Monday, October 19, 2015

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley is a charming story featuring a mysterious and magical circus.

Micah 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?

This charming 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.)

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