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 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.
I’ll be perfectly frank here—the main reason I picked this book was because of the cover. It dazzled me and intrigued me like none other (blame it on my graphic design hobby).
The book didn’t fail where it’s cover exceeded. It was a tale as colorful and fascinating as the circus-like design of the book jacket. Grady’s voice is truly unique and held my attention to the very end. I’m a fan of young adult literature and this fit well into a Mark Twain-esque book.
Every page kept you guessing and wondering what would happen next. And the ending…well the ending is delightful and not what you’d expect. You feel empowered by Grady’s bravery and resiliency and also sympathetic for this unfortunate looking boy.
I recommend this for readers of all ages. Author Jonathan Rogers is one to watch and add to your library.
*Note – I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.