Life in the Halls' house in Concord is many things, but it is never boring. Even something as simple as having a family friend come for a visit can lead to the unexpected, the enchanted, the mysterious -- in this case, the most amazing, most mysterious circus ever.
From Uncle Krishna's garbled phone message to the fantastic ending, the latest Hall Family Chronicle has all of the earmarks of a Jane Langton novel: fantasy, humor, and magic!
Join Eleanor, Eddie, Georgie, their new friend Andy, and his twelve very large friends -- more about them later -- in Jane Langton's The Mysterious Circus.
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Jane Langton studied astronomy at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan and did graduate work in art history at the University of Michigan and Radcliffe College. Ms. Langton is the author of a dozen books for young people, including seven other fantasies about the Hall family of Concord, Massachusetts: The Diamond in the Window, The Swing in the Summerhouse, The Astonishing Stereoscope, the Newbery Honor Book The Fledgling, The Fragile Flag, The Time Bike, and The Mysterious Circus. Also well known for her mystery novels for adults, Ms. Langton lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.From Booklist:
Gr. 3-5. Langton, who has lately produced mostly mysteries for adults, offers the seventh installment in her fanciful and venerable Hall Family Chronicles, which debuted with The Diamond in the Window (1962) and went on to win a Newbery Honor for The Fledgling (1980). The setting is still the quaint, present-day community around Walden Pond, and the three Hall siblings continue to expect periodic gifts from their faraway uncle Krishna. This time he sends tiny, carved elephants that miraculously balloon into full-size pachyderms. They are delivered by Krishna's nephew, a juggler, unicyclist, and mystic who recruits neighborhood children to perform under an enchanted big top. Langton's favored transcendentalist themes emerge in a subplot about razing a meadow for a Henry David Thoreau theme park--a travesty that may not rankle Langton's amusement park-loving target audience as much as intended. Although best for readers familiar with the series, this will win its admirers for a narrative that accepts magic as a matter of course, and for the thrilling circus premise. Jennifer Mattson
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060094869
Book Description HarperCollins, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060094869