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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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I once went to Tennessee and at the Caldwell House I was talking to a ghost girl her name is Mary Caldwell its been 3 years since I have seen her . She is still there but she told me that she lived a mile away and she told me her name but when I left I saw two other ghosts in the house either she had two brothers or sisters or I would not know. The next year we went back to see her she wrote my name on her door that was creepy to see that. She was a nice ghost shes known as my best friend Mary Caldwell. I wont ever forget what happened I know how she died when I was there I saw a gunshot in the window and someone I knew came with us and she saw Mary! she had black hair and a bloody dress she had told me that I wondered how she died if that was what really happened.Next year I hope we go back so I can ask her . Please read about My creepy life about Mary Caldwell