Monday, January 18, 2016

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Circus MirandusMicah's grandfather visited the magical circus when he was a young boy, and he impressed the Man Who Bends Light. The Lightbender agreed to grant him a miracle sometime in the future, and Grandfather is now ready to make the wish. The grandfather is dying, and he's not sure if the Lightbender will come through. Micah and a classmate search for the invisible circus, and it reluctantly agrees to let them enter. Micah's friend doesn't really believe in magic. They see amazing, magical things and finally manage to speak with the Lightbender. However, he may not grant the grandfather's miracle. This is not acceptable to Micah, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to save his grandfather.

This book tells a wonderfully magical story. Micah faces many obstacles with his grouchy aunt, his doubting friend, and the Lightbender's issues with granting the miracle. All of Micah's efforts are based on love for his grandfather which makes this a very emotional story. It gives the plot a feel of desperation which affected me too. The message of faith and love comes through loud and clear. It reminds me a bit of The Polar Express, as non-believers aren't able to see the magic. There's a need to spread the faith, so the magic won't die. The magic of Micah's knot-tying is a unique twist and reminds me of the magic in each person's special talents. Although not a finalist, this book was nominated for a 2015 Cybils book award.

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