The Charlatan’s Boy

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Back when villagers still believed in fefechiefolks – which wasn’t that long ago – Floyd make his living by giving lectures about feechies and charging a cooper for a look a genuine real-lie he-feechie. Which was me.

Book: The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers, Waterbrook Press, 2010
 The Charlatan's Boy: A Novel
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Target Audience: Boys 11-15
Subjects: Truth, Identity
Summary: Grady knows nothing of his true identity. He knows plenty of lies though. As the charlatan’s boy, he is an expert on lies. He has pretended to be a feechie, the ugliest boy in the world, a phrenology assistant and more. Floyd, the man who has provided for him certainly can’t be trusted to say anything truthful. So Grady just goes along with whatever Floyd’s latest scheme is, secretly longing to know who he truly is.
Notes: This book contains no spiritual element. There is no ultimate being, no book of ultimate authority, no hint of the supernatural. It’s just an adventure story with a couple of fantasy kind of beings that show up towards the end. Grady is searching for truth, but doesn’t ever make any kind of choice to stop deception, just finds what satisfies him and then the story ends.
Recommendation Scale: 1/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Timothy 2:3-4 –For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.


sally apokedak said...

I read your review of this book on Amazon and I left a comment there telling you why I think there is spiritual content in The Charlatan's Boy. You can see my post on that subject here if you're interested.

I left the comment over there and then I clicked over to see who you are, because I always like finding new reviewers of Christian children's books. You've read a lot more of them than I have. This is great. What a good resource this site is.

J:-)mi said...

Thank you for your feedback Sally! I appreciate that! Other opinions are good to have! I'm glad you find this site useful! This is one of my ministries and I definitely want it to be useful! Someday I'll get all of this put into a searchable database. It's started and you can view it by going to that section at .
~ J:-)mi

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