- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Laurel Leaf (March 12 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044041668X
- ISBN-13: 978-0440416685
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ghost Boy Mass Market Paperback – Mar 12 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
An albino boy runs off to find comfort among the members of a circus troupe in post-WWII America. In a starred review, PW wrote, "This poignant adventure invites readers to look beyond others' outer appearances and into their souls." Ages 12-up.
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“This touching novel, [set a few years after World War II], will speak especially to readers who consider themselves different, flawed, or misunderstood.”
—School Library Journal, Starred
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Harold is an albino - a person with no color in his skin, hair, and eyes. When he runs away from the taunting kids in his town, he meets a pair of circus "freaks" - Tina, a woman the size of a doll, and Samuel, a giant man covered in hair. They give him a ticket to the circus they work in and invite him to join them. Which he does, becoming the elephant trainer, trying to teach them to play baseball.
Life seems good for a while - Harold is accepted in the circus, with the exception of a boy named Ramon who torments Harold just like the children in his town, calling him "Maggot" and "Whitey", but another friend, a horse-back-stunt-riding girl named Flip makes up for it.
A lot happens in this book, there isn't enough room to write about it all, but it talks about how Harold changes, etc., etc. I won't reveal the ending b/c it'll ruin the book, but here's a warning: it is MAJORLY sad. I am not kidding when I say I cried. This is a terrific book, but make sure you have a pack of tissue nearby.
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