Four small words. That was all it took to set things in motion.
The words came from an upstairs room filled with the rustle of paper and the sweet stink of medicine. They came from the pen of an old man who coughed and wheezed with every breath. They came at the end of a very important letter, which said this:
To: The Lightbender
Care of: Circus Mirandus
I need to speak to you urgently. I hope you remember me even though it’s been many years since I was called to Circus Mirandus. Of course I have never forgotten you. My name is Ephraim Tuttle, and we met during the war, when I was a boy.
You promised me a miracle.
I don’t know how I will get this message to you. I
haven’t heard even a whisper about the circus since I
was a much younger man. But you made a promise,
and I have believed through all these years that if I
had need of you, you would come.
About the book
Micah's beloved grandfather is sick, but all is not lost.
Years ago, his grandfather visited a mysterious circus, where he was promised a miracle by a man who could bend light.
But who is this stranger, will he keep his promise, and does the magical Circus Mirandus really exist?
“This is a magical story of grief, loss and hope.”
“Magic, hope and imagination in a vivid début that brings to mind The Night Circus by Kate DiCamillo.”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“I dearly love a mysterious circus and this is one of the best. Loss, knot-making, light-bending, love.”
Imogen Russell Williams, children's book reviewer
“[Circus Mirandus] has wings and will easily soar into the heart of the reader through the emotionally charged energy that it holds. It is sensitively told; tackling some of the challenges of life and the sadness of dealing with hope and death … a thrilling debut voice, in my opinion, and is reminiscent to early Cornelia Funke books.”
Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books
“Heart-warming and charming … if you love Roald Dahl it’s definitely worth a read this summer.”
“This is children’s fiction at its best! Well written, easy to understand, fantastic characters, a well thought-out plot, I could go on and on. Reading Circus Mirandus gave me the same sensation I felt when I picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – it goes straight to your heart.”
“Beautifully crafted and with the feel of an old fashioned fairy tale, Circus Mirandus is a wonderful, imaginative story of magic and fantasy, but also the power of love and friendship.”
“There’s real magic in this story, read it and you’ll see it all around you too.”
Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids
“On one level, the book is a fantastical circus romp, with fortunetelling vultures and “a wallaby that could burp the Greek alphabet.” On another, it’s both serious and thick with longing … A delicious confection and much more.”
Kirkus Reviews (USA), SDtarred Review
“Terrific story. Shades of Charlie Bucket in Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory … Cassie is onto a surefire winner with this story and its exotic setting, with as bizarre a set of characters and situations as you could ever hope to meet.”
“This is a gorgeous, gregarious and unforgettable story with a charismatic backdrop and a cast of exciting characters, all leavened by a powerful, heart-warming message.”
Lancashire Evening Post
“This book was one of the most heart-warming stories I have ever read! It had an imaginative storyline, a wonderful array of characters and an unexpected twist at the end.”
Noah Sanders (age 10), Telegraph & Argus
“This novel is a wonderful fantasy … It is the type of book that you want to read again once you have finished it.”
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