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FREE READ Ghost Boy 100 » 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 itFull 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 tL 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 trainin. I picked this one up because I recently wrote a story featuring a boy about this protagonist's age who also has albinism and I was interested to see how the author handles it Incidentally both this and the last book I read had ghost in the title without referring to an actual ghostAs far as how albinism was handled I think I can best say freuently Harold identified for the first few pages as the Ghost based on a nickname bullies gave him is constantly looking at himself and ruing his white white skin He literally dreams as well as daydreams about how wonderful it would be to have tan skin or freckly skin or any skin other than the milky chalky whitewash skin he's in I don't think a page of the roughly seventy I read goes by without Harold being intensely aware of how pale he isHarold goes fishing Gets bummed over the paleness of his reflection Rubs mud on his armsHarold sees a shed snakeskin Wishes he could shed his own skin for a tanned oneHarold falls asleep Dreams about how everyone would love him if only he didn't have that pesky albinismThe author kind of does this with all character descriptions really If someone is small she's small in every way the thesaurus provides every time she appears And when Harold spends awhile hanging out with Thunder Wakes Him there are passages about the contrast between their skins like whitewash and terracotta that kind of make me sick Same thing when the fortune teller appears Anyone who isn't one hundred percent Caucasian gets herhis skin color described to death with every appearanceThis treatment of a teen boy living with albinism was not too helpful for me given how much Harold lets the condition define him I'm interested in how people with albinism go about their lives regardless not RUN OFF AND JOIN THE CIRCUS because NO ONE ELSE ACCEPTS THEMI also found it a little odd how the author referred multiple times to how blurry Harold's vision is His descriptions make it clear he has nystagmus and certainly it and other vision issues are commonly associated with albinism but in my research I consistently found accounts from people with albinism saying that their vision was NOT blurry They said that it can be hard for normally sighted people to imagine someone having low vision without having blurry vision but that that was the case for them A better description one offered was that their vision is low resolutionUltimately what made me put it down was a lack of real attachment to the characters and story plus the fact that I found the writing style at times pretentious I had to create a new shelf didn't finish for it because couldn't finish was too harsh I could have finished it just didn't feel the need to

Ghost BoyL 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 trainin. I picked this one up because I recently wrote a story featuring a boy about this protagonist's age who also has albinism and I was interested to see how the author handles it Incidentally both this and the last book I read had ghost in the title without referring to an actual ghostAs far as how albinism was handled I think I can best say freuently Harold identified for the first few pages as the Ghost based on a nickname bullies gave him is constantly looking at himself and ruing his white white skin He literally dreams as well as daydreams about how wonderful it would be to have tan skin or freckly skin or any skin other than the milky chalky whitewash skin he's in I don't think a page of the roughly seventy I read goes by without Harold being intensely aware of how pale he isHarold goes fishing Gets bummed over the paleness of his reflection Rubs mud on his armsHarold sees a shed snakeskin Wishes he could shed his own skin for a tanned oneHarold falls asleep Dreams about how everyone would love him if only he didn't have that pesky albinismThe author kind of does this with all character descriptions really If someone is small she's small in every way the thesaurus provides every time she appears And when Harold spends awhile hanging out with Thunder Wakes Him there are passages about the contrast between their skins like whitewash and terracotta that kind of make me sick Same thing when the fortune teller appears Anyone who isn't one hundred percent Caucasian gets herhis skin color described to death with every appearanceThis treatment of a teen boy living with albinism was not too helpful for me given how much Harold lets the condition define him I'm interested in how people with albinism go about their lives regardless not RUN OFF AND JOIN THE CIRCUS because NO ONE ELSE ACCEPTS THEMI also found it a little odd how the author referred multiple times to how blurry Harold's vision is His descriptions make it clear he has nystagmus and certainly it and other vision issues are commonly associated with albinism but in my research I consistently found accounts from people with albinism saying that their vision was NOT blurry They said that it can be hard for normally sighted people to imagine someone having low vision without having blurry vision but that that was the case for them A better description one offered was that their vision is low resolutionUltimately what made me put it down was a lack of real attachment to the characters and story plus the fact that I found the writing style at times pretentious I had to create a new shelf didn't finish for it because couldn't finish was too harsh I could have finished it just didn't feel the need to

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Ghost Boy Ü 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 itFull of colorful performers the circus seems like the answer to Harold's loneliness He's eager to meet the Canniba. It's the close of World War II Harold Kline is an albino and an outcast living with his mother a disheartened widow who's since remarried While she's trying to forget the husband and son she lost in the war Harold misses his dead father and older loving brother who's been deemed MIA Harold must now endure on his own the daily taunts of Ghost and Maggot and other names used by the normal people of his small home town of Liberty When a run down circus comes to town Harold seizes the chance to run away with the freaks from the traveling circus There Harold gets some of the acceptance he's been craving But when he discovers a talent for working with the circus's aging elephants he's torn between remaining among the freaks who initially accepted him or trying to fit in with the normal circus folkThis book is an educational picture of a way of life that's now gone and at the same time a timeless tale of the lure of acceptance and belonging versus the pressure to be normal in order to fit in I recommend this book as an entertaining read and for presenting a uniue look at a moral dilemma The writing is well crafted and authentic feeling The characters are genuinely likable and understandable and one can clearly see both sides of the fitting in uestion clearly and fairly It's well worth the reading time not only for those who like me enjoy walking a mile in the other guy's moccasins but for everyone DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Iain Lawrence

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Iain Lawrence ¿ 0 FREE READ G 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 ho. I saw this book on a display at the library and it brought back memories from elementary school so I couldn't resist checking it out and revisiting it Some books we read and love as children are timeless and we can revisit them again and again This one was a uick read and entertaining but the plot was definitely very straightforward and much predictable than my 5th grade self remembers I also just finished A Storm of Swords which is perhaps one of the most detailed and complex plots of all time so that may be why I felt so disappointed It definitely brought back memories of being different and not fitting in which is probably why I found it so relatable in elementary school I was never a popular kid and was much happier with my books than interacting with other people I wonder if all book lovers have a little bit of outsider in them I definitely love stories of those who don't fit in The Phantom of the Opera Jane Eyre Beauty and the Beast etc and it's probably because I WAS that kid and many times still am I loved the animals in the book especially Honey The elephant storyline was SO similar to Water for Elephants I had to look up which was published first and it was this book I wonder if Sara Gruen drew any inspiration from this Water for Elephants is definitely grown up but there were so many similarities I definitely wonderIt was pretty basic and predictable but nonetheless a fun little wave of nostalgia