Oct 5, 2022
The Boy Lost in the Maze
By Joseph Coelho
Illustrated by Kate Milner
A spellbinding novel told in poems, blending the ancient legend of Theseus and the Minotaur with the quest of a modern-day teenage boy to find his biological father.
In his new verse novel, Joseph Coelho brilliantly blends Greek myth with a 21st century quest. In Ancient Greece Theseus makes a dangerous and courageous journey to find his father, finally meeting the Minotaur in the Labyrinth. While Theo, a modern-day teenage boy, finds himself on a maze-like quest to find his own father. Their intertwined stories tell of a boy becoming a man and discovering what true manhood really means.
The path to self-discovery takes Theo through ‘those thin spaces where myth, magic and reality combine’. Doubts, difficulties and dangers must be faced as Theo discovers the man he will become.
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"Powerful, playful and poignant in equal parts, 'The Boy Lost in the Maze' skilfully interweaves the myth of Theseus with the modern coming-of-age story of Theo. Every word is carefully wrought in these astonishing narrative poems which reward reading, re-reading and reflection."
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Joseph Coelho, poet and playwright, is a leading figure in performance poetry. His plays have received special note from The Verity Bargate Award and The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. Joseph has been a guest poet on Radio 4’s Front Row and performed poems for Channel 4 and CBeebies Radio. His debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules won the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award 2015. Joseph lives in Folkestone, Kent.
Kate Milner was a librarian before embarking on a new and distinguished career as an illustrator and author. She studied illustration at Central St Martin's, and is an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin. Her illustrations and prints have been shown in London galleries and national touring exhibitions. She lives in Bedfordshire.