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A vibrant and enchanting debut novel about an orphan girl who discovers a magical circus, perfect for fans of Kelly Barnhill and Rebecca Stead! Maddy Adriana knows that magic is real. All her life, her heart has pulled her towards things too perfect to be ordinary. One day, that tug leads her to a magical street circus, hidden in plain sight among the canals and boardwalks A vibrant and enchanting debut novel about an orphan girl who discovers a magical circus, perfect for fans of Kelly Barnhill and Rebecca Stead! Maddy Adriana knows that magic is real. All her life, her heart has pulled her towards things too perfect to be ordinary. One day, that tug leads her to a magical street circus, hidden in plain sight among the canals and boardwalks of Venice Beach. For the first time in Maddy’s life, she finally feels like she belongs. But the circus is in grave danger. Maddy will need to confront the frightening side of magic, as well as her own deepest fears, if she’s to have any hope of saving the place she dreams of calling home. This unforgettable debut shows readers the magic of following your heart and finding where you belong. 


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A vibrant and enchanting debut novel about an orphan girl who discovers a magical circus, perfect for fans of Kelly Barnhill and Rebecca Stead! Maddy Adriana knows that magic is real. All her life, her heart has pulled her towards things too perfect to be ordinary. One day, that tug leads her to a magical street circus, hidden in plain sight among the canals and boardwalks A vibrant and enchanting debut novel about an orphan girl who discovers a magical circus, perfect for fans of Kelly Barnhill and Rebecca Stead! Maddy Adriana knows that magic is real. All her life, her heart has pulled her towards things too perfect to be ordinary. One day, that tug leads her to a magical street circus, hidden in plain sight among the canals and boardwalks of Venice Beach. For the first time in Maddy’s life, she finally feels like she belongs. But the circus is in grave danger. Maddy will need to confront the frightening side of magic, as well as her own deepest fears, if she’s to have any hope of saving the place she dreams of calling home. This unforgettable debut shows readers the magic of following your heart and finding where you belong. 

57 review for The Circus at the End of the Sea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    What an absolutely magical read full of so much HEART! This had me SO in ALL the feelings, & it was absolutely wonderful. Such a beautifully magical story that also shows love for Venice in CA, & shows the love the author has for it. There are also so many historical & actual facts in here too, & the author goes over them in the back-my history loving heart LOVED that. I learned so many things about this amazing place. The backstory of the “circus” was so intriguing. All the different kinds of a What an absolutely magical read full of so much HEART! This had me SO in ALL the feelings, & it was absolutely wonderful. Such a beautifully magical story that also shows love for Venice in CA, & shows the love the author has for it. There are also so many historical & actual facts in here too, & the author goes over them in the back-my history loving heart LOVED that. I learned so many things about this amazing place. The backstory of the “circus” was so intriguing. All the different kinds of acts, the night circus, the ringmaster, the bindings-just to name a few amazing things.(This is my favorite kind of circus too-a fantasy one, that doesn’t include wild animals lol I always love to see it!)The characters have your heart from the word go. Maddy is such a sweetheart of a girl, who has had a hard hand dealt to her. But it was amazing watching her character growth, & seeing her learn that everyone has been dealt bad cards at some point, but it’s what she chooses to do with the deck handed to her that mattered. See everything for what it is, & except it for what it is-the good AND the bad. You can’t have light without the dark you know. I was so happy she found Ophelia & Skeeter & got to experience real strong friendship. Ophelia has my heart btw. Loved her so much! Not the most likely 1st best friend to have you would think.. until you read on & see how AMAZING she is. Ugh my heart! Was shocked to learned she really exists in the world(not her, but what she is. READ this! Lol then it will make sense. I don’t want to spoil though)-FASCINATING! The whole plot itself was so intriguing, from Maddy wanting to know who she really is & who her parents are, her condition, the missing ringmaster, the circus & how some parts are fading, the heart of the circus, the bindings, the bridge, the bracelet, the Muse….too many to mention really. Everything is so creative & with such VIVID writing..from the leg warmers(genius!), to walking into art & the way the author wrote them into almost comic characters..& even explained bubbles coming out near their heads with the dialogue of what they were saying-brilliant! I love the ocean, & it played a big role in here, & made for some of my favorite kind of atmospheric reading. All of this was atmospheric honestly. So many amazing messages in here too. Letting go of what we know or have grown used to can be hard, but sometimes you have to let go & let what is meant to be..be. The ending had me smiling ear to ear, & I was like a proud mama reading the ending to this amazing girls story. She did good, real good. Definitely got a big book hug when I finished. This comes out this Tuesday the 19th! HIGHLY recommend! STUNNING cover by the amazingly talented Petur Antonsson too!💜

  2. 4 out of 5

    Edith

    This book is the kind of book you'll be thinking about long after you finish the last page. Some of the best world building I've ever seen--you'll want to live inside this book forever. Ophelia the octopus steals the show! So many original characters. This book is the kind of book you'll be thinking about long after you finish the last page. Some of the best world building I've ever seen--you'll want to live inside this book forever. Ophelia the octopus steals the show! So many original characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Oh wow, I absolutely loved this book. I feel like I read the entire thing with a smile on my face! It’s so creative and heart-warming and a perfect tribute to imagination. I urge everyone to read this as soon as humanly possible!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This story is one of acceptance, courage, and friendship. It’s about discovering who you are, at your core. It’s a story that demonstrates how bravery and helping others doesn’t have an age. You are never too young to be brave and make a difference in the world. It’s also a story about mending a heart broken and scarred from disappointments and pain, and making it whole again. And most of all, it’ a story about accepting change. The author taught many important life lessons by interweaving them This story is one of acceptance, courage, and friendship. It’s about discovering who you are, at your core. It’s a story that demonstrates how bravery and helping others doesn’t have an age. You are never too young to be brave and make a difference in the world. It’s also a story about mending a heart broken and scarred from disappointments and pain, and making it whole again. And most of all, it’ a story about accepting change. The author taught many important life lessons by interweaving them into an interesting and magical story. This book is all magic! It’s fantastic! Mermaids. Shapeshifting mini octopuses born from the tears of a muse. Winged Lions. Talking graffiti. Murals and statues that come to life. This is a book I would have loved when I was a kid. It’s a book I love now. Great and challenging vocabulary for this age group. I hope the author will add a section at the beginning of the book with some of the vocabulary words and definitions and the English translations to the short Italian phrases used. I loved the author’s note at the end of the last chapter telling us a little about the history of Venus Beach and letting us know what buildings and art are actually real and can be found there. There was a great introduction and build up to the plot. You could strongly sense Maddie’ anticipation. It made me excited to see what was to come next. Such a creative world the author built for us, Descriptive and delightful metaphors and similes makes the circus and its performers and creatures come alive to us. It has very imaginative creatures and characters. Little Orphelia, the mimic octopus, is the most wonderful friend ever. She was a surprisingly great and caring addition to the story. I think my favorite scene was the graffiti scene. So original and creative. This was truly a wonderful and well written debut novel. Thank you to Net Galley and HarperCollins Children’s Books for this digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. #NetGalley #TheCircusAtTheEndOfTheSea

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Guyor Jowett

    This is the story of believing in yourself, of finding the magic of life, of seeing beyond, of finding the togetherness of past/present/future and beginning/end. Lori Snyder creates a world where the circus is as much a character in the story as Maddy or Skeeter. Her love of Venice Beach allows the setting to come alive. Much thanks to Harper and Lori Snyder for sharing with #booksojourn.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pine Reads Review

    “She was no longer a girl who turned away from magic to go where she was told to go. No, she was a girl who had raced through the sky on a giant skateboard. She was a girl who had talked to a mermaid and a lion with wings. She was a girl with an octopus for a friend. She was fairly certain she would never be the other kind of girl again.” Twelve-year-old Maddy Adriana has seen magic her entire life. Sent from group home to group home, it’s one of the few things she can count on to be consistent. “She was no longer a girl who turned away from magic to go where she was told to go. No, she was a girl who had raced through the sky on a giant skateboard. She was a girl who had talked to a mermaid and a lion with wings. She was a girl with an octopus for a friend. She was fairly certain she would never be the other kind of girl again.” Twelve-year-old Maddy Adriana has seen magic her entire life. Sent from group home to group home, it’s one of the few things she can count on to be consistent. She’s often ignored the pull of her heart towards things too perfect to be ordinary, but when that tug leads her to a magical street circus in Venice Beach, California, Maddy thinks she might have finally found a place where she could belong. Except not everything is as brilliant as it seems because the circus is in danger of closing forever if the ringmaster can’t be found. With Ophelia the mimic octopus by her side, Maddy must set off on a journey to find the ringmaster and bring him back to the circus before it’s too late. But when saving the circus means facing her deepest fears, will Maddy have the courage to follow her heart and fight for the place she dreams of calling home? The Circus at the End of the Sea is phenomenally creative, heart-warming, and a perfect tribute to the imagination. I think I read the entire book with a smile on my face! Maddy is a fabulous protagonist, but a circus wouldn’t be complete without other acts—and the entire cast of characters is truly wonderful. I do have to say that Ophelia the mimic octopus completely stole the show for me. I mean, how awesome is an octopus who can turn into a spray-paint bottle for a skateboard race through the sky? But the wondrous nature of this story doesn’t stop there. As Maddy desperately fights to save the circus and untangles the mysterious threads of her past, themes of friendship, courage, and accepting change shine through. I could go on and on about this amazing book all day, but suffice it to say that The Circus at the End of the Sea should be a must-read for anyone who enjoys magical middle-grade adventures with lots and lots of hope and heart. Content Warnings: Absentee parents, fire, heart condition, some action sequences, death (Pine Reads Review would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing us with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are taken from an advanced copy and may be subject to change upon final publication.) Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @pinereadsreview and check out our website at www.pinereadsreview.com for reviews, author interviews, blogs, podcast episodes, and more!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Lawrence

    I LOVE this book! It is such a great read for both young adult and adult readers alike. The imagery is powerful and the lessons of embracing light and dark, inevitability of change and finding power from listening with in are perfect. It's like Brene Brown and Glennon Doyle got together with a prose artist and created a powerful story of getting untamed and finding freedom within. A gem of a book... and now I want to go back to Venice, CA and search out all of the references given here. Easy rea I LOVE this book! It is such a great read for both young adult and adult readers alike. The imagery is powerful and the lessons of embracing light and dark, inevitability of change and finding power from listening with in are perfect. It's like Brene Brown and Glennon Doyle got together with a prose artist and created a powerful story of getting untamed and finding freedom within. A gem of a book... and now I want to go back to Venice, CA and search out all of the references given here. Easy read and so very good!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Haylie

    Maddy is an orphan that has shuffled from group home to group home for her whole life. In the past year something has made her heart sick and so she is being moved to a new group home near Venice beach. On the way to the group home the bus stops and Maddy notices the magic around her. Maddy has always been able to see the magic but in order to fit in she hides that from the rest of the world. But this time the magic is calling to her stronger than ever. So Maddy decides to follow it and what she Maddy is an orphan that has shuffled from group home to group home for her whole life. In the past year something has made her heart sick and so she is being moved to a new group home near Venice beach. On the way to the group home the bus stops and Maddy notices the magic around her. Maddy has always been able to see the magic but in order to fit in she hides that from the rest of the world. But this time the magic is calling to her stronger than ever. So Maddy decides to follow it and what she finds is a magical circus on the Venice boardwalk. The circus sends her on a journey of self-discovery full of adventures, friendship and wisdom. Through a magical circus the readers are taken on a journey filled with magic, friendship, and eye-opening trials. This book is full of insightful nuggets of wisdom. I did find that it might be a little too deep for the age group of 9–12-year-olds, even though it’s protagonist is 12. I feel like this is a book that 12-15 years old readers would connect with and benefit from as this is very much an age of self-discovery and learning to accept oneself. The book really was an adventure and a fun fantastical world that takes place on a beach that is known for its eclectic atmosphere. And the author does a great job of incorporating actual murals, artwork, and places in Venice into the story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sirah

    Of course I fell in love with the cover and the concept of this book. Twelve-year-old Maddy is an orphan who has always been able to see things that others cannot. This takes an interesting turn when she's being sent to a new group home and finds herself following some live murals to Venice Beach where she discovers a magical circus unlike anything she's ever dreamed of--so why does everything feel so familiar? In many ways, this book is a tribute to Venice Beach. I have some mixed feelings about Of course I fell in love with the cover and the concept of this book. Twelve-year-old Maddy is an orphan who has always been able to see things that others cannot. This takes an interesting turn when she's being sent to a new group home and finds herself following some live murals to Venice Beach where she discovers a magical circus unlike anything she's ever dreamed of--so why does everything feel so familiar? In many ways, this book is a tribute to Venice Beach. I have some mixed feelings about the morals of this story (you have to accept the whole circus in order to save it--even the unsavory and spooky parts), but I can't say I'm disappointed in the style or the characters. This book really isn't like anything else I've read, and the creativity and surprising delights make it quite the page turner.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karol Silverstein

    Tug, went my heart while reading this book. Wild and wondrous, existential but completely accessible, The Circus at the End of the Sea takes your heart and mind on an unforgettable journey. Maddy makes for a game traveler, willing to follow her heart's gentle tugs - even when they pull her into the frightening unknown, which is most of the time. Debut author Lori R. Snyder creates a world teeming with danger and delight, heartache and happiness, longing and love. She introduces readers to her vis Tug, went my heart while reading this book. Wild and wondrous, existential but completely accessible, The Circus at the End of the Sea takes your heart and mind on an unforgettable journey. Maddy makes for a game traveler, willing to follow her heart's gentle tugs - even when they pull her into the frightening unknown, which is most of the time. Debut author Lori R. Snyder creates a world teeming with danger and delight, heartache and happiness, longing and love. She introduces readers to her vision of Venice, CA as well - as a magical place, steeped in history, art and storytelling. It's impossible to resist falling in love with Maddy, her extraordinary new found family, and the city of Venice itself. A must-read, literary thrill-ride from start to finish.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Utterly magical. If the Wizard of Oz met the Phantom Tollbooth met the Nigh Circus on the boardwalk in Venice, CA and took a side trip to Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, you would have this book. Plus add in a girl longing to belong. And the best mimic octopus friend one could ask for. You soooo want to read this--every chapter is a new adventure.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nashae Jones

    You are never too old for magic! I am a sucker for magical realism, and for middle grade novels that focus on the subtle magic of friendship. I loved that we had some traditional magic i.e. mermaids and winged lions tied in with magical elements that were fresh and new i.e. talking graffiti and shapeshifting octopuses. Even though the orphan trope is one that can be overwrought and overdone, I feel like Maddy is intriguing enough to make us forgive the cliche.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Bragg

    Far more fanciful than a typical visit-to-the-circus , Maddy is “drawn” to supernatural and bizarre creatures who belong to a former secret circus in Venice Beach, California. Maddy grew up in group homes with no idea who her parents were, so she doesn’t know what to believe when she’s told the “people” and circus can only be seen by magical people. It explains some things, but raises more questions. This book seems written as a hopeful animated movie. There are some scenes that are very well des Far more fanciful than a typical visit-to-the-circus , Maddy is “drawn” to supernatural and bizarre creatures who belong to a former secret circus in Venice Beach, California. Maddy grew up in group homes with no idea who her parents were, so she doesn’t know what to believe when she’s told the “people” and circus can only be seen by magical people. It explains some things, but raises more questions. This book seems written as a hopeful animated movie. There are some scenes that are very well described, and even magical, but some went on too long. And others were possibly just not to my taste. The overall theme is Maddy’s loneliness, and she is told that to find the Ringmaster of the circus—and save it—she must confront her greatest fear. She is delighted to make some good friends (her first friends) during the adventure, but then the focus turns to something else as if she is cured. I found it confusing and disturbing that the night circus was menacing, with people appearing evil and hungry when smiling, then it’s quickly explained away as costuming and fun. When I finished reading this book, I had hoped to feel satisfied and a little triumphant, but instead, I felt vaguely sad. SPOILER ALERT! More than anything, Maddy wanted the love of a parental figure. But what she received was more responsibility that a 12 year old should ever have. True to life sometimes, yes, but sad. END SPOILER! I gave this book three stars with the hope that careful editing and a little re-writing will elevate the entire story to a magical one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Thank you Harper Collins and Net Galley for providing me with this advanced reader copy. This is the story of a young girl named Maddy who was always aware that she was a little different. Maddy could see magic everywhere where others could not, but growing up in the foster care system, she knew that acknowledging the magic wasn't a good idea. She didn’t want people to know she was different. However, for Maddy, being different was hard to avoid lately. Over the past year, Maddy developed a hear Thank you Harper Collins and Net Galley for providing me with this advanced reader copy. This is the story of a young girl named Maddy who was always aware that she was a little different. Maddy could see magic everywhere where others could not, but growing up in the foster care system, she knew that acknowledging the magic wasn't a good idea. She didn’t want people to know she was different. However, for Maddy, being different was hard to avoid lately. Over the past year, Maddy developed a heart condition that forced her to move to a new care facility for sick kids. Maddy hated the idea of getting “Extra Attention,” she liked to fly under the radar. On her way to the care facility in Venice Beach, CA, Maddy started to notice more magic than usual. The magic was calling her, drawing her to the pier and she followed it, slipping away from her group unnoticed. As a huge storm brews and a giant wave crashes onto the pier, Maddy finds herself at the gate of Il Circo delle Strade (The Circus of the Streets), with marquee lights glowing. As the story continues, Maddy uncovers her connection to the circus and the magic within, and learns to accept both the good and the bad that life can offer. This is a beautifully written story. I was drawn into the setting and the characters immediately, it is very immersive. Highly recommend for young readers in your life or middle grade lovers, this is a memorable story for all ages.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    A whimsical adventure from start to finish, the Il Circo della Strade and Maddy’s journey with it will enchant you!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    Set in Venice, California, this wildly imaginative tale draws on classic orphan tropes while carving its own fantastical path. 12-year-old orphan Maddy Adriana has always known that magic is real. All her life in group homes, she has always seen things no one else sees. And then there’s the matter of the bracelet she’s worn since she was a baby — which grows with her so it always fits. Maddy herself doesn’t seem to fit, and like all orphans, she longs to know her parents. One day, when Maddy is b Set in Venice, California, this wildly imaginative tale draws on classic orphan tropes while carving its own fantastical path. 12-year-old orphan Maddy Adriana has always known that magic is real. All her life in group homes, she has always seen things no one else sees. And then there’s the matter of the bracelet she’s worn since she was a baby — which grows with her so it always fits. Maddy herself doesn’t seem to fit, and like all orphans, she longs to know her parents. One day, when Maddy is being transferred to a new group home in Venice, she feels a tug on her heart. Time freezes. Stepping out of the county bus into a magical Venice, she abandons the bus and finds herself drawn to a drum circle on Venice boardwalk, which leads to Il Circo delle Strade, the magical street circus lurking within the canals, boardwalk, and beaches of this funky California town. When Maddy encounters the circus folk, she feels inexplicably at home, and that feeling only intensifies when she meets and befriends Ophelia the mimic octopus and Skeeter Chen, the Fastest Boy on Wheels. For once in her lifetime experiencing a sense of belonging, Maddy decides to help the circus, which has been in limbo since its Ringmaster disappeared. With the aid of the Muse Vanessa (a street mural come to life) her octopus pal, and Skeeter, she sets off to find the missing Ringmaster and restore the circus. Filled with loving nods to Venice Beach (like the Ballerina Clown, boardwalk freaks, and wild street murals), Lori Snyder’s tale packs a lot of truth into its fantasy world. Young readers will be sure to fall under its spell.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy in return for an honest review. Maddy has spent her whole life in foster care homes and group homes and she is on the way to a new home when she feels a tugging and gets off the bus. There she discovers a hidden circus in Venice Beach and she sets off on a journey to help restore the circus and hopefully discover more about who she is and where she came from. She meets a cast of interesting characters along the way and the author has an With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy in return for an honest review. Maddy has spent her whole life in foster care homes and group homes and she is on the way to a new home when she feels a tugging and gets off the bus. There she discovers a hidden circus in Venice Beach and she sets off on a journey to help restore the circus and hopefully discover more about who she is and where she came from. She meets a cast of interesting characters along the way and the author has an amazing imagination and a vivid and descriptive writing style...I could see this being an animated movie. I live in Southern California and have been to Venice Beach a number of times so it was fun to be able to imagine where this was taking place. Now I would like to go back and visit the list of places the author mentioned at the end of the book. As a note, I would consider this more upper MG than general MG due to the themes of the book and I think some of the elements of the night circus.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    Maddy longs to belong somewhere with someone. Add to that a new heart illness that gets her sent to another group home and Extra Attention. Ugh. Venice Beach is the beginning of Maddy’s story where all the magic she sees becomes the who she needs to be. Following her heart changes her and everything around her. This book is full of beautiful imagery and would make a wonderful read aloud. Perfect for ages 10+ ARC provided by NetGalley - Opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Vitalis

    This book is full of fantastical magic and heart! The main character, Maddy, is an orphan and has a literal heart problem, but rather than be transported to yet another temporary home, she follows her instincts, which lead her to a magical but ailing circus. Maddy can't bear the thought of the circus ceasing to exist and takes it upon herself to find a way to restore its health. It turns out, Maddy's own heart may be the key. I loved the magic and the heart in this story, but the best part is Ma This book is full of fantastical magic and heart! The main character, Maddy, is an orphan and has a literal heart problem, but rather than be transported to yet another temporary home, she follows her instincts, which lead her to a magical but ailing circus. Maddy can't bear the thought of the circus ceasing to exist and takes it upon herself to find a way to restore its health. It turns out, Maddy's own heart may be the key. I loved the magic and the heart in this story, but the best part is Maddy's companion, a shape-shifting octopus that steals the show!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

    ARC Copy...Love the Circus magic and (for me) introduction to Venice Beach Boho Culture.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joey Cron

    There was so much imagination and heart and this story!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    This book is a great adventure story with amazing heart! I'm not the usual audience for a children's book, but I really fell in love with this book! I lived in Venice for nearly ten years and the author clearly knows it intimately. The notes at the end of the book aside, little details like the waves shaking the pier, or the drum circle, or the constant stream of vacationers are so true! Snyder captures Venice - the energy and whimsy - in a fundamental way. The book is really fun, and the charac This book is a great adventure story with amazing heart! I'm not the usual audience for a children's book, but I really fell in love with this book! I lived in Venice for nearly ten years and the author clearly knows it intimately. The notes at the end of the book aside, little details like the waves shaking the pier, or the drum circle, or the constant stream of vacationers are so true! Snyder captures Venice - the energy and whimsy - in a fundamental way. The book is really fun, and the characters (particularly Ophelia) are incredibly inventive and compelling. There are high stakes, but the fine storytelling will let younger readers focus on the adventure where maybe older readers might infer more depth and nuance. *SPOILERS* One of my favorite elements of this book is that there is no "bad guy" for a hero to defeat. Particularly when everything today is seen as "good versus evil," the idea that a story can have adventure, conflict, growth, and high stakes without having a "bad guy" is refreshing! The Ringmaster isn't bad, he's just wrong about wanting the heart of the circus to continue in exactly the same way it always had. I see this as a comment on how Venice (the real place) is always changing, and there are residents who talk about how Venice today isn't what it used to be, it doesn't have the same heart, it's not as good as it was in the 60s or 80s, but it looks like Snyder wants to show that even though Venice is changing, change isn't necessarily bad. This may also be seen as an allegory for how children sometimes need to develop in ways that their parents might not choose. Parents who try to force an identity onto children are like the ringmaster - not bad, but ultimately the impact will result in that child languishing (like the circus). The scene on the Bridge of Sighs where Maddy not only confronts her fears, but embraces them and encourages them to be helpful but not stifling feels unique in a children's book. Most messages sent out are to "conquer your fears" or "defeat your fears," but talking about how fear can be useful is again unique in a children's book (in my limited experience).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus I'm always interested in books about chidlren in foster care, but my readers won't pick up anything involving circuses. Interesting world building, but just didn't work for me. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus I'm always interested in books about chidlren in foster care, but my readers won't pick up anything involving circuses. Interesting world building, but just didn't work for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kerri Martin

    As someone who loves the circus and even dabbles in aerial arts, I wanted to love this book so much… but I just didn’t. I found myself skimming way too much of it. Some parts were so wordy and descriptive that I could skim read over a lot and didn’t feel like I was missing anything. It is very creative though. You won’t be able to guess where the story is winding to next, even though the end is very expected.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richard Federline

    Well written and interesting philosophy,

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