Ephraim Tuttle is dying. He decides to write a letter to call in a miracle that was promised to him as a little boy. His grandson Micah is convinced that this miracle must be a cure for his grandfather because he can't imagine life without his grandfather, and he can't imagine living with his Great Aunt Gertrudis who refuses to believe in magic.
Micah knows all of the stories about his grandfather's visit to Circus Mirandus as a child. He knows about how his grandfather impressed the Lightbender with a magic knot trick and how the Lightbender offered him a miracle. Micah believes in the magic because his grandfather believes. Micah makes a new friend in Jenny Mendoza, but Jenny doesn't believe in magic. Can he help her bend her rigid ways to see the beauty of the magic?
Will the Lightbender give Ephraim his miracle? Will the answer come in time? Readers who believe in magic, and maybe even those who don't, will get caught up in this beautiful story of faith, belief, trust, family, and, of course, magic. Read Circus Mirandus (Lexile: 710; Interest Level: Grades 4-7) by Cassie Beasley to see what happens. (292 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.