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Theo and Mary are good-hearted husband and wife but have disfigured faces and deformities that make them the subject of daily ridicule in their small town. When the townspeople drive them ...
Theo and Mary are good-hearted husband and wife but have disfigured faces and deformities that make them the subject of daily ridicule in their small town. When the townspeople drive them away, they take all their belongings and deep in the woods find an enchanting and magical world, where they set up their home. Soon thereafter, a son, RAY, is born.
Ray is kind and wiser beyond his years. He possesses special gifts, including the ability to speak with the elements and animals. When his parents discover he has great natural powers beyond their wildest dream, they want to uncover the mystery behind it as it slowly begins to emerge. With a series of unexplainable events surrounding them, Theo and Mary learn to accept that their son's magical gifts come from above. As they witness the miracle from the Lord, it helps them develop not just an appreciation for nature but they learn to love and respect other living things as well.
Realizing their son is exceptionally intelligent Mary and Theo overcome their own fear of humiliation and send Ray to school when he is five. At school, Ray wins over a group of bullies led by Matt through a combination of his special powers in healing a bird and his friendly nature. Later, Ray, Matt, and two other boys risk danger in the forest to find another boy who has run away from home because of problems with his parents. Ray is able to locate the boy, and then Theo finds the group and assists in their return to town.
The townspeople are so grateful to Theo that they plan a big party in the family's honor. When told of Theo%u2019s concerns about rejection, the town instead throws open its heart and mind to welcome the family into their community.
Theo gives a speech that brings home to the town the meaning of unconditional love, responsibilities of parenthood, and the knowledge that true beauty comes from within.
Posted January 14, 2013
Reviewed by Trisha Dawn Daffon for Readers Favorite
"A Boy Named Ray" starts with the couple Theo and Mary. These two are good people but their physical deformities had made them outcasts in the town they lived in. People were mean to them and this has driven the couple to leave the place they called home and they look for another one which will be far from any society. They have walked for a long time until they have reached a forest. It intimidated them at first as it was a mysterious and scary place, but they walked on. Soon they found a hidden haven, a small paradise. After making sure that no one lived near the place, they settled in. At first it seemed as though they had everything that they wanted but Mary, in her heart, wanted a child to complete their family. Soon they were blessed with a son and they named him Ray. As the child grew, he brought wonders to the lives of the couple and made something impossible, a miracle which they thought would never happen at all.
I like this book. The words are simple enough for anyone to understand and it made me imagine easily. I could imagine the forest, the town, the kids in the school. The words were so effective that they made me feel as though I was actually there watching them as the story unfolds. The characters are well formed. I could imagine Theo, Mary and Ray as if they were real people. All in all, the story is really that simple and it is not a bad thing. Even those who are not fond of reading would be attracted to read this because it does not have any complications. At first I thought the story was almost surreal and I was afraid people might not be able to relate to it but little by little, it showed me a possibility, a scenario, that could actually happen in real life if we make things work. It succeeded in making me feel inspired and hopeful. Lastly, I think this book would be great for kids. Ray is a great example for them to follow.