Friday, February 5, 2016

The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom by Vicki Lockwood

The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious PhantomThis book is the first in a new series. Lizzie escapes from her drunken father in the slums of London and finds work in a circus. She does odd jobs around the camp until she becomes the assistant for the fortune teller. Lizzie accidentally discovers she has real psychic powers, unlike her "boss", and she's able to see images of the future. Her angry father is still on the loose, and the visions frighten Lizzie as she sees the mysterious phantom terrorizing the city. The police don't like the circus being in town, so Lizzie and her fiends decide they are the only ones who can stop the phantom before he seriously hurts someone.

Lizzie is a fun character as she mixes her poor past with the excitement of the circus and her new-found psychic powers. The dangerous father, the fired fortune teller, and the phantom provided constant suspense throughout the plot. Lizzie struggled to find a safe place to live, but the circus offered a caring family. This book is a mystery, but I found Lizzie's discovering of her new life more interesting.

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