Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence

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Harold Kline is an albino--an outcast. Folks stare and taunt, calling him Ghost Boy. It's been that way 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 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 normality. Even at the circus, though, two groups exist--the freaks, and everyone else.

Harold straddles both groups. But fitting in with those who are "normal" comes at a price, and sometimes it's recognizing the truth beneath what's apparent that ultimately leads to happiness . . . and turns a boy into a man.

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About Iain Lawrence

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Iain Lawrence is the author of many acclaimed novels.
Published May 14, 2002 by Laurel Leaf. 352 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But, it is the ache of Harold’s longing to be a part of something and the gift that these odd circus people offer that sets this coming-of-age road story apart from the average YA novel.

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An albino boy runs off to find comfort among the members of a circus troupe in post-WWII America.

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In lyrical prose, the narrative probes the isolation and alienation of 14-year-old Harold, better known as ""Ghost Boy."" As the novel opens, Harold awaits a train that does not stop (two years after the war, he still hopes his brother will be on it), when the Old Indian from Hunter and Green's C...

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Fourteen-year-old Harold Kline is an albino, a boy with no color.

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