When I was a child, I remember having a fascination with P. T. Barnum and Robert Ripley. These larger-than-life fellows and their tales of wonders, oddities, and fascination made quite an impression on me. I loved hearing about all the different adventures and people they met in their travels. Under the same spell, I decided to check out The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers.
About the book:
Grady is a boy who doesn’t know much about his past. He just knows that he’s ugly and useful to “Professor” Floyd who features him as his personal sideshow freak. Grady longs for something more than this traveling life and knows that he has something special beyond his appearance.
I like hearing the story through Grady’s voice. His pain is obvious; you yearn for another life along with him. However, I am disappointed in the direction the author takes the novel. Grady does not ever become the person we hurt him to be. In fact, the ending of the book is a letdown and seems a bit silly. I did enjoy the book until the very end though; I just wish the author had followed through with the character.
Disclosure: I received this book gratis for review purposes from WaterBrook Multnomah. All opinions are my own.