Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Memes: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

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?

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.

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. 


  1. So happy you are enjoying it. This is one I hope to read soon. Been getting some recommendations for it:)

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  2. I love when a book lives up to the hype! This sounds like such an interesting premise. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I am SO happy to hear you say that. I won the book and an awesome package with it. The book itself is super cool with an fantastic cover under the jacket. I will be sharing a photo on my Sunday post, so come on by and check it out.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  4. What were those four words? I'd definitely keep reading to find out. This sounds like a fascinating story.
    My Friday post features The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.

  5. Everything about Circus Mirandus looks fun. I will have to watch for it. Happy Friday!

  6. Looks like a fun read!
    Happy weekend!