Circus Mirandus

Circus Mirandus

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780525428435
Characteristics: 292 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sudyka, Diana - Illustrator


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IndyPL_SteveB Jul 14, 2019

A fine children’s novel that celebrates life and the magic of childhood. It is also about death and the deep love between a grandfather and grandson. There is something about the wonder of a circus that makes me fascinated by magic circus novels.

Ephraim Tuttle has been the caretaker of his 10-year-old grandson Micah since Micah’s parents died. Ephraim has filled Micah’s mind with stories of the magical Circus Mirandus, a circus he was allowed to visit when he himself was a boy. When Ephraim visited it as a child, he so impressed the circus performers that he was offered a miracle. He chose not to use it and has held on to that hope all of his life.

But now Grandpa Ephraim is dying and Micah has come under the heavy thumb of Ephraim’s bitter sister Gertrudis. Aunt Gertrudis does not believe in the Circus, but the Circus comes anyway and Micah is invited to visit. Here many secrets are revealed. It is very moving and hopeful, somewhat reminiscent of the style of E.B. White and Roald Dahl.

May 23, 2018

As a person who loves a good circus story, I can tell you that this is a good circus story. I probably cried while reading it (it was long enough ago now that I can't *quite* remember), but I don't think that's a bad thing to happen when you read a book. It means the story has drawn you in--it means you're invested in the characters--sometimes it can even mean you're very happy for what has happened to them. If you're not careful, that might just happen to you when you read this book.

Mar 03, 2018

Read this while on a circus and carnival themed kick, and it was quite underwhelming.

I don't enjoy an ending where a character needs to face personal tragedy and instead accepts an invitation to explore the fantastical. Escaping to a realm of magic and wonder doesn't erase the reality of personal loss. It can be a nice thing to visit once in a while, but it's not a place to remain. With it comes a pause for relief and delight, but there is no growth.

Feb 02, 2018

Ten year old Micah Tuttle has been raised by his grandfather Ephraim since his parents died several years before. It has been the two of them against the world, and Micah couldn't be happier. His favorite pastime: listening to his grandfather tell him the story of the time he visited the magical Circus Mirandus. But the little world the two inhabit disintegrates as Ephraim's health takes a turn for the worse. There's only one thing that can help them: Ephraim wants to cash in on the miracle the circus' Lightbender promised him when he was ten. But can even the powerful Lightbender grant Ephraim's most cherished wish? He will if Micah has anything to say about it...but what is Ephraim's wish?

Although almost 300 pages long, I finished it in less than four hours. That isn't a testament to my speediness as much as it is Beasley's skill in weaving a story of magical realism and creating wonderful characters. From the second page, you want to reach out and hug Micah and, as is fitting in a book like this, you cheer when characters are introduced to help Micah on his quest, including the earnest Jenny Mendoza and The Messenger. Beasley also does a wonderful job describing the magical circus and its performers; I could vividly imagine every scene she described, and that's not always easy for a reader like me.

The big question the story poses is what is the nature of Magic and why Ephraim and Micah so willingly embrace it? Not to give anything away, but that question can be answered in part by another character...but why is Ephraim so reluctant to talk about them?

I sniffled several times throughout this story, but ultimately it lead to a heartwarming ending. Recommended for all readers Middle Grade and older.

Jan 09, 2018

What a wonderful book! It takes the reader on a remarkable journey from despair to hopefulness; a journey full of faith in those we love and of magic. I highly recommend Circus Mirandus.

JCLChrisK May 04, 2016

A book about finding magic and enchantment and courage both in the mundane moments of everyday life and during life's heartbreaking and tragic times.

Apr 07, 2016

What a delightful story on the power of believing and faith. Timeless and applicable to all age groups. It's up to you to interpret the message from a religious or magical lens; the end result is the same for both.
Through a child's eyes and simple faith, miracles occur. Not necessarily what was originally hoped for, but the actual result is the best one.
Will become a classic and a good choice for your collection.

Jan 05, 2016

I really could put myself in this character's shoes, and feel what it was like to be Micah. This is a great book about magic, love, and friendship. I would definitely recommend this book for you to read!!!

Oct 01, 2015

This just was too much like The Night Circus the Jr. Version for me. I wanted to feel closer to the 2 main characters but didn't, because they didn't feel real to me. Okay but not amazing.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Sep 14, 2015

This is a delightful, timeless story that will appeal widely to kids and adults alike. Beasley is a wonderful storyteller- loved the writing, loved the characters. Looking forward to her future works.

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Aug 21, 2017

Circus Mirandus is a circus you have to believe in to see.
Micah Tuttle goes to find The Man Who Bends Light to ask for the miracle he promised long ago to Micah's grandfather, who is dying.


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