Marilyn Singer The Circus Lunicus

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The Circus Lunicus

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Solomom Yanish uncovers his family ties to a celestial circus in this quirky middle grade novel.

Solly heard a noise coming from his closet. This time it wasn't a rattling. It was a small, spongy noise, like a balloon bobbing. Cautiously he opened the door.

The plastic lizard was standing there, its feet in the trash can, its head grazing the top shelf. It looked at Solly with yellow eyes and spoke: Freeble, freeble, freeble.

Solomon Yanish has it rough. His mother has disappeared from his life, his father is constantly away on business trips, and now Solly is stuck with two crabby stepbrothers and an evil stepmother he calls Old Staircase. What's worse, Solly can't seem to get a straight answer about his family's past. But who's keeping it from him, and why?

Enter The Circus Lunicus, and Freeble -- a fairy godmother in shrink-wrapped disguise. Suddenly things start to make sense. Until some strange transformations begin . . . Can Solly uncover the mystery behind his heritage before the circus leaves town?

This fast-paced novel is full of bizarre characters and surprising revelations. So forget what you know about the circus and grab a bucket of worms. Things are going to get weird...

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About the Author:

Marilyn Singer is the award-winning author of more than seventy books for young readers, including Deal with a Ghost, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award and A Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do. She lives with her husband, three cats, two doves, a starling, and a standard poodle in Brooklyn, New York.

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Grade 4-6-Solly Yanish's dad is off again on yet another long, slightly mysterious business trip, leaving the boy at the mercy of his stepmother and two disagreeable stepbrothers. The only good thing to look forward to is the return of the magical Circus Lunicus. Just when it appears that he won't be able to go because of his many chores, a fairy lizard arrives-sounds like a fractured Cinderella, except that his mother is not dead as he had been told, but is the half-alien and half-human daughter of the circus Ringmaster. The opening chapters are charming, with references to the circus, mysterious developments, and a refreshingly multifaceted stepmother. Solly is a likable lad, and his stepbrothers have a few interesting quirks. As Freeble, the fairy lizard, begins to grow, the plot takes a turn downward. The creature's language, basically English with an "eeble" added to the end of many words, grows tiresome and the pacing becomes rather frantic with alien alligators and a convoluted conclusion. This offbeat novel should appeal to graduates of Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" tales (Viking). An even stronger humorous alien romp is Daniel Pinkwater's Lizard Music (Dell, 1996).
Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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