Circus Mirandus

by Cassie Beasley (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life.

Micah's grandfather Ephraim has always told him fantastic stories the magical Circus Mirandus. Now that Ephraim is dying, he tells Micah that the circus is indeed real and its powerful magician known as the Lightbender owes him a miracle. Micah and his friend Jenny set off to find the circus and the only person who can save his grandfather. When he discovers that the Lightbender does not want to fulfill his promise, Micah must be the one to obtain the much-needed miracle.

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

GR 4–6—Fifth-grader Micah Tuttle has been living with his Grandpa Ephraim since his parents died when he was very young. The two are close; Grandpa Ephraim teaches Micah how to tie complicated knots and tells him fanciful tales about the magical Circus Mirandus and its many performers, including a powerful illusionist called the Lightbender. When Grandpa Ephraim becomes gravely ill, his sister, the strict and dour Aunt Gertrudis, comes to take care of the household. She severely limits Micah's time with his sick grandfather, and the boy is distraught at the idea of losing the only important person in his life. In a stolen moment, Grandpa Ephraim surprises Micah by revealing that the Circus Mirandus is real, and that the Lightbender promised him a miracle when he was a child. The protagonist begins to hope that his grandfather will get well. The Circus Mirandus arrives in town on the wind, and Micah, with the help of his classmate Jenny Mendoza, seeks out the Lightbender and tries to retrieve the miracle that Grandpa Ephraim has requested. During a whirlwind adventure in the Circus, Micah learns about his family and discovers that the miracle that Grandpa Ephraim asked for might not be the one that Micah had in mind. Circus Mirandus is not a simple story, but readers will be rewarded for delving into its intricacies. VERDICT This gripping fantasy tale will have readers hooked from the opening scene to the breathtaking—and unexpected—conclusion.—Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
La Galera
Publication date
July 20, 2016
BISAC categories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Library of Congress categories
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 09/01/15
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 04/01/15

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