Ghost Boy (Google eBook)

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Random House Children's Books, May 14, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 326 pages
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Harold Kline is an albino--an outcast. Folks stare and taunt, calling him Ghost Boy. It's been that way all of his 14 years. So when the circus comes to town, Harold runs off to join it.

Full of colorful performers, the circus seems like the answer to Harold's loneliness. He's eager to meet the Cannibal King, a sideshow attraction who's an albino too. He's touched that Princess Minikin and the Fossil Man, two other sideshow curiosities, embrace him like a son. He's in love with Flip, the beguiling horse trainer, and awed by the all-knowing Gypsy Magda. Most of all, Harold is proud of training the elephants, and of earning respect and a sense of normality. Even at the circus, though, two groups exist--the freaks, and everyone else.

Harold straddles both groups. But fitting in with those who are "normal" comes at a price, and sometimes it's recognizing the truth beneath what's apparent that ultimately leads to happiness . . . and turns a boy into a man.

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User Review  - Emma Kerwin - Goodreads

I would not recommend this book to students because I personally thought it was boring. The reason I thought it was boring is because the topic wasn't very interesting and the events that happend in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Collin Adkins - Goodreads

This book started out as a story full of bullying and stayed that way for about two chapters. Then Harold, The main character, went to the circus and met two of the circus' sideshow freaks. Princess ... Read full review

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Iain Lawrence is the author of numerous acclaimed novels for young people, including "The Convicts," "The Cannibals," "B for Buster," "The Lightkeeper's Daughter," "Lord of the Nutcracker Men," "Ghost Boy," and the High Seas Trilogy: "The Wreckers," "The Smugglers," and "The Buccaneers," The author lives in Gabriola Island, B.C..

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