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.
“Manifestations of belief and unbelief run through Cassie Beasley’s charming debut, which takes readers to a marvelous place."
—Wall Street Journal
“On one level, the book is a fantastical circus romp… On another, it's both serious and thick with longing… A delicious confection and much more: it shows that the human heart is delicate, that it matters, and that it must be handled with care.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This gripping fantasy tale will have readers hooked from the opening scene to the breathtaking—and unexpected—conclusion.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
“Beasley’s debut is a bit of its own three-ring circus, masterfully diverting readers’ attention among the pressing matter of Ephraim’s illness, the inventive descriptions of Circus Mirandus in Ephraim’s flashbacks and Micah’s visits, and the larger, more serious tragedy
of those who refuse to believe…Readers will be left with the reminder that ‘just because a magic is small doesn’t mean it is unimportant’
and the hope, reminiscent of Peter Pan, that those who still believe will always have magic in their lives.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A gorgeous book, from the window cut-out book jacket, to the illustrated frontispiece, to the very last line. This is the YA read of the summer.”
“Some books take readers to different places or let us experience fantastical lands, but Circus Mirandus brings the magic to our world.”
—Scholastic Instructor, “50 Best Books for Summer”
“If you enjoy the magical tales of Roald Dahl, you will love this story about Micah Tuttle’s search for a powerful magician named the Lightbender, who owes his dying grandfather a miracle.”
—Kiki Magazine, Summer Book Club Pick
“Debut author Beasley has built an imaginative world in evocative, painterly prose, particularly the circus, and she’s filled it with compellingly multifaceted characters.”
“Circus Mirandus blooms before the reader’s eyes…This lighthearted middle-grade fantasy is an ideal pick for those who want to be immersed in an imaginative world where there is no limit on creativity and adventure.”