Published by Graphix, Scholastic on 27 August 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Paranormal
Place(s) Traveled To: Crow’s Woods, America
First Line(s): Go to him.
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth is a middle grade paranormal graphic novel and as such it is an easy read. The images that accompany the story of Nate and Tabitha’s adventure are stunning and filled with so much detail. The book contains no color but as you get into the story you almost see what colors should be with all the images. The Lost Boy isn’t just Nate and Tabitha’s though, there is a story within a story as they find tapes belonging to a kid named Walter who disappeared years earlier. Then there is this whole secret fantastical world where animals talk and fight in this secret war and that’s where this whole story starts to fall off the rails for me.
There is just so much going on that the story just gets so convoluted and it was sometimes difficult to follow along what happened. There are the bugs and the button boy and Walter’s story in the past and Nate and Tabitha in the present and just so many other details that just made it all too much. So much so that I was often taken out of the story and just had a hard time sticking with it. The only things that kept me from marking The Lost Boy as a DNF were the drawings and the fact that it was so short.
Another aspect of this book that left me a little dissatisfied is that it appears to be a standalone book and yet the ending was so open. The main story ARC was closed out but there were just so many open threads. The ending wasn’t a cliff hanger, per say, but it wasn’t a clear cut closed ending either. There is definitely potential for The Lost Boy to be turned into a series. If it is I think I would be torn on if I wanted to pick it up or not. On one hand I am curious to see where all this might go and on the other its just so exhausting thinking about all the overdone storylines that it might contain.