Dial Books, 2015
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens
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.
The aunt in Circus Mirandus was straight out of a Roald Dahl book, and who doesn’t love Roald Dahl? It’s a modern fairy tale, quiet and well-written. Another comparison for this book is The Night Circus. Similar in premise and tone, the circus really is magical and difficult to find. The average person won’t believe in a circus like this one. In general, it’s a book for children - but only if they’re stronger, patient readers, as the story moves a bit slowly.