Book Review – Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Much like the magic within its pages, this book seemed to come to me via magic.  A Twitter conversation or two and all of a sudden I was the very lucky recipient of an ARC of this incredible book.  Yes, incredible.  It has been a long time since a book that has magic in its pages has carried me away in such a deep way.  The author’s use of words is magnificent, while the fantastical yet so very simple story unfolds.  I wanted to read this book in one night but was glad when my tired eyes closed the first night with pages left to read because it meant that the magic did not have to end just yet.  What a book.

As with any Global Read Aloud contender, because yes, this is our newest one, I could hear the conversations and the wonder that this book would inspire.  The projects that would be invented, the connections that would transpire all from this book.  The only downside now is that this book does not get released until June.  Just trust me this once; pre-order it now, this book will be talked about.

From Goodreads:

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.

I am a passionate teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin, USA but originally from Denmark,  who has taught 4th, 5th, and 7th grade.  Proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students’ heads every day.  The second edition of my first book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” will be published by Routledge in the fall.   Second book“Empowered Schools, Empowered Students – Creating Connected and Invested Learners” is out now from Corwin Press.  Join our Passionate Learners community on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.

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