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.
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
May 11, 2017
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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...
September 06, 2017
There are some parts of this that are compelling (not least the cover that got me to pick this up), but I don't think I'd recommend it unless it was for a very specific request. The author's note talks about the research she conducted and her passion for the history that inspired her to write the...
August 09, 2017
This was a gripping, powerful debut I could not put down.
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...
January 24, 2018
Darcey Rosenblatt bravely charts the interior longings and material terrors confronting twelve-year-old, Reza, as he is coerced into becoming a boy soldier during Iran's early-'80s war with Iraq. Spiritual doubts and a love of Western music gnaw at Reza as he becomes increasingly indifferent to h...
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...
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,...
October 16, 2017
What is an almost 13-year-old boy with a soul full of music doing marching into battle for God and country?
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."
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.