291. The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

Rating: (5/5)

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Aug 27, 2013, Scholastic/Graphix, 160 pgs

Age: 8+

"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, Nate is 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 of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe, and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy."

Received a review copy from the publisher through Netgalley.

Fantastic!  The author's name seemed familiar to me, but turns out I was thinking of someone else.  I absolutely loved this.  Starting out with the familiar plot of a family moving into an old house and one of the kid's finding an old journal that leads to supernatural events from the past.  The difference here is Nate is an only child and the journal he finds is on old reel-to-reel tapes from a boy who disappeared forty years ago.  With the story flashing back and forth from Nate's present and Walt's past Greg Ruth offers up a wonderfully, eerie, dark novel.  The art is tremendous, intricately detailed and manages to show just enough of the oddities to keep them mysterious but real; a major feat for the medium in not showing too much, but just enough.  Very creepy!  Nothing inappropriate for the recommended age group, but the story is dark and intense so the reader's sensitivity should be taken into consideration.