Lost in the Woods by Dennis Mews
Genre: Middle Grade, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (110 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
When Nadia moves to a new school and finds herself on a camping trip to darkest Wales, she encounters a teenage boy in the woods. Things do not go well.
Spending time out in nature isn’t always a peaceful experience.
This book was full of adventure. I was curious to see what happen to Nadia and her classmates with two dangerous men running around in the same woods where they were camping. There were several other unexpected things going on at the same time, so the chances of them running into something they weren’t planning to find was high. It was exciting to see how that all unfolded.
I had trouble keeping track of all of the characters in this story. There were quite a few of them, and most of them weren’t described in a lot of detail. This made it hard for me to remember the ones that only showed up occasionally or whose names were easy to mix up with each other. It would have been helpful to either have fewer characters to follow or to have some kind of list of who they were to refer to when I needed to do so.
The setting was described with a lot of detail. I could picture exactly what the campsite looked like and how quiet the land usually was when there weren’t twenty children spending a week there. It was also easy to imagine how all of the landmarks in the park were laid out which turned out to be a pretty important thing to remember later on in the plot. It was nice to have such a clear understanding of where everything was once the most action-packed scenes began.
Lost in the Woods should be read by anyone who has ever heard something rustling in a forest and wondered who or what might be out there.