Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley is a charming story featuring a mysterious and magical circus.
doesn't want to believe that his grandpa Ephraim is dying, but in his
heart, he knows it's true. All his life, Micah has listened to, and
believed in, his grandfather's stories about the magical Circus Mirandus
and the enigmatic Lightbender. Once upon a time, the Lightbender
promised Grandpa Ephraim a miracle . . . and Micah thinks that now would
be the perfect time to call in that promise. But how can Micah find the
circus before it's too late -- and even if he does, is the Lightbender
powerful enough to save Grandpa Ephraim's life?
story touches on so many themes: the power of belief, the bonds of
familial love and friendship, courage in the face of adversity. I'd have
loved to see more of the circus, and on reflection I think some of the
characters may be a bit flat, but this is still an exceptionally good
read and an impressive debut from a talented and promising author.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)