Format: Trade Paperback
Juvenile Fiction - Action & Adventure
Set in mythical Corenwald, a blend of Rogers imagination, old West America, and some British thrown in to the mix, the story focuses on Grady. Grady is a decidedly ugly young man who assists Floyd in scamming the good folks in the country. Grady thought for years that he truly was a feechie, an ugly race of people who were thought to live in the swamps and off the land, unable to really speak. That is until the good country folk stopped believing in feechies and Floyd tried to make a few coins by promoting Grady as the ugliest boy in the world.
While I enjoyed the setting, the country dialogs, and the characters, this story seemed to just amble along with no real purpose. Grady is searching for a place to belong, and he does eventually stumble upon it by accident, but when he does it feels like a let down. I was disappointed in the ending, although glad that Grady did get some questions answered, many others were left unanswered for the reader.
Why did Floyd eventually turn on Grady? Why did the innkeeper woman feel such an affinity for Grady and offer him a home? Why were feechies looked down upon? Why were they so separated from other folks? What was the deal with Barbary, the beautiful daughter of another huckster?
In addition, since this was a Waterbrook Press publication I really expected something a bit more "religious" oriented. There wasn't a Christian or religious tone to the book at all. I don't think God (or any deity for that matter) was mentioned in the book at all other than as part of a scam (a praying machine) or that a persons ugliness was given by God.
All in all when I finished the book I really felt like I had wasted my time.
Juvenile Fiction - Religious - Christian - Fantasy
Fiction - Christian - General