In January 1988, aged twelve, Martin Pistorius fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating; then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told that an unknown degenerative disease had left him with the mind of a baby and he probably had less than two years to live. Martin went on to be cared for at centres for severely disabled children, a shell of the bright, vivacious boy he had once been. What no-one knew is that while Martin's body remained unresponsive his mind slowly woke up, yet he could tell no-one; he was a prisoner inside a broken body. Then, in 1998, when Martin was twenty-three years old, an aromatherapy masseuse began treating him and sensed some part of him was alert. Experts were dismissive, but his parents persevered and soon realised their son was as intelligent as he'd always been. With no memory of the time before his illness, Martin was a man-child reborn in a world he didn't know. He was still in a wheelchair and unable to speak, but he was brilliantly adept at computer technology. Since then, and against all odds, he has fallen in love, married and set up a design business which he runs from his home in Essex.Ghost Boyis an incredible, deeply moving story of recovery and the power of love. Through Martin's story we can know what it is like to be here and yet not here - unable to communicate yet feeling and understanding everything. Martin's emergence from his darkness enables us to celebrate the human spirit and is a wake-up call to cherish our own lives.
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Harold Kline is an albino--an outcast. Folks stare and taunt, calling him Ghost Boy. It's been that way all of his 14 years. So when the circus comes to town, Harold runs off to join it. Full of colorful performers, the circus seems like the answer to Harold's loneliness. He's eager to meet the Cannibal King, a sideshow attraction who's an albino too. He's touched that Princess Minikin and the Fossil Man, two other sideshow curiosities, embrace him like a son. He's in love with Flip, the beguiling horse trainer, and awed by the all-knowing Gypsy Magda. Most of all, Harold is proud of training the elephants, and of earning respect and a sense of normality. Even at the circus, though, two groups exist--the freaks, and everyone else. Harold straddles both groups. But fitting in with those who are "normal" comes at a price, and sometimes it's recognizing the truth beneath what's apparent that ultimately leads to happiness . . . and turns a boy into a man.
Twenty-five years after a sadistic killer snuffed out the lives of several of the children in her town, eleven-year-old Joely is befriended by a strange boy who claims he knows who the killer is--because he was his first victim. Original.
A New York Times Bestseller This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books and I was not disappointed. A must read." -Angie Thomas, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give 'tender, timely ... surprising and hopeful' - Observer A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real-life history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. ALIVE Twelve-year-old Jerome doesn't get into trouble. He goes to school. He does his homework. He takes care of his little sister. Then Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. DEAD As a ghost, watching his family trying to cope with his death, Jerome begins to notice other ghost boys. Each boy has a story and they all have something in common... Bit by bit, Jerome begins to understand what really happened - not just to him, but to all of the ghost boys. A poignant and gripping story about how children and families face the complexities of race in today's world.
Seventh grader Ben Conover sees people no one else can see. When he confides in his best friend, it's not long before smart phones start lighting up with text messages as the air cackles with gossip and he becomes known in school as the 'Ghost Boy'. Home has become a battle ground between his Mum's acceptance and his Dad's disapproval. Ben desperately seeks his father's approval, and wants to be like a regular twelve-year-old. But he doesn't want to break free from his spirit friend, Abby, who shows up when he is in danger or about to do something wrong. She somehow guides him and he has grown very fond of her. Will Ben's father accept his son's psychic gifts? Can he persuade his father that spirits are real and not just hallucinations? And who exactly is Abby? A Middle Grade story about a boy who sees spirits.
Martin has a secret. Tonight, he's going to tell you. Once, in a small town paralyzed with fear, a sadistic human monster moved undetected, leaving a terrifying trail of bloody death … and few clues. That was twenty-five years ago. Today, two more children have just been found brutally murdered. Eleven-year-old Joely calls this town her new home. She calls the shy, strange boy named Martin her new friend. But Martin has a secret: He knows who the killer is. Because he was a victim. And unless he can stop the killings, Joely's going to be the next one. In this town, every child has a reason to be afraid. Just ask Martin …
Willy has grown up and he’s going to New York with his father to live in his mom’s dream house. He was happy to see the house, because he hadn’t gone there for a long time since 10 years ago, but he doesn’t know what will happen to him after he moves. Everything turns out so dark. He even lost his memories until he met a girl named Emily. She’s the only one who can help Willy through all this pain, but it’s difficult since Willy keeps disappearing and coming back.
- Author : Instaread
- Publisher : Instaread Summaries
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- Genre : Biography & Autobiography
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : 9876543210XXX
PLEASE NOTE: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius’ - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis Inside this Instaread: • Summary of entire book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style Preview of this Instaread: Martin Pistorius, who lost all his memories after a childhood illness, tells the story of his miraculous reawakening in his memoir, Ghost Boy. Martin was a sweet, but shy boy. He was a wizard with computers and electronics. He loved his Legos and his dog, Pookie. Martin learned from overheard conversations that his illness began when he came home from school with a sore throat. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he soon could not walk. Within a year, he was in a hospital, not moving or communicating. His muscles deteriorated, causing his hands and feet to curl up. Doctors first suspected a psychological cause. Eventually they decided he had some kind of incurable neurological disorder and advised his parents, Rodney and Joan, to institutionalize him. Instead, his mother quit her job to care for him at home. She became so distraught and despairing that the family started taking Martin to…
After so many requests to investigate the unexplainable, following their solution to the Ghost of Little Elm Lake mystery the previous summer, Paxton and Carter founded a ghost hunting society. Along with Carter's little brother, Dalton, the boys have been busy with new mysteries throughout the school year. Now that it's summer again, Paxton and Carter are into it neck deep. Dylan, Paxton's female cousin, still living in Texas, has called with news of a new ghost -- but it's not just a story. This particular ghost comes into Dylan's house and touches her cheek with his icy cold hand. He even walks the yard where her parents have seen him. The thing that really creeps Dylan out, and intrigues the boys, is that this particular ghost seems to be a little boy -- who has no head.Reading Level: 4th Grade+
GHOST BOY RETURNS It is the mid-1960s and the U.S. is in thick of the Cold War with the Soviet Union and Red China. The country's greatest asset is Ghost Boy, a young genius with amazing supernatural powers, and his eight foot tall steel and chrome robot, Pops. Ripped from the pages of Jigsaw Comics, Ghost Boy returns in this collection of four brand new adventures. A rogue army invades America; a giant monster from another dimension attacks a small western town and a cunning foreign inventor creates a machine to enslave the minds of his targets. These are just some of threats facing our heroes as penned by pulp writers Terry Alexander, J.Walt Layne, Erik Franklin and Lee Houston Jr. So hold on to your hats, pulp and comic readers, the Cold War is about to heat up!
Will and Alice Harding, and their seven-year-old son Toby, have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Hoping for a fresh start, Will's and Alice's past hides dark secrets that are just waiting to emerge. Soon, Toby begins to change; his voice, his appearance, his demeanor. Finally accepting that something is seriously wrong with their son - something traditional medicine can't help with - Will and Alice turn to folk magic for help. But can they figure out what the powerful, mysterious force is that plagues their son, and how to defeat it?
"LOST" COMIC HERO REVIVED During the 1960s America was locked in a tense Cold War with the Soviet Union, Ian Fleming's James Bond unleashed a spy craze and the Beatles swept across American shores with their version of new Pop-Rock and Roll. Meanwhile American comics had entered into the Silver Age with the birth of Marvel Comics. Every week new titles seemed to proliferate on drug store magazine spinner-racks. Now Airship 27 Productions digs deep into those long forgotten comic creative mindset to create the oddball hero, GHOST BOY. Starring young Alex Conroy as the top agent of S.O.S. (Science Operational Security) who is possessed with strange superhuman abilities. His best friend was an eight foot robot called P.O.P.S. (Photoelectric Optimal Protection Sentry). Writers Terry Alexander, Micah Harris and Andrew Salmon recapture the fun and magic of this forgotten 60s character and offer up four brand new adventures. As an extra bonus, Ron Fortier and artist Gary Kato create the origin tale of GHOST BOY in a special nine page strip which kicks off this thrilling collection, all gathered under a gorgeous cover by Laura Givens. Sixties era comics fans rejoice, GHOST BOY is here!
Tad must cross time and space to tell the secrets of the past... Froggy dreams of drowning. Just as his nightmare is coming true, he is saved by a ghost boy, Tad. But is Tad telling him the truth, and why can Froggy now see back to the past - to 1881, when Sydney was gripped by a smallpox outbreak and the Quarantine Station was full of the stench of death? With Cassie's help, Tad and Froggy realise they must trust each other in order to find what has been lost for more than one hundred years ... and allow both boys to be set free.
From the bestselling author of I Came to Say Goodbye. Can you ever escape the secrets of your past? Perfect for fans of Susan Lewis The photograph shows four smiling children. But look closer and you can tell that one of the boys has been crying. Weeks later, that little boy is dead. His mother and her boyfriend are in prison for his murder, and his brother and sisters have been fostered to separate families. No one knows for sure what happened that day, except, possibly, the three remaining children, and they’re not talking. But the past cannot be buried forever, and years later, when the truth about what happened is revealed, will it bring a final healing? Or will the legacy of fear that the children have lived with for so long, finally destroy them?
'As the rain tipped down and thunder cracked... I knew I was a ghost. I was an actor and always would be. And I had to keep it up, for as long as the person I no longer was, might live.' So begins the progress - part pilgrim, part rake - out of post-war austerity, into the boom years of the most vibrant cultural flowering since Shakespeare. Leaving home at age seven, I sing and act through education, then run away to sea. At Cambridge, in the wake of the Pythons and the Goodies, I reach the top of the comedy ladder, just as my family emigrate leaving me loose in Swinging London and seeking my fortune on the stage. Weekly rep, West End, arts lab, the Edinburgh Fringe: Ghost Boy chronicles the journey from vagabond actor to accidental playwright, to Fellow in Theatre at Bradford University, to Resident Dramatist at the National. Like Olivier and David Frost, I was a 'preacher's kid' who ducked the Hand of God to become a questioner and entertainer. A true story of dreams lived, hopes dashed, loves lost, battles won, Ghost Boy relives the leaps of faith and pratfalls into the void, that laid the ground for tomorrow's theatre.'Very, very funny and beautifully written... a recollection in laughter...' - Howard Brenton'Huge energy and wit in the writing... very evocative of the time...' - David Edgar'Terrifically well written, funny and sad... the past tantalisingly coexistent with the present.' - Andy Mayer'A witty, beguiling memoir from this distinguished writer, hurtling through Cambridge & the deceitful 60s. All his contemporaries (I am one) will recognise his sharp recall of the raging egos colliding in those far-off, magic days when we were young & knew everything & nothing.' - Miriam Margolyes
- Author : Instaread
- Publisher : CreateSpace
- Release Date : 2015-02-06
- Genre : Biography & Autobiography
- Pages : 32
- ISBN : 1507889763
PLEASE NOTE: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius' - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis Inside this Instaread: * Summary of entire book * Introduction to the Important People in the book * Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style Preview of this Instaread: Martin Pistorius, who lost all his memories after a childhood illness, tells the story of his miraculous reawakening in his memoir, Ghost Boy. Martin was a sweet, but shy boy. He was a wizard with computers and electronics. He loved his Legos and his dog, Pookie. Martin learned from overheard conversations that his illness began when he came home from school with a sore throat. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he soon could not walk. Within a year, he was in a hospital, not moving or communicating. His muscles deteriorated, causing his hands and feet to curl up. Doctors first suspected a psychological cause. Eventually they decided he had some kind of incurable neurological disorder and advised his parents, Rodney and Joan, to institutionalize him. Instead, his mother quit her job to care for him at home. She became so distraught and despairing that the family started taking Martin to...