By Cassie Beasley
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This book is another fabulous one in the magical realism genre. If you liked Natalie Lloyd's Snicker of Magic last year you will love this! When Micah Tuttle's grandfather, Ephraim, was younger he was in the magical Circus Mirandus. The kind of circus we would all love to go to! Now Ephraim is not well and he is asking to use his saved miracle from the past that he got from the "Lightbender." Micah, with the help of his friend, Jenny find the Circus Mirandus, the Lightbender and Mr. Head to try and get Ephraim's miracle and save him. Wow. Talk about magical. It reminded me, too, of Megan Frazer Blakemore's delightful 2013 MG novel, The Water Castle. Circus Mirandus is beautifully written with fabulous quotes you will hold on to for a long time. I imagine that kids who like realistic fiction and/or fantasy are going to love it.
Here are just a few of my favorite quotes. There are many more scattered throughout:
"It's important when you see magic, to recognize it." (p.34)
"Just because a magic is small doesn't mean it is unimportant…
Even the smallest magics can grow." (p.120)
"…when you try too hard to hold on to something, you break it…
Sometimes we need to let go so that other people can have their chance at the magic." (p.221)
Tomorrow I have a book group meeting at Panera to talk about the book! I can't wait to hear what the kids thought!