The Charlatan’s Boy releases five weeks from today, on October 5. By way of foretaste, I offer up the chapter titles for the first half of the book. They should give you an idea of what you can expect. So might the illustration to the left. It is the frontispiece, done by the exceedingly talented Abe Goolsby. Here’s something you probably didn’t know about Abe: he taught himself Latin, which he speaks with an Italian accent. And why shouldn’t Latin be spoken in an Italian accent? If you’re a publisher, you need to know Abe. He does great work.
Now, for those chapter titles…

Chapter 1:
In which I jump out of a box and play the Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp

Chapter 2:
In which we get out of the feechie trade and I begin my formal education

Chapter 3:
In which I take up a new trade and get flabbergasted

Chapter 4:
In which I find a mama

Chapter 5:
In which Floyd and me take up phrenology

Chapter 6:
In which I ruin a feller’s hairdo and nearbout get smashed for it

Chapter 7:
In which we leave a hundred villages wanting more and Floyd hits on the biggest scheme yet

Chapter 8:
In which we build a roaring machine

Chapter 9:
In which we surprise some cattle drovers

Chapter 10:
In which a singing dog causes a fistfight

Chapter 11:
In which we meet the Blossom of Bonifay, the Chalkboard Bully, and the world’s most beautiful eighty-two-year-old

Chapter 12:
In which I cause a whole new kind of rumpus at the stock market

  • brett vargason
    1:08 PM, 31 August 2010

    YOU ROCK!!!!!

  • Aaron Roughton
    2:09 PM, 31 August 2010

    Just last night my oldest daughter Laney (almost 9) came in and said that she didn’t have any books “full of adventure” to read on her own. I’m reading North! Or Be Eaten at bedtime to all 3 kids, but she wanted something for herself. I handed her the Charlatan’s Boy, and she went back to her room. About an hour later as I closed Bark Of The Bog Owl and turned off the light on my nightstand I heard Laney coming down the stairs. She was giggling, and wanted to ask me what the word “flabbergasted” meant. She was well into chapter 3 and said she loved it. “There are all sorts of made up words!” All that to say that you made us late for school this morning on account of we all stayed up too late reading your books. Thanks.

  • sally apokedak
    2:16 PM, 31 August 2010

    @ Aaron, I’m willing to bet that a Jonathan Rogers book is better than school 99 times out of a 100.

  • Aaron Roughton
    2:22 PM, 31 August 2010

    I agree completely, Sally. And so do my kids.

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