A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Gripping fantasy grapples with whether or not magic is real.
Believe in magic. Have faith in others. Be true to friends and family.
Positive Role Models
Micah is a good friend and loyal grandson, and he never gives up trying to help those he loves.
Violence & Scariness
There's one mean-spirited character who doesn't mind hurting others, but the damage is minimal.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Circus Mirandus is a fantastical novel in which children delight in a magical circus that exists solely to enchant them. The novel alternates between the present-day story of a fifth-grader named Micah Tuttle, who's grappling with the impending death of his beloved grandfather (and sole guardian), Ephraim Tuttle, and Ephraim's experiences as a boy at the Circus Mirandus. Micah, with the help of his no-nonsense friend Jenny, embark on a quest to save his grandfather with the help of the circus. Although Micah is about to be orphaned and left in the care of a cold and humorless great-aunt, the wonders of faith, hope, and magic assuage any lingering sadness.
Is It Any Good?
The true magic of this gripping fantasy, besides the wondrous world conjured by its author, lies in its ability to make the reader crave to believe in the impossible. You want to be on the side of those open-minded enough to suspend rational disbelief and delight in the sights of butterflies that turn into fairies or a woman who flies with birds -- and not the practical, often cranky (and usually adult) disbelievers who aren't allowed into the Circus Mirandus in the first place.
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