Young Grady has no memory of who he is, who his parents are, or where he came from. As long as he can remember he’s been with Floyd, a liar, cheat, and general all-around charlatan. Poor Grady, the only person who could possibly tell Grady where he comes from is a world-class fraud.
Floyd and Grady make a living by tricking people. Grady dresses up in costumes and Floyd passes him off as a real-live feechie; a largely mythical race of wild, savage creatures. As years go by, people begin to believe in feechies less and less. Floyd needs to figure out a new career choice, but options are limited. Eventually, Floyd has the idea to revive the feechie trade, by fabricating another large-scale feechie scare. It works, but unintended consequences result.
The Charlatan’s Boy is a fun, whimsical story. The book is geared toward older children, and hits the mark. As an adult, I didn’t find it particularly compelling; it was quick and easy to read but I was in no way reluctant to put it down. If I were rating this book for an adult audience I would give it 3 stars; I liked it, but didn’t love it.
However, this book is for kids. With that audience in mind I give this book 4 stars. It’s a fun story suitable for advanced readers and has no objectionable content. That’s quite a rare find these days! I think my 12-year-old will enjoy it, but it won’t become one of her favorite books. It’s not a story that she (or I) will reread over and over again. It was fun to read once, but thats probably enough. However, I am interested to see what happens next in Grady’s story. I will read the next installment, but it’s not at the top of my ‘to-read’ list.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions expressed are my own, I am in no way obligated to publish a favorable review.