The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers

Orphan Grady knew one truth in his life, he was the charlatan’s boy. The charlatan was Floyd Wendellson. Floyd was a huckster, a true fraud and a liar. He and Grady did the feechie show for many years. Floyd told all about the legendary feechiefolk, while Grady played the part of a feechie. Some really thought Grady was a he-feechie. But people were no longer afraid of the feechies and didn’t believe Floyd’s stories anymore. So Floyd and Grady went from village to village using one scheme after another, swindling people out of their money, all the time longing to revive the feechie show.

Grady was tired of his lifestyle of living lies. He wanted to find his family, to know who he was. Every time he asked Floyd where he came from, he got told a different story. When Grady went to a village, he searched for someone who was as ugly as he was that could be his family. He also missed playing the feechie, it had been a part of him for so long. Floyd cooked up a plan to start a feechie scare, to get people talking about feechies again. Then they could revive their feechie show.

Does Grady ever get to be a feechie again? Does he ever find out the truth about his family? Read The Charlatan’s Boy to discover what becomes of Grady, Floyd, and their travelling show.

This story is set in a time period when people went around making money from villagers using shell games, fortune telling, juggling acts, and such. The characters have an interesting dialect – very bad English. Grady is a likable character with a good heart, Floyd is not. As I was reading through the book, I found myself wishing for Grady to make a better life for himself and finally belong to someone. The author made up names and words that make for an interesting and different type of story. If you want to read a book that is nothing like your favorite genre, I would recommend this one.

Read chapters 1 & 2 here
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Jonathan Rogers grew up in Georgia, where he spent many happy hours in the swamps and riverbottoms on which the wild places of The Charlatan’s Boy are based. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English literature from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee..

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I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review.

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