Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt

Lost Boys by Darcey RosenblattLost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt
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I woke up several hours later, wondering how I’d been asleep at all when it was so incredibly cold. Then I realized I’d woken because the key was turning in the lock. I didn’t think it was possible to get colder, but a chill shook my already-frozen skin. The dim light coming through the high window shone on the door creeping open. Should I wake the others? I thought of the stories we’d heard of boys taken away and never seen again.

It’s 1982, and twelve-year-old Reza has no interest in joining Iran’s war effort. 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?

When a book can transport you to a time and place that is so out of your element yet, can make you feel as if you are there and part of this history is utterly amazing. A harrowing,  heartbreaking, heroic story of triumph…This book is a must read for our young people.

 

 

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