Klause, Annette Curtis. Freaks: Alive, on the Inside!(Brief Article) (Young Adult Review) (Book Review)

Author:Rohrlick, Paula

KLAUSE, Annette Curtis. Freaks; alive, on the inside! Simon & Schuster. 336p. c2006. 0689-87037-X. $16.96. S

Teenage Abel stands out in his surroundings because he's the only one who's "normal": he has grown up in a freak show, the Faeryland 1899 Review, and everyone around him is a human oddity of one kind or another. A Siamese twin gives him a mysterious Egyptian ring and Abel starts to have vivid dreams about an exotic and seductive woman. He runs off to seek his fortune--and to find a girl who isn't bearded to kiss. Abel joins a circus, but he's flung off the circus train when it's discovered that he was followed by a hair-covered "dog boy" from Faeryland. The two end up doing odd jobs in a brothel (nothing explicit here, but there's some suggestive language throughout the novel) and then join a traveling freak show, Dr. Mink's Monster Menagerie. There Abel finds the woman of his dreams--a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy who...

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