Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt

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Read Lost Boys Online Free - Based on historical events, this unforgettable and inspiring tale for middle-grade readers is about a young boy torn from the only life he’s ever known and held captive as a prisoner of war.

In 1982, twelve-year-old Reza has no interest in joining Iran’s war effort against Iraq. But in the wake of a tragedy and at his mother’s urging, he decides to enlist, assured by the authorities that he will achieve paradise should he die in service to his country.

War does not bring the glory the boys of Iran have been promised, and Reza soon finds himself held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Iraq, where the guards not only threaten violence—they act upon it. Will Reza make it out alive? And if he does, will he even have a home to return to?

Friendship, heartbreak, and Reza’s very survival are at stake as he finds solace through music and forges his own path—wherever that might take him.

Title : Lost Boys
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ISBN : 1627797580
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Ms. rated it ★★★★☆

May 11, 2017

E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Iran in 1982 was a difficult place to be. Reza loves Stevie Wonder music, but it is forbidden, and his mother is spouting her adherence to whatever the Ayatollah has decreed even though it cost Reza his father. Luckily, his uncle Habib understands, but he is...

Supriya rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2017

This was a gripping, powerful debut I could not put down.

Melissa rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

Darcey Rosenblatt’s luminous MG novel, LOST BOYS, centers on 12-year-old Reza, a musically gifted Iranian boy who is expected to join the Iran-Iraq War. The problem is, Reza has zero interest in following in his deceased father’s footsteps, despite the urging of his devout mother and his best fri...

5by5books rated it ★★★☆☆

August 21, 2017

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a digital galley of this book for review - all opinions are my own. You know a book is going to be good when the first sentence is so vivid and surprising that you are instantly drawn into the story wanting more. Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt opening line...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2017

Wow-oh-Wow. I love when an author can take me to a place I've never been, connect me to a character so unlike myself, and make me feel (and learn) so much. This is an amazing and heartbreaking story, based in a reality that no child should ever have to face. Beautifully written. Kept me up late r...

E.A.T. rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2017

Reza is a twelve-year-old boy who is thrown into the Iraq/Iran war. This story held my heart the entire way through . . . as I watched Reza lose friends . . . as I watched Reza make new friends (and enemies) in the prisoner camp . . . as I watched his love and talent for music blossom and give hi...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

April 24, 2017

This book was so eye-opening and beautiful as it details horrifying truths of the Iran-Iraq War. It still seems extremely timely in our current political climate. This is a must-read for those who enjoy historical fiction and for fans of "Persepolis."

Sally rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

Wow! I couldn't put it down. Action, suspense, and immersion in a very different moment in history, one most American kids don't know enough about. I greatly enjoyed Reza's story.

Sam rated it ★★★★☆

August 10, 2017

Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! Lost Boys is both a beautiful people of historical fiction. While this book is classified as middle grade fiction, it actually reads much older in some aspects of the story, but regardless of that it's a very heartbreaking and beautiful story about friends...

Cindy rated it ★★★★★

September 23, 2017

Rosenblatt, Darcey Lost Boys, 288 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2017. $17. Language: G (1 swear, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (piles of bodies, beatings) Reza’s mother has been pressuring the twelve year old to join Iran’s army in the fight against Iraq in 1982. His favorite uncle,...

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