- Author: Cassie Beasley
- Illustrator: Diana Sudyka
- Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
- Published: June 2015
- ISBN-10: 0525428437
- ISBN-13: 9780525428435
- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 2015
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
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"When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life"--
One strange afternoon, 10-year-old Micah Tuttle finds out that magic is real. Micah always thought Grandpa Ephraim's wild stories of the centuries-old Circus Mirandus were spun solely for his amusement. But when his dying grandfather writes a letter to the "Lightbender," hoping to call in the miracle the magician had promised him as a boy, Micah learns the stories were true, and the appearance of Ms. Chintzy, the circus' cantankerous parrot messenger, clinches the deal. Happily, Micah finds a loyal if somewhat challenging friend to help him track down the elusive light-bending magician: the magic-leery, science-minded Jenny Mendoza. Their budding rapport is nuanced and complex, a refreshing illustration of how absolute like-mindedness is not a prerequisite for friendship. On one level, the book is a fantastical circus romp, with fortunetelling vultures and "a wallaby that could burp the Greek alphabet." On another, it's both serious and thick with longing: Micah's ache for th e companionship of his once-vital guardian-grandfather; Grandpa Ephraim's boyhood yearning for his absent father, as fleshed out in flashbacks; the circus founders' desire to keep enchantment alive in a world where "faith is such a fragile thing." A delicious confection and much more: it shows that the human heart is delicate, that it matters, and that it must be handled with care. (Fiction. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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