by Cassie Beasley
Recommended Ages: 10+
Ephraim always wanted to go back to the Circus Mirandus, but life got in the way. Now that boy is known as Grandpa Ephraim, at least to a 10-year-old named Micah whose parents died when he was 4. As the cough in Ephraim's lungs settles in for a struggle that can only end one way, he finally decides to call on the Lightbender for that miracle. And Micah, who has heard all his grandfather's stories about the Circus Mirandus, becomes certain that if he finds the circus and the Lightbender, Grandpa Ephraim will be saved. He becomes so single-minded in that belief, in fact, that it becomes a point of contention with the magic-denying aunt who has come to stay with him during Ephraim's illness. It also threatens to mess up his chance of making friends with Jenny Mendoza, the smartest fifth-grader at Peal Elementary.
Georgia (USA) based author Cassie Beasley is also the author of Tumble and Blue and this book's sequel, The Bootlace Magician. Her sister, Kate Beasley, is also an author with the youth novels Gertie's Leap to Greatness and Lions and Liars to her credit.