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Beasley, Cassie.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 4.6

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

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 Ephrai m 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. 
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program, 2017)

Booktalk #2

For as long as Micah Tuttle can remember he has enjoyed his grandfather’s stories about a magical circus that calls to children who believe in magic. Circus Mirandus is a wonderful place where magic is real, people can fly, and children can have their hearts desire. Now Grandpa Tuttle is dying, but he has one last wish that can only be granted by the famed illusionist of Circus Mirandus, The Man Who Bends Light. Can Micah believe that Circus Mirandus is real and unlock the answers to his grandfather’s wish? Join Micah and his new skeptical best friend Jenny as they make the magical journey to Circus Mirandus and explore the boundaries of magic! (Vermont DCF Book Award 2017)

Booktalk #3

Micah loves to listen to his grandpa’s stories about the enchanting, but invisible, Circus Mirandus. Micah needs some enchantment in his life to escape the awful reality of his mean Aunt Gertudis. Micah is already an orphan, and his grandfather, who loves him, is dying. Micah, who enjoys tying knots, must set out to untangle a metaphorical one. He must find Circus Mirandus, and convince the Lightbender to grant his Grandpa’s last wish. Circus Mirandus is both whimsical and serious. The characterization and fantasy plot will draw readers in. Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley will make an excellent read-aloud.  (Oklahoma Intermediate Sequoyah Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     Circus -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Grandfathers -- Fiction.
                        Great-aunts -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Sick -- Fiction.

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