Ghost Boy

Ghost Boy Summary

They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years.

In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, 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 an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live.

Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.

Ghost Boyis the heart-wrenching story of one boy's return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent's resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin's mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.

We also see a life reclaimed a business created, a new love kindled all from a wheelchair. Martin's emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

Book Reviews


Remarkable Story!5 star

I found myself becoming so protective of him and praying he wouldn’t get hurt again in any way form or fashion. Truly a remarkable story by the most courageous man with incredible strength inside and out. After reading this book, it makes my problems seem so minute. I now feel like I can conquer anything life throws at me no matter how big or small. This book is a “must read” especially if you’re digging for inspiration.55

Kit D Kat 100

Ghost Boy5 star

One of the best books I’ve ever read. A true story everybody should read who’s in health care. Also teachers. Makes one thankful for everything you have. Kit D Kat 10055


This book was awesome !5 star

I have just finished reading this book and I will read it again and again. It was so well written and inspiring in soo many ways. Thank you Martin so much for telling us your story !55


An Awakening5 star

Eye opening and heart wrenching. I have been changed. So elegantly written, I didn't want it to end.55


Inspiring!5 star

This was a wonderful book that was nearly impossible to put down until I finished. Martin you are an amazing man that deserves all the blessings this world has to offer. You are inspiring as you are truly honest as you tell your story. I can honestly say after reading your words that you have affected my life in a positive way. You give hope to keep reaching for your dreams. Thank you for sharing your story. God bless you and yours!55


Good reading5 star

Excellent book!55


Ghost Boy5 star

Thanks for sharing your life! The book tells the story of life. It demands the basic need people have for respect, and love no matter what might be seen from the outside. I’m so impressed with the person that was forged in silence, and the people that recognized, and helped rescue you.55


Ghost Boy5 star

One of the best books I've read in a very long time. I would find myself up until midnight reading not realizing it had gotten so late. Truly a very good book.55

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Remarkable5 star

A truly inspiring story. I will never forget the book.55


Ghost Boy4 star

This was an engaging book that stirred my heart. I was drawn in immediately and was rooting for the title character, Martin, to find happiness and a sense of normalcy. Well written and easy to read!45

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