The Circus Lunicus

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Macmillan, Oct 1, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 168 pages
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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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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

This book reminded me quite a bit of Daniel Pinkwater for its confabulation of the mundane and the otherworldy wacky. Me as a 10 year old would have loved this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Erin Jones - Goodreads

It was a fun read but a bit on the bizarre side. I am sure that any older elementary school kid (4th-6th grade) would love it. It is along the lines of the Goosebump series. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

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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