of a sinister web that began with Walt's disappearance 50 years ago. The friends have no choice but to venture into The Kingdom, a dangerous world populated by talking animals, "buglings," worn-out toys, and the evil Vespertine. The first part of the story alternates between the present-day world and the recordings made by Walt in the 1960s. Nate and Tabitha's journey into The Kingdom comprises the second part. The fast-moving plot has several scary elements, and many of the characters have unsettling dark sides. The story culminates with a satisfying battle between good and evil, but also reveals that there are more evil forces to be dealt with and that this is the start of a series. Although the fantasy elements are intriguing, the dialogue often seems contrived and the attempts at sarcastic humor are uneven and forced. The detailed and realistic black-and-white illustrations use a variety of angles to create a visually exciting, cinematic atmosphere. Though the shifts in perspective can be sudden, confusing, and disruptive to the flow of the story, this creepy volume will still find an audience among tweens.—Amy Seto Musser, Denver Public Library --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nate has discovered a reel-to-reel tape recorder hidden in the floorboards of his new room in a new house in a new town. The tapes are narrated by a tween named Walt, a lonely boy with a dead mother, a deadbeat father, and a dangerous gift for seeing magical creatures. Walt disappeared from the town decades and decades ago, but what happened to him? And why has Nate started seeing some of the creatures described in Walt’s tapes? With the help of Tabitha, his neighbor, will Nate be able to solve and survive this mystery and keep his new town safe from the Shadows? As they get deeper into Walt’s tapes, they travel to a mysterious land full of odd creatures and take on a dangerous quest to protect the town. Ruth’s gorgeously illustrated black-and-white drawings tell a complex, creepy, and compelling story that melds fantasy and realistic fiction and forces readers to ask themselves—which one of these characters is truly the lost boy? Grades 3-7. --Candice Mack --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story was a bit hard to follow, but it was interesting.