Book Review: The Dead Boys by: Royce Buckingham


Putnam Juvenile

Publish Date:
September 2, 2010

From Publisher for Review


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Don't feed the trees!

In the small desert town of Richland, not far from a nuclear power plant, a horribly mutated sycamore tree sustains itself with the life energy of twelve-year-old boys that it snares with its roots. As the new kid in town, Teddy Matthews becomes the tree's next target, and soon he's trapped in the tree's sinister world of nightmares. Can Teddy overcome his own fears and rescue the dead boys before he disappears into the darkness forever?

Review: Teddy is usually a kid who isn't very curious about much. He gets by and lays low, staying out of trouble for the most part. Then he's uprooted from his home and moved out to a small Washington town where his mom has a job at the nuclear plant right outside town. The town has a nasty history of nuclear waster dumping and disappearing twelve-year-old boys. Teddy gets caught in timeslips and has to figure out what is going on before it's too late to save himself.

This book had a very unusual and interesting antagonist - a sentient sycamore tree. The tree is always lurking in the background, watching and waiting. This is one of the most creative ideas in horror I've had the pleasure of reading in a while. I enjoyed the story and Teddy learns about his inner strength along the way. Definitely recommended for kids who enjoy a good scary story before bedtime!


  1. Good to hear that you liked it, I have this book but haven't had a chance to read it yet.


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