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The Lost Boy

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  2,085 ratings  ·  405 reviews
Some mysteries are too dangerous to ignore. . .

After Nate moves into his new house, he discovers an old tape recorder in his bedroom and is suddenly thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many years ago. Now, as strange creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local sleuth, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out,
Paperback, 190 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Graphix
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Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of the game "Capture the Flag". I played a few times as a young man, but as an adult, I've become an aficionado. This is the result of several campouts as a leader of youth through BSA or being the leader of my church's youth group. I've played it dozens of times in a wide variety of areas. There's something thrilling about this game, especially if it's played over a wide expanse of forest. One tactic that I've used successfully involves teasing out the opposing players and noting ...more
Liz B
The artwork was amazing. (And if you've read my reviews of graphic novels & picture books, you know that's not something I usually lead with. Or even mention sometimes.) It's black and white and detailed and photographic, and each human character has his or her own distinct features.

The lettering was annoying. Pretty much every speech bubble had something that looked bolded/ emphasized. Maybe that's a comics style but I can't emphasize enough how much I hated it and how much it detracted from my
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I started at new school in Washington DC last week. On the first day of school, I stopped through the library to see what our students were checking out. It was my first trip through the collection and I couldn't have been more impressed with the graphic novel selection. Not only did I find an incredible amount of complete series, they had many of the obscure titles that have been fan favorites. More importantly, every one of the graphic novels looked beat up. Not that it was a surprise to see t ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Kid finds audio recordings and another world opens up to him.

I go back and forth about this one a lot. Some of the illustration work feels awkward, but some of it blows me away. There's a darkness to this story - feels quite like Coraline. I never got a good sense of the characters, but so many of the creatures were awesome and cool. Creepy dolls, clothinged squirrels, crazy landscapes - fun and wild and slightly disturbing.

We shelve this in J, and that fits with the characters, but it's definit
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Lovely graphic novel! It was dark with wonderful art. I loved Haloran, in my head he was Bill Nighy, which just made the book that much better!
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was so fun. Definitely an adventure story. Perfect for a 12 year old. I absolutely loved the Bugling storyline.
Seth T.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

After Bone, I didn’t know what to do for my daughter. She’s four-and-a-half now and ready for more fantasy-adventure that’s top-of-genre caliber. I read her Bone when she was two (and crossing over into three) and since then, we’ve been pretty hungry for something similarly incredible.

We’ve found books to fill in the gaps, of course. She was a sucker for the joie de vivre and wonder of Zita and her Spacegirl derring-do. She gobbled up Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (mostly for sighting
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Synopsis :

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 gir
Wart Hill
a bit...rushed i think.
biblio_mom (Aiza)
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my very first review of graphic novels. So lets get this over with. By the way, before getting started, since this is by scholastic, I am reviewing this as an 11 year old girl.

(okay Aiza, take a deep breath and be 11)

The graphic is good, the dialogue came along nicely, there is a strong plot to the story and it goes flawlessly and did not end abruptly. The story was intensifying towards the ending, but it was a nice scene with a kindness element in it. A kind of surprise that I needed.

Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019, own
The story had a very interesting concept and I really like it. It had a ton of potential, but it fell short. I didn't care about the characters and the climax was meh to me.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
When I purchased this graphic novel geared towards children, I bought it because I deeply love all things creepy, eerie, and terrifying, and all the more so when aimed at children. Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark remains one of my all time favorites in the genre of young adult horror. I’ve also greatly enjoyed more recent entries such as The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and Charlie and the Grandmothers. So, when I saw this text, with its creepy premise and spectacular, ee ...more

While it's a two-star rating, I have to say that if I was simply looking at the artwork, it'd have been a 3-4 star rating. The art is gorgeous in this children's graphic novel, almost as if you could take any panel and put it on the wall and frame it (hopefully having owned the book, first). The story itself also had some intriguing ideas that caught my attention.

That being said, I just couldn't get into it at all. The story, while interesting, hopped from bit to bit without really feeling c
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
As someone who read manga to help them to read novels graphic novels have always been an amazing read for me. This book was very interesting and you really get curious on what happened to Walt mostly once you find out more from his tapes. I found the ending a little predictable though which was sad but they also give you an ending with more questions then answers. I can see why graphic novels can be difficult for some people to read because the narrative bubbles can be hard to figure out. But th ...more
I like this book because it's about a mysterious boy and he moved into this neighborhood and he found this tape recorder and he taped all the stuff he can and he meets a girl and her new about this boy that use to live in the same house that the old boy lived in. In the middle of the story, the boy and the girl goes in the woods to find this other boy that use to live in the old house that the new boy lived in. I'm not going to tell you about the other side of the story to find out at your libra ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A fun read, it had an engaging story and the art is good.
Faith Tydings
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a beautifully illustrated story with a plot that was fast-paced and interesting.
Kathrine Whitfield
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is really good. The lost boys name is Walt and he is trying to find his way back home. Also there are these two other kids their names are Nike and Kathleen a there trying to find him to bring him back home.
The Lost Boy is by Greg Ruth. The Lost Boy is a very engaging form of graphic novel. It is not a joke like Breaking Up. It has a serious story. It is definetly fictional but it fits in with the world of the book. The artwork is very detailed and engaging. It is all in black and white and is drawn to show that this is somewhat of a dark story. The Lost Boy takes place in a small town. He moved to house where a boy who disappeared years before used to live. Nate is a very interesting character. H ...more
Nate and his family just moved to a new town. But strange things are happening in this town. For one there are black birds that watch Nate as he moves into his new house. Then there is the way the neighbor girl reacts when he meets her. And there are some reel to reel tapes that are hidden in his new room. As he starts to listen to the tapes, he and Tabitha (the neighbor girl) realize that things around this town are even more crazy then they thought possible. There are animals–Woodlanders–who g ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I received The Lost Boy in the mail, I knew I had to read it that week. A fantasy graphic novel that was so pleasing to the eye, I could not resist diving into it, pushing a lot of books on my list. I was not disappointed and from the first page was captured by the story. Nate has just moved into town and finds a tape recorder under the floorboards of his new room. The story told on this tape is nothing short of fantastical. With the help of a neighbor girl named Tabitha, they delve into t ...more
Stacy Palm
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books, netgalley
I've fallen in love with graphic novels for children! I was first introduced to this genre with the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, and immediately begun looking for other books that captivated my attention with their mix of words and art. This lead me to my most recent discovery of The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth. I was actually familiar with some of his earlier illustration work completed in collaboration with other children's writers. He is incredibly talented and has a skill f ...more
Kevin Shepherd
so there's Crow's Woods, The Kingdom, Buttonfolk, Buglings, Woodlanders, The Shadows, Laamia Trees, The Gate Key, The Gate Tree, Haloran, Curly Bill, Pettibone, The Vespertine, Tamalane, The Barrowlands, Owlrider Clans, Whining Moss, Mousefoot Tribes, Tupperton, Laamia Berries, Morphic Fields, Apelings, Mount Larkin, The Saltless Sea, Willow Women, Baron Tick, Mikken, The Vale of Isobel, The Great Accord, Buttonton, The Outlands, Harker's Drop, Walt, Nate, Tabitha, Ten Men, The Barrowood, The Gi ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe so few people are talking about this wonderful graphic novel... The artwork alone is simply stunning and the story - while clearly a fantasy - is anything but typical. Drawn in absolutely gorgeous pencil and ink, Greg Ruth has created a story that's just as strong as his artwork. Nate's family has just moved to a new town and a new house, where Nate discovers an old tape recorder and reels of tape in his room. What he hears sends him on a quest to discover a place called The King ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good story, beautiful art. I did find it a bit odd that one of the major factions is animate dolls, since the magical setting is otherwise very nature-oriented. And the idea of an older story being told through recordings recovered by the modern character seems strangely familiar, but I can't recall if I encountered that with some other book, or if I'm remembering a review of this one.

The end implies that there could be a continuation. I would be interested if there was a sequel.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not usually one for mysteries, but this one was full of urban fantasy and a strong female protagonist. Nate was a little flat for me, but Tabitha was a spitfire. As I read, I couldn't help but think that the story should've been from her POV and it would've been much better. Otherwise, it was a great fantasy with creepy dolls and toys, an army of dog and bird riding talking insects, and a rude talking squirrel. If that doesn't sound like a good read, I don't know what else might.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Gorgeous and creative graphic novel. All black and white art that is incredibly evocative--the story is childhood gothic and just incredibly absorbing. Beautiful renderings of animals and forest scenes and strange creatures such as a living doll and giant wooden soldiers as protectors. Really enjoyed this one and hoping that the sort of cliffhanger ending means there will be more.
Not sure where to start...yeah, that was weird. Liked it though. Didn't love it, but liked it. It took me a while to stop being freaked out by Tom Button - I REALLY don't like walking, talking dolls. I appreciate all the imagination involved in the story though.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Anyone who enjoys Neil Gaiman's works will enjoy this graphic novel. A flowing tale of a boy and his quest to discover the truth behind a mysterious recording he found in his new house. A good mix of characters and I love the creative way the woodland creatures and bugs come to life.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Probably closer to a 3.5 (when is Goodreads going to get around to adding half-stars to their rating system?)
Anyway, beautiful artwork. The story is good, but there are some gaps and character development is a little weak in places.
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