The Lost Boys of Lampson

The Lost Boys of Lampson

by P.N. Holland


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Billy's grade 7 year is not at all what he expected. Lampson School is not the same. It is cold and unwelcoming. Worse than that, there is something weird going on-a dark figure in a window, crows attacking him and his best friend Ricky, a strange girl, Amy, who looks like she belongs in the past and his nemesis, Andrew is picking a fight with him. It doesn't seem to matter what he does, the school is out to get him, but why?

It's not until the dark figure tries to kill him that he realizes he has to solve the mystery of the missing boys to understand why he is a target. With Amy's help, he might be able to figure it out and stop the evil entity, but with Ricky not wanting to include her and his own self-doubts keeping him from acting, the evil may have already won.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771279185
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2017
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Raised in Victoria, B.C., Neil, recently widowed, writes in memory of his wife, Kris, has two children, four grandchildren, and two dogs. He writes his paranormal stories using places from his hometown as a backdrop. He has taught for over thirty years in various cities in British Columbia and holds a M.Ed. from Uvic., with a major in English. His first work, The Saxe Point Park Mystery can be found on Kobo as an ebook or at Trafford Books. His writing is fast paced, and his stories are page-turners. Neil continues to write children's novels and fantasy as well as doing author presentations in various Victoria schools where he loves to connect with his readers. His first novel, The Saxe Point Park Mystery, can be found in many of the local school libraries and he has written a Teacher's Study Guide, which is being used to teach the novel. He is proud of the fact that his book is helping kid's improve their reading and writing skills.

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The Lost Boys of Lampson 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Cait_W More than 1 year ago
The Lost Boys of Lampson follows Billy and his friend, Ricky, as they begin their school year. However, the first few days are littered with strange events - large flocks of ominous birds, a strange figure in the window of the school, and a new student who seems out of place. Everything just feels slightly off. The two boys try to shake off these occurrences, but soon learn that there are stronger powers involved and there is a mystery waiting to be solved. They team up with the new student, Amy, who reveals that she is actually time-traveling from the past and that several classmates of hers - at the same school - have gone missing. The boys attempt to help her and, in doing so, realize that the weird things happening in present-day are connected to the events of the past. As a team, the three have to use their combined strength and knowledge to fight the evil creature involved and try to save the missing students. While the story was interesting and kept me reading, there were many plot points that were left unexplained and the characters were never fully fleshed out. It was enjoyable, but not very thorough - I would've liked to know more of the "why" regarding the characters' actions or certain events happening. Overall, it is a nice, light read and would be a solid, good story for children or teenagers. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite The Lost Boys of Lampson is a story dealing with the expulsion of an evil spirit at Lampson Street School. Billy, a regular student at the school, noticed that something was odd. When he looked up at the bell tower, he thought he saw a figure there, holding a cane with a glowing tip. In addition, he felt drawn to a new girl in his class named Amy. Billy and his friend Ricky befriended Amy after Billy defended her in a scuffle. Billy came across a library book that contained a picture of a girl resembling Amy. After confronting her, Amy admitted that she was a time traveler from the past and needed their help. She said that boys were missing from the school in her era. The boys travelled back in time with her and discovered that the person responsible for the disappearance of the boys was Mr. Dobbins, a former head teacher who had died. Suddenly, Ricky disappeared as well. Billy was forced to battle the evil spirit of Mr. Dobbins using magic and Amy’s help. The Lost Boys of Lampson is an entertaining novel. I was spell bound from the beginning and I read the book without putting it down! The plot is very enticing and the reader keeps wondering what will happen next. The pace of the story is fast and encourages the reader to follow the plot with eagerness. I loved the contrast between the two paranormal characters.  Clearly, author P. Neil Holland thoroughly explored the theme of good versus evil through them. Personally, I felt a sense of triumph at the end of the novel. I felt that the main character had achieved his goal. The language used is colloquial and is quite easy to understand. I loved the action in the story. I felt every jab or shove. This proves that the author did an excellent job creating an enticing storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Lost Boys of Lampson. I truly recommend it to all readers who love mystery and suspense novels.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite In The Lost Boys of Lampson by P.N. Holland, readers get to meet Ricky and Billy, grade seven students at the Lampson Street School, who are about to experience an amazing adventure. It is the first day of school and Billy has a strange and eerie feeling when he enters the school grounds. He is distracted by the cawing of the crows and a shadowy figure appearing in one of the school’s windows, carrying a stick with a glowing white tip. Billy joins his best friend, Ricky, who seems not to notice the bizarre things happening around them. Then they meet Amy, a new student who is herself a strange girl, and the three of them will form a bond and share an adventure that will bring them back in time and to the lost boys of Lampson. The Lost Boys of Lampson is a children’s fantasy novel that takes its readers to a place and time where magic and witchcraft become a reality. Author P.N. Holland develops his plot in such a way that it is easy to follow and, at the same time, stimulates the interest of his readers. This is because its a story that is worth the telling. Highly appealing to children and young adults, the novel is also a coming of age story. Amy, the mysterious schoolgirl, is particularly interesting as she becomes the bridge between the past and the future. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an enjoyable read!
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite The Lost Boys of Lampson is a hauntingly spooky story about two boys from Lampson Street School. Walking to school one day, Billy sees a shadowy dark figure of a man in the window and everything in his and his best friend Ricky's life also begin to change. Boys at their school begin to change with strange orbs in their eyes and they also begin to act differently - violent and menacing. Everything seems to shift and Billy starts hearing strange voices that are dark and threateningly. Soon a new girl named Amy is in school, with clothes that don't seem to fit, and she raises a new mystery that both Billy and Ricky must tackle. Their alliance with each other opens a new vortex into the past as Amy is discovered to be from another era and that boys are being kidnapped or taken, forever lost. The three must join forces to stop the villain and recover the lives of the lost boys. Author P.N. Holland writes with chilling authority on the mysteries of the Lampson Boys. The tale, even though for younger children, was very scary and intense. I caution readers to know their level of the fear factor when they are reading as it can keep them awake. I don't recommend this book for very young children, but I think a fourth grade average and higher is good. This book can also be for young adults. If you are looking for a scary tale to while away the hours after school, look no further!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Billy and Ricky are confused by the strange events taking place around them that no one else can see. They are also tired of dealing with Andrew, the school bully. Things get really out of hand when a new girl, Amy, enters Lampson School and she becomes the new target of teasing. The Lost Boys of Lampson by P. Neil Holland tells the amazing story of these three friends who have been called upon to use magic and time travel to defeat the ghost of the evil headmaster, while staying away from the bully and his gang. In order to solve the mystery of three boys who went missing from the school almost 50 years ago, Billy, Ricky and Amy must call on all the magical power they can create. How can a few seventh grade students fight against a strong wizard without their parents finding out? Will they have the knowledge and courage to succeed or will they get stuck serving detention for behaving strangely? The Lost Boys of Lampson by P. Neil Holland is a quick-paced chapter book written for younger readers. Taking advantage of the popularity of wizards and spells, this book is entertaining and exciting, skillfully drawing the reader along through the ups and downs the characters face in the real world and with the unknown. Not only do they have to deal with the evil headmaster’s ghost, they have to watch out for the janitor and school monitors and go to bed early on school nights! For fun, there is even an appendix of Latin-based ‘spells’ used by the kids, reminiscent of many found in the Harry Potter stories.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Lost Boys of Lampson is a contemporary fantasy book for children and preteens written by P. Neil Holland. Billy's in the seventh grade now and a senior at Lampson Street School, but the first day is getting off to a very spooky start. First, there are the crows gathered on the roof and eaves, and their claws are making a a weird, scratchy sound on the metal. Then, there's the ghostly apparition at an upper floor window. Billy can see a stick in its hands, with a white orb on one end which seems to be glowing. His friend, Ricky, grabs him as Billy starts to lose his balance and asks him what's wrong with him. There have been stories about ghosts and spectral hauntings at the old brick school, but they're dismissed as tall tales. Even so, this felt very real to Billy. P. Neil Holland's contemporary fantasy, The Lost Boys of Lampson, is marvelous and very, very entertaining. I loved the autumn setting and the descriptions of the old and spooky school. Billy, Ricky and Amy are marvelous sleuths as they travel back to the Lampson School of the 1950s to solve the mystery of the lost boys. Holland's writing is descriptive and inspired, making this fast-paced and thrilling book come alive -- you can feel the cold chill in the boiler room and hear those ravens as they congregate on the roof. While it's categorized as a children's and preteens' book, I loved reading The Lost Boys of Lampson and would not hesitate to recommend it to any of my adult friends. It's got everything: a mystery, time-travel, intrepid sleuths and magic! The Lost Boys of Lampson is most highly recommended.