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The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathon Rogers was a funny, sweet story of an "ugly" boy and his journey through life as an orphan found by a showman trying to make money off a gullible public. It has a great ending I didn't expect at all! And Grady is a wonderful character, with a sweet, friendly heart yet lonely and wondering where he fits in and being betrayed by his only "family". I would recommend this book to any age reader! I enjoyed it as an adult, and think even younger readers would enjoy it as a read-aloud. I agree with other reviewers that though published through a Christian publisher, it's not an overtly Christian book and I think could be popular among secular readers as well, though I think if you read it with a faith perspective there are parallels that could be drawn. Overall an enjoyable book.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull McKinstry is a great book to learn about racial injustice in the south through the story of a young girl who witnessed the bombing of her church and the deaths of 4 of her friends. This is a very readable history of this woman's life and how she was personally affected by the treatment of blacks in the south. I did not feel like the author wanted me to feel guilty for being white, but more like she wanted to get readers thinking about what we do now to love others around us (of any race!). I would recommend this book to anyone interested in stepping into the shoes of someone who lived these injustices; it is simply written and appropriate, I believe, for even younger readers to use as an introduction to the subject.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review