The Charlatan's Boy A Novel Author:Jonathan Rogers “I only know one man who might be able to tell me where I come from, and that man is a liar and a fraud.” — — As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the... more » good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.
It’s a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as “The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.” But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.
When Floyd stages an elaborate plot to revive Corenwalders’ belief in the mythical swamp-dwellers known as the feechiefolk, he overshoots the mark. Floyd’s Great Feechie Scare becomes widespread panic. Eager audiences become angry mobs, and in the ensuing chaos, the Charlatan’s Boy discovers the truth that has evaded him all his life?and will change his path forever.« less
The Charlatans Boy by Jonathan Rogers is the first young adult fiction book I have reviewed. When it arrived in the mail, my amazing 11 year old daughter Damaris saw it and stole it before I could even read the back cover. When she saw Andrew Petersons comment on the back cover that called this book C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain rolled into one, she begged me to be allowed to read it first since she is a huge C.S. Lewis fan. She devoured the book in a couple of days and is already asking about reading the follow-up book in Fall, 2011.
This book is the story of a traveling quack who uses an orphan named Grady in his hoaxes and schemes. The chapter titles are as funny as Rogers writing. It was an easy but entertaining read.
Although this is not a book I would normally have read, I found myself interested in the story. I wanted to know what would happen to Grady and Floyd. The ending was completely heart-warming and such an unexpected ending for me. I would give the book 4 out of 5 stars.