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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco's Traveling Wonder Show, amenagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze!But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco's...
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco's Traveling Wonder Show, amenagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze!But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco's...
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco's Traveling Wonder Show, a

    menagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze!

    But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco's display is Portia Remini, a normal among

    the freaks, on the run from McGreavy's Home for Wayward Girls, where Mister

    watches and waits. He said he would always find Portia, that she could never leave.

    Free at last, Portia begins a new life on the bally, seeking answers about her father's

    disappearance. Will she find him before Mister finds her? It's a story for the ages, and

    like everyone who enters the Wonder Show, Portia will never be the same.

 

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  • HANNAH BARNABY holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Ms. Barnaby has worked as a children's book editor, bookseller, and writing instructor. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2012

    Gr 6-8-In this tour de force set in 1939, Portia Remini, 13, burdened with guilt over the death of her friend, escapes on a stolen bicycle from the McGreavey Home for Wayward Girls to search for her father. Believing Max departed their Gypsy camp to follow the circus, she joins a carnival and finds a family of sorts in Mosco's Traveling Wonder Show. She shares a trailer with Violet, a restless teenager whose parents and brother are albinos; trains for the ballyhoo under Jackal, who lures spectators to the sideshow of "freaks"; and enjoys the protection of Gideon, a young man whose father was impoverished by the stock-market crash. On the lam from sinister "Mister," who runs McGreavey's, Portia learns the stories of some of the carnival's strange troupe, among them, eight-foot-tall Jim and Jimmy, the midget he carries on his shoulders, and Polly and Pippa, beautiful conjoined twins whose naked dance is the sideshow's "blowoff." But her search for Max is turning up empty, and when Mister's dragnet closes in, Portia decides that to find the answers she seeks she must return to the horror of The Home. Melodrama aside, this predominantly third-person narration is richly textured with psychological tension, complex characterization, a vivid setting, and a suspenseful plot. Information in context and an author's note provide insights about circus life. Dark themes, some steamy elements, and a generous dose of swearing suggest a mature audience, but one that will be spellbound by this intriguing reading experience.-Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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