This was a surprising book, unlike anything I have read recently.
It is the story of Grady (no last name), a young boy who has been
traveling with a huckster from town to town from his earliest memory.
He doesn't know if he is related to the man but believes that he
isn't. The man, Floyd, does various schemes to trick the townsfolk
in each village out of their coins. Most of the schemes involve
Grady in some form or fashion. The story, told by Grady, takes
place sometime in the past on a fictional island called Corenwald.
I have not read much in the fantasy realm, but I was fascinated
by this one. I don't want to give away the story because it is
worth reading for yourself. The final page of the book says, "Grady's
story will continue in the fall of 2011."
This is a paperback of about 305 pages, and the genre stated on
the back of the book is Fiction/Fantasy/Young Adult. I plan to
assign this book for my 12-year-old granddaughter this semester.
I will be interested to see her take on it when she writes her
book report. There is nothing Christian about this book but there
is nothing pagan about it either. It is a secular book, but there
is no magic, evil, or anything other than pure human foibles involved.
It is very appropriate for your pre-teen or teenager to read. It's