Friday, January 8, 2016

FANTASTIC FRIDAY: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley


ABOUT THE BOOK

Fans of Big Fish, Peter Pan, and Roald Dahl will fall in love with Circus Mirandus, which celebrates the power of seeing magic in world.

Do you believe in magic?
Micah Tuttle does.

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn't want to keep his promise. And now it's up to Micah to get the miracle he came for.

REVIEW

I've heard a lot about this book since it first came out, but for some reason it just didn't appeal to me much.  But now I can say that I'm glad that I've read it.  I liked it more than I expected, despite fact that Micah's grandfather is dying.  I had a hard time reading about Micah's awful relationship with his Great-Aunt Gertrudis, I wanted to leap into the book and give her a piece of my mind.  She does everything in her power to keep Micah away from his grandfather despite the fact that he is dying and they need every last minute together they can get.  The stories about the wonderful circus were fun though along with all the creative things that could be found at the circus, including the Man Who Bends Light (the Lightbender).  Visiting such a place would be pretty awesome.  The circus helps make up for some of the other unpleasantness that goes on.  It wasn't hard to figure out though that the miracle that Micah desire's is not the same as the one that his grandfather asked for.  Making predictions about how the story would end wasn't too hard, but it was interesting getting there nonetheless.  Lots of fun details and the themes of love and faith run throughout the story.  A good read for youngsters who like a dose of magic to go with the hard things of life.


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