“Rosenblatt’s debut is fiction, but rooted in fact: the plight of “lost boy soldiers” was all too real. Thanks to careful research and a well-written narrative, Rosenblatt brings their stories to vivid and memorable life. The lost boys, at least here, are found.” — Michael Cart – Booklist

“Written in first-person, with both the fear and the hope of a 12-year-old who is thrust into a new world, this is a page-turner that will inspire kids to be true friends and have compassion. It’s also a story that will invite discussions about the middle east, war, and religion. collections.” Barnes and Noble Kids August 2017

“A powerful look at a tragic period in history that belongs in most YA collections.” School Library Journal June 2017

“This is an essential purchase for all middle school libraries. The cover is great, and all manner of readers will be drawn to Reza’s story of music, adventure, and personal journey.” Ms. Ying Ling – Goodreads


LOST BOYS was chosen as a notable book for 2018 by the National Council for the Social Studies. See the list here

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

Madeleine L’Engle