The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers
This was a captivating and interesting read and certainly suitable for all readers - both young and old. It was quite a departure from anything I would normally read, but it was just about the most fun I have ever had reading a book. Basically the story is about a two person travelling show, the “barker” and the orphan boy who usually plays the part of the “side show freak”. They are constantly travelling and working their many scams until they develop the ultimate hoax.
It is written as the young orphan’s narrative and the author writes in a delightful manner that will make you smile often and even laugh out loud. You can easily hear the southern drawl as you are reading. This makes the story much more interesting as if he were right there telling you his story. If I can ever get the accent I will use this as a read aloud chapter book with my preschoolers.
The story takes many twists and turns and just when you think you have it all figured out the plot changes, then changes again and again. I hope they make it into a movie!
Disclosure: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BloggingForBooks.org book review program.