Book title: Circus Mirandus
Author: Cassie Beasley.
Blurb: Micah's grandpa Ephraim has always told him wonderful stories Circus Mirandus, a magical circus he visited when he was a boy. But now Grandpa Ephraim is dying, and terrible, grouchy Great-Aunt Gertrudis has arrived
to take care of micah. All the magic of Micah's childhood seems lost until Grandpa Ephraim finally tells him the truth: Circus Mirandus is real, and the Lightbender, the circus's greatest magician, owes grandpa Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the circus and the man that 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. With wit and wonder, Circus mirandus is a heartwarming classic that will test your belief in magic and reward it.
Recommended for: Ages 9-14 especially, If you are a fan of Harry Potter, I can almost guarantee you will enjoy this book, it has a lot do with magic but in a very unique and special way. Also if you are someone who dislikes books or ideas that are unrealistic or involve magic then This is the book that might just change your view.
What it's about: The book begins with a lot of talk about Grandpa, by Great-Aunt Gertrudis is awful and mean. One of those old people who hates children (and creativity), she makes it very difficult for Micah to talk with grandpa. She thinks the "nonsense" (which are grandpa's stories about circus mirandus) are pointless. When Micah finds out that it is real and that when his Grandpa was boy, he was promised a miracle by the Lightbender. Micah has to try and find the Lightbender as he doesn't want to keep his promise. However doing that is easier said than, Circus mirandus is constantly on the move and is full of magicians who help conceal it from people they don't want to see. After Micah finds it, and the Lightbender is unwilling to help, it is almost impossible for him to find it again... The things is (and only Micah doesn't know) that Grandpa doesn't want to use his miracle on himself.
Rating: 9.5/10 (Excellent creativity, really good for developing imagination) However it is a little short and could've and probably should've had more to it. It has characters which are easy to relate to and a magician so unique he may be an illusion. (not really, he's an amazing illusionist)