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About The Charlatan's Boy

“I only know one man who might be able to tell me where I come from, and that man is a liar and a fraud.” 

As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.
It’s a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as “The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.” But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.
When Floyd stages an elaborate plot to revive Corenwalders’ belief in the mythical swamp-dwellers known as the feechiefolk, he overshoots the mark. Floyd’s Great Feechie Scare becomes widespread panic. Eager audiences become angry mobs, and in the ensuing chaos, the Charlatan’s Boy discovers the truth that has evaded him all his life—and will change his path forever.


Praise for Jonathan Rogers
“The unusual settings and characters keep the surprises coming, while Rogers’s lovely descriptions and distinctive voice keep the pages turning. Faith fiction readers of all ages should enjoy this…”
Publishers Weekly

“Jonathan Rogers knows how to tell a story. He’ll take you to fantastic lands that somehow still feel close to home and keep you happily guessing until the end. His fantasy tales ring of folklore and seem to spring up out of history like old willows in an earthy bog. Dr. Rogers never fails to serve up uncanny adventures that, like some impossibly nutritious brownies, are ridiculously tasty and deeply fulfilling.”
—Wayne Thomas Batson, best-selling author of The Door Within Trilogy

“Jonathan Rogers has created a new kind of story—part fantasy, part southern fiction. It’s sad and funny and heartwarming. Imagine a southern version of a C. S. Lewis story or a Christian version of a Mark Twain tale. Imagine a world where dragons are alligators, the American South is an island kingdom of cowboys and swamp dwellers, and ugliness, it turns out, is profoundly beautiful. Jonathan Rogers, a Georgia boy with a PhD, a strong faith, and a healthy imagination, gives us a timeless story no one else could have written. I loved it.”
—Andrew Peterson, author of The Wingfeather Saga

About Jonathan Rogers

Jonathan Rogers grew up in Georgia, where he spent many happy hours in the swamps and riverbottoms on which the wild places of The Charlatan’s Boy are based. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English literature from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

320 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Oct 5, 2010

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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“I only know one man who might be able to tell me where I come from, and that man is a liar and a fraud.”

Download and read the first two chapters of  The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers.

In this frontier fantasy, a traveling huckster and his adolescent assistant perpetrate an elaborate hoax on the good citizens of Corenwald. When the scheme leads to widespread panic, the results are hilarious, terrifying, and revealing.

Download and read the first two chapters of  The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers.

By Teela Young

Roger's story is funny yet sad about Grady, a young boy, who is extremely ugly, and living with & always striving for the approval of an ever scheming huckster named Floyd. Floyd claims to have found Grady as a wee one under a Palmetto tree. Since Grady only knows of the life he has with Floyd, he feels a loyalty to Floyd, while feeling his heart is sending up red flags that would signal things are not always as they should be when Floyd...

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By Peter Story

This has got to be one of the quirkiest books I've read in a while - and that's not a bad thing. The narrative was absolutely charming, and the author writes in such a natural, flowing way. The dialogue felt natural and was a pleasure to read, and the author did a wonderful job of character development. The story wasn't particularly edgy, and it didn't have any unpredictable twists; however that didn't stop me from wanting to turn the...

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Grady has no memory of his origins. Not for lack of trying, though; he has spent many hours trying to remember a family or home before Floyd, a huckster who makes his living perpetrating hoaxes on villages. Each time he asks Floyd where he came from, he receives a different story. One story is that he found him squawling under a palmetto bush; another story is that his real mama gave him away because he was too ugly to keep. Grady is...

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By Lindsay Franklin

The Story: Orphan boy Grady doesn't remember any life besides traveling around with conniving showman Floyd, pulling hoaxes on the good people of Corenwald. He longs for the simpler times when he was billed as "The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp." But those days are gone. No one believes in feechies anymore. Unless... Unless Floyd and Grady can make them believe. The charlatan and his boy set out to create a Great Feechie Scare--one...

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By Jennifer Jensen

If you have ever struggled with who you are, with what it means to be you, then reading this story will capture your imagination. A young boy who doesnâ??t know his past is being raised by a â??charlatanâ?? who goes from village to village in an imaginary country to earn money by conning people into hearing tales of mythical creatures or having their futures told. When the charlatan comes up with a plan to create the ultimate scam, a new...

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