Circus Mirandus

Circus Mirandus

Book - 2015
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"When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780525428435
Characteristics: 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sudyka, Diana - Illustrator


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Feb 02, 2018

Ten year old Micah Tuttle has been raised by his grandfather Ephraim since his parents died several years before. It has been the two of them against the world, and Micah couldn't be happier. His favorite pastime: listening to his grandfather tell him the story of the time he visited the magical Circus Mirandus. But the little world the two inhabit disintegrates as Ephraim's health takes a turn for the worse. There's only one thing that can help them: Ephraim wants to cash in on the miracle the circus' Lightbender promised him when he was ten. But can even the powerful Lightbender grant Ephraim's most cherished wish? He will if Micah has anything to say about it...but what is Ephraim's wish?

Although almost 300 pages long, I finished it in less than four hours. That isn't a testament to my speediness as much as it is Beasley's skill in weaving a story of magical realism and creating wonderful characters. From the second page, you want to reach out and hug Micah and, as is fitting in a book like this, you cheer when characters are introduced to help Micah on his quest, including the earnest Jenny Mendoza and The Messenger. Beasley also does a wonderful job describing the magical circus and its performers; I could vividly imagine every scene she described, and that's not always easy for a reader like me.

The big question the story poses is what is the nature of Magic and why Ephraim and Micah so willingly embrace it? Not to give anything away, but that question can be answered in part by another character...but why is Ephraim so reluctant to talk about them?

I sniffled several times throughout this story, but ultimately it lead to a heartwarming ending. Recommended for all readers Middle Grade and older.

Jan 09, 2018

What a wonderful book! It takes the reader on a remarkable journey from despair to hopefulness; a journey full of faith in those we love and of magic. I highly recommend Circus Mirandus.

JCLChrisK May 04, 2016

A book about finding magic and enchantment and courage both in the mundane moments of everyday life and during life's heartbreaking and tragic times.

Apr 07, 2016

What a delightful story on the power of believing and faith. Timeless and applicable to all age groups. It's up to you to interpret the message from a religious or magical lens; the end result is the same for both.
Through a child's eyes and simple faith, miracles occur. Not necessarily what was originally hoped for, but the actual result is the best one.
Will become a classic and a good choice for your collection.

Jan 05, 2016

I really could put myself in this character's shoes, and feel what it was like to be Micah. This is a great book about magic, love, and friendship. I would definitely recommend this book for you to read!!!

Oct 01, 2015

This just was too much like The Night Circus the Jr. Version for me. I wanted to feel closer to the 2 main characters but didn't, because they didn't feel real to me. Okay but not amazing.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Sep 14, 2015

This is a delightful, timeless story that will appeal widely to kids and adults alike. Beasley is a wonderful storyteller- loved the writing, loved the characters. Looking forward to her future works.

PimaLib_MaryG Sep 01, 2015

This is a marvelous book about the power of magic and seeing the world with a child's eye. I loved it.

Aug 05, 2015

Well written. I think the back and forth between grandpa's story and Micah's, kinda slowed the suspense down. Loved the relationship between the grandpa and Micah.

May 25, 2015

This is a pretty exemplary new book, and one that deserves a wide readership (which I think it will find). It's about a kid named Micah and his dying grandfather's tales of a magical circus. For the record, I almost never enjoy circus books, but this one is excellent; the magical elements are handled with a deft touch and the relationship between Micah and his grandfather is incredibly moving. It is a lovely story that takes a familiar children's book message -- the importance of faith and believing in magic -- and makes it feel fresh and new again. Highly recommended.


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Feb 12, 2018

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Jan 09, 2018

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Aug 20, 2017

Erika_50 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14

Feb 17, 2017

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Aug 21, 2017

Circus Mirandus is a circus you have to believe in to see.
Micah Tuttle goes to find The Man Who Bends Light to ask for the miracle he promised long ago to Micah's grandfather, who is dying.


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