The Boy Lost in the Maze

Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kate Milner

In this powerful and poignant verse novel, the Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho, deftly interweaves Greek myth with a contemporary teenage issue – the search for an identity and for a father. In Ancient Greece Theseus makes a dangerous and courageous journey to find his father, finally meeting the Minotaur in the Labyrinth. Meanwhile Theo, a modern-day teenage boy, embarks on his own quest to find his father. Each story tells of a boy becoming a man and discovering what true manhood really means. The deep emotions that verse novels can create through short phrases , simple language and a greater emphasis on action rather than plot should appeal to the teenage reader short of time. It is less usual to see a YA book with illustrations but these intersperse the text well to enhance each part of the story.

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Published by Otter-Barry Books (320 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton