The Lost Tribes (Book 1)

The Lost Tribes

Christine Taylor-Butler

Christine Taylor-Butler

March 25, 2015
Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith
Book 1 in the “The Lost Tribes” series
978-0-98-548108-7, 368 pp
Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 8

The Lost Tribes was voted #3 on the Goodreads Best Diverse Books for Children and Teenagers list!


Codes. Tribal artifacts. The fate of the universe . . .

Ben Webster dreams of basketball championships and NBA contracts in his future. That is until his uncle offers a challenge –  solve a virtual game and earn the trip of a lifetime. A spot on his final world expedition. Ben enlists the help of his sister and friends to solve the cryptic clues and obscure puzzles in time. After the parents all go missing the friends realize the game is actually pointing toward a secret that’s best left unknown. Now the five friends must race against time in their search for tribal artifacts sent to Earth thousands of years ago. Artifacts which hold the fate of the universe in the balance. But unbeknownst to to the five children, they are catalysts in an ancient score that must be settled.


“Well-written and well-paced: a promising start to what should be an exciting and unusual sci-fi series.”
Kirkus Reviews, Jan 2015

“Fascinating, gripping and action-packed. If you like puzzles, mysterious ancient civilizations, or The 39 Clues, you’ll love The Lost Tribes.” 
—Tui Sutherland, NYT’s bestselling author of the Wings of Fire Series.

“It’s a wildly imaginative, super-fun ride that runs from cliffhanger to cliffhanger. . . I’m always on the lookout for books that beg NOT to be put down and this was one of them.”
—Chris Tebbetts, New York Times bestselling author of the “Middle School” series.

“This is science fiction that is so well grounded it appeals to all readers, even those who claim they don’t like science fiction.  It’s a thrilling, high-stakes adventure with characters you care about, even finding yourself working through puzzles with them, all the while looking over your shoulder for the next ingenious emergency.  In short, this is an all-nighter — a book you’ll read all night because it has the power and inventiveness dreams are made of.”
—Kathy Erskine, author of Mockingbird, National Book Award Winner.

“Combining world travel, video games, puzzles, archeology, advanced technology, mysterious parents, growing danger, and a group of ambitious teenagers, The Lost Tribes by C. Taylor-Butler is quite the adventure.”
—Chris Koppenhaver, Lackmann Library, Lenexa  KS

“I’m always happy when there is a new sci fi book for middle grade, especially these days when it’s non-dystopian sci fi. And this one adds ancient mysteries from around the world. Nice.” 
—Charlou Lunsford, Blue Valley Library, Overland Park, KS

Books in “The Lost Tribes” Series

The Lost Tribes, Book One
The Lost Tribes
(Book 1)
The Lost Tribes: Safe Harbor (book 3)
The Lost Tribes: Safe Harbor
(Book 2)
The Lost Tribes 3- Trials
The Lost Tribes: Trials
(Book 3)