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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (449 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain Lawrence Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kids have been picking on 14-year-old Harold ever since he can remember. They stare at him and call him maggot or ghost boy because he's an albino. Even his mother seems angry and withdrawn when he's around.

One day the circus comes to town, and Harold runs away to join it. When Fossil Man and Princess Minikin accept him into their family, he feels that he has at long last come home. As he gains the respect of the circus owner and the beautiful trick horseback rider, Harold suddenly finds himself straddling the line between the normal people and the freaks. If only he could figure out the omniscient Gypsy Magda's warning about the high price of being normal.

Iain Lawrence builds an insightful metaphor with this story of a teenager facing his fear of being an outsider. Narrator George Guidall is the perfect guide for readers as they join Harold on his poignant journey toward self-discovery and acceptance. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tellicia Mitchell | 2/3/2014

    " In this book a 16 year old albino boy leaves home and joins the circus where he is now accepted by some of the circus members. He also encounters a love triangle with a girl named flip pharoh and her former or current "boyfriend " named Roman. Harold is also fascinated by the roses, three elephants. In adition to that he begans to teach them how to play baseball and if they succed the circus will be popular and its econmic problems will be solved. Also, one of the roses, Conrad is so attached to Harold that if Harold is being threaten the giant elepahant will attack. This book is a very intresting and unique story, the introduction could've been better and the ending could've better tied up the story, other than that the story was packed full of similies and metaphors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellie Becker | 1/28/2014

    " Harold Beesley is a ghost. Harold is an albino, lonely and an outcast. Stuck in his sad town of Liberty, Harold dreams of heading to Oregon and meeting up with his long lost brother, David, and living as mountain men together. The problem is, David has left to serve in the war, and he hasn't returned. Also, Harold has no way to escape the sad and dull life of Liberty. Until one day, when Harold meets an old Indian man on horseback, Thunder Wakes Him, and is told about the circus that passes through Liberty each year. Later on, Harold goes to the circus grounds where me meets Samuel, a gigantic fossil, and Tine, a bubbly little princess. The two side show freaks tell Harold about the Hunter and Green's Circus. Later that evening, as Harold makes his way back home, he stumbles upon a Liberty resident, Hopalong. He tells Harold all about the Cannibal King, a tough and fierce albino king from the jungle of Oola Boola Mamboo. Intrigued by the idea of meeting another albino, Harold ditches home and starts the treacherous endeavor of catching up to the circus and meeting the Cannibal King. After travelling with Thunder Wakes Him, Harold starts to travel with the Tina, Samuel, and the Gypsy Magda. The Magda is especially interested in Harold and is curious about his upcoming future. After reading Harold's tea leaves, the Gypsy warns Harold to beware of the beast who feeds with his tail, the ones with unnatural charm, and an angry young boy. Moving on, the circus starts to travel again the next morning heading north. Along the way, the group makes various stops at gas stations and fields to get fresh air. Then, the Gypsy Magda has a strange premonission and has the group stop in an Amish village to help save a soul. The Gypsy Magda saves a farmer’s daughter from dyeing, and in thanks, the farmers family offers food and a warm bed. The next morning before they left, the farmer's wife dyed Harold’s hair a jet black as a gift of thanks. Once the freak show catches up to the whole circus, Harold gets a job with Flip, a sassy cowgirl, where he trains the elephants. He quickly decides that he will teach the giant creatures how to play baseball. Furthermore, after about 2 weeks of practice and circus prep, Roman Pininski, a strong rigger who cares for Flip, returns to the circus. Harold immediately feels jealousy, because he thought that Flip and he had a relationship developing. Roman quickly learns to hate Harold and they tend to avoid each other. Moreover, the circus travels to a field on the outside of Salem. Each year, Salem has scouts from Barnum and Bailey to recruit new circus members. As the circus cleans tents and equipment, Harold finally meets the Cannibal King. He was nervous and excited, but the "king" turned out to be a regular guy. This is when Harold realizes that the beast that feeds with it's tail are the elephants, the one with unnatural charm is Flip, and he is the young angry boy. Harold is shocked that has was so naive. The king and Harold become friends and discuss what it’s like to be albino. Then, in a sudden turn of events, the elephants start to play baseball - by themselves! After witnessing such a wonderful event, the entire circus joins in the game and doesn’t stop. About mid-way through, Roman and Flip stop by and Roman says his last remarks to Harold as Flip chases off and trys to convince him that she and Harold had no sort of relationship. As the game continues, Conrad, the greatest of the elephants, takes his turn to bat, he hits, and starts to travel to first base. But out of the corner of his eye, he sees Tina, the "princess"; push Harold to run to home plate. All of a sudden, Conrad switches his path of direction and squashes Tina under his gigantic foot. The little princess was left with her entire bottom body paper thin. She dies in Samuel’s arms while squeezing Harold's hand. After this tragic event, Mr. Hunter shoots Conrad and Harold decides he doesn’t want to go to Salem after all. He's rather just go home and be with his family. So the next day, Harold catches a train home where he returns to the dull life of Liberty, but this time, he has some fascinating stories to be told. I enjoyed this book because it had such a developing story line. In short, choppy books, it's hard to feel for the characters because you haven't seen them act for long period of time. Also, this story included one of my favorite animals, horses. Lastly, I loved the fact that this book really illustrates the personality and persuasiveness of Flip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Preston Alexander | 1/24/2014

    " I thought of this as a very touching story about a boy growing through life and learning to accept himself for who he is. It shows many elements of life that people have to deal with every day- tragedies in the family, depression, bullying, and acceptance, the latter of these being the reason my language arts class read it in the first place. I gave it a 3/5 however, because there were certain parts (some of which rather substantial to the plot) which I found not probable to happen in real life. Some may argue that this is what makes books good, and I agree, but not when they play a too big of a role to the story itself. There usually has to be very probable parts in the story as well. i enjoyed this book a lot, for it had a very heartfelt ending and a good message, but it was not very realistic. That is again not to say it was bad, but that it was just not the book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christie | 1/23/2014

    " The language here is rich and the characters are compelling. Harold is complex and his coming of age story is satisfying. I hate circus stories, though because you always know something bad is going to happen with those animals. It is an easy tension. "

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