A grave injustice, a life sentence, is carried out on a boy not yet 2 years old. Greg Runnerstrum is judged to be retarded, he is ridiculed daily. The bullies pound this scarlet letter into him at will with glee. This is a
must read for those who abhor socialized injustice and cheer the triumph of the spirit over all obstacles. For Greg Runnerstrum may start out on the bottom but he surely doesn't end up there, quite the contrary. A small assortment of people from different walks of life see beyond the stigmatized Greg. Strangers really, they find a most worthwhile human being who grows thanks to their nurturing. From a dismal beginning, reader's spirits will soar with Greg as he finds his way through life - to the American dream and beyond.
This work will appeal to readers on several levels. Psychologically, 'The Dummy' deals with as boy's non-existent self-esteem and how his peers perceive and treat him based on his 'label'. How prejudices die ever
so slowly upon the revelation that Greg is really brilliant. Emotionally, it's a roller coaster ride. Depressing at first, as everyday situations trigger past injustices. The beatings and humiliations will bring a sense of rage
among readers. Sensual, for who would ever thought that Greg would find true love and deal with it on a mature, emotional level? Philanthropic, as Greg, with nothing to give, is given everything and enjoys returning the favor by helping others, anonymously. Introspective. Are you Greg? Greg's friend? Or one of his tormentors?
- Alan S. Ferguson