Ghost boy

by Lawrence, Iain, 1955-

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Young Adult Paperbacks YA pbk (L)
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Young Adult Paperbacks
Call Number  YA pbk (L)
Community Library of Castle Shannon Young Adult Fiction YA Fic Lawrence
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA Fic Lawrence
Harold Kline is an albino--an outcast. Folks stare and taunt, calling him Ghost Boy. It's been that way for 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 pretty and 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 normalcy. Even at the circus, though, two groups exist--the freaks, and everyone else. Harold straddles both groups. But fitting in comes at a price, and Harold must recognize the truth beneath what seems apparent before he can find a place to call home.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7^-10. Painfully tall and thin and nearly blind, albino Harold Kline has been the focus of harassment in his small town since childhood. Now at 14, in a desperate escape from misery and loneliness, he runs away, joining a small circus on route to Oregon. Gradually, he wins acceptance from the other "freaks" --loving Princess Minikin; gruff, hairy Samuel the Fossil Man; and the omniscient Gypsy Magda. When he teaches the three lumbering circus elephants how to play baseball, the lovely Flip and Mr. Hunter, the circus owner, also accept him. Set shortly after World War II, this is a surprising book, full of pain and poignancy, with gratifying undercurrents of love and humor. The dark subject matter may make this book difficult to sell, even though the writing is good, and the bizarre characters are both sympathetic and believable. Still, teens that stick with Harold on his odyssey of discovery and self-acceptance will be rewarded by an intriguing novel that pushes the boundaries of reality. --Frances Bradburn"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Laurel-leaf books.
Subjects Albinos and albinism -- Juvenile fiction.
Circus -- Juvenile fiction.
Runaway teenagers -- Juvenile fiction.
Elephants -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Juvenile fiction.
Albinos and albinism -- Fiction.
Circus -- Fiction.
Runaways -- Fiction.
Elephants -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, New York :Dell Laurel-Leaf,2002
Audience RL: 5.0.
Language English
Notes "Readers circle"--Cover.
Includes a reader's guide.
Description 326, 16 pages ; 18 cm.
ISBN 044041668X
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