Green, Tim. Lost Boy. Harper Collins, 2015. $16.99 ISBN 9780062317087 299pgs. Grades 5 and up, P7Q7
Ryder’s mom is struck by a truck and ends up in the hospital with little chance of living. Ryder must figure out who his dad is and hope that his dad can help save his mom’s life. This was a heart wrenching story and believable. Ryder does find his dad, who happens to be a pitcher for the Braves, but instead of a happy reunion between father and son, we find that Ryder’s father is shocked over even having a son and initially doesn’t want to help. This plot makes the story believable. Ryder’s dad does provide the money that helps save his mother’s life, but also tells him that he can’t be his father. There is no happy ending with Ryder’s biological dad, but other characters in the book step up to the plate to be Ryder’s father figure. This book doesn’t have a fairy tale ending, but a believable ending. May 2015 review by Jo Train.