Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

CIRCUS MIRANDUS, by Cassie Beasley

Circus Mirandus

The story: Micah’s grandpa Ephraim is dying, and when he does, Micah will have to go live with great-aunt Gertrude, a sourpuss who hates him. Micah is desperately hoping that Grandpa will pull through, because long ago, Grandpa met the Lightbender, a magician who promised him a miracle when he needed one. Grandpa never used it, and now’s the time to call it in. But not only does Micah need to believe in the Circus Mirandus for that miracle to happen…the Circus Mirandus needs to believe in him–which is a lot more difficult than it might seem for a kid who doesn’t have a shred of magic inside. (Or does he???)

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’re not too old to read a story about a fifth grader, this is a fun fantasy about a boy, his grandpa, and the way a magical circus changes lives both in the past and in the future.  It really isn’t babyish at all!  Take a look at it if you like magic happenings for regular kids.

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