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Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. 292 p. Dial Books for Young Readers/ Penguin Group (USA), June, 2015. 9781101892312.
Publisher synopsis: Do you believe in magic?
First line(s): Four small words. That was all it took to set things in motion.
Page 56: "Oh, it's nice of you to worry," said Aunt Gertrudis, "but I'm all right. Not that it's been easy with my brother and the boy. I do my best, but the situation just isn't healthy for either of them if you ask me. Honestly, I'm relieved that it's almost at an end."
Micah froze. His hand clutched the banister so tightly that all of the blood was pressed from his knuckles. It's fine. It's nothing. You promised Grandpa Ephraim you would try to get along with her.
This debut has received a TON of hype. I'm happy to report that it is well-deserved.