Circus Mirandus

Book review by
Amanda May Dundas, Common Sense Media
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A mesmerizing journey through a wonderful, magical world.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Gripping fantasy grapples with whether or not magic is real.

Positive Messages

Believe in magic. Have faith in others. Be true to friends and family.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Micah is a good friend and loyal grandson, and he never gives up trying to help those he loves.


There's one mean-spirited character who doesn't mind hurting others, but the damage is minimal.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byAniDReed March 26, 2016

Beautiful journey

Loved reading this book with my daughter. It was such a touching story that we read in again
Adult Written byRavenflightTheN... December 25, 2015


This book is perfect for all ages. Be warned, though: Your kids will be listening for the pipes and drums of Circus Mirandus long after the last page.
Kid, 9 years old November 26, 2017

My Favorite Fantasy Book Of This Year

Circus Mirandus is a fabulous book. And Cassie Beasley is a great author, always using the best and most descriptive details to weave a magical world. I love ho... Continue reading

What's the story?

Micah Tuttle, orphaned at a young age, is about to lose the only parent he knows: his grandfather Ephraim, who raised him on fantastical stories about the Circus Mirandus. Ephraim was lucky enough to have visited the circus as a child and even luckier to have received a promise of a miracle from the circus' main attraction, the Man Who Bends Light. Ephraim saved his miracle and now tells Micah that he's hoping to redeem it. Micah and his practical and disbelieving friend Jenny set off to find the circus and convince the Man Who Bends Light to make good on his promise of a miracle and save his grandfather.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the power of belief. Do you think magic is real? Why is it so important in the book to believe in it?

  • The story weaves in and out of the past and present. How does knowing Ephraim's story as a young boy change the way you think about what's happening in the present day?

  • Why is Micah's great-aunt Gertrudis so mean to him?

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