Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Published: June 2, 2015
Publisher Dial Books
Fans of Big Fish, Peter Pan, and Roald Dahl will fall in love with Circus Mirandus, which celebrates the power of seeing magic in world.

Do you believe in magic?
Micah Tuttle does.

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn't want to keep his promise. And now it's up to Micah to get the miracle he came for.

My Thoughts

Magical and enchanting. 

A perfect adventure for any young reader looking to explore the world of magic and the possibilities of miracles.

Circus Mirandus is in the business of nurturing magic in the world. It is an inspirer of children that is overflowing with magical animals and performers. Entry into the circus is a special ticket that only works if you believe in magic. Micah Tuttle has grown up believing in Circus Mirandus. He’s lived with his Grandpa Ephraim since he was four years old and was raised hearing about this wonderful place. Now at the age of ten, Micah goes in search of Circus Mirandus hoping to find the Lightbender in a last ditch effort to have him save his dying grandfather.

With his new friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, they journey through adventures that only those who believe in magic and miracles can see. However, when the Lightbender is unable to grant his promise to fulfill a miracle for Micah’s grandfather, everything he believes in begins to crumble.

Circus Mirandus is a wonderful story that is full of surprises and overflowing with enchantment. If you consider the target audience for this book is children between the ages of 9 and 11, you’ll easily fall into this magical and inspiring story. There were moments when the journey seemed aimless at times, but it was always entertaining.

Filled with a diverse cast of characters, I truly enjoyed Cassie Beasley’s story. It was nothing like I expected, which is always a pleasant surprise. Circus Mirandus is the perfect novel for any young reader hoping to travel through magical adventures that are easy to imagine and believe.
4 Snowflakes


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