The Boy in the Box: Master Melville's Medicine Show

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 283 pages
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“If you always feel fully and completely happy, my friends, then you do not need my drops and I will not sell them to you for any amount of money.” —Master Melville
 
Eleven-year-old juggling enthusiast Sullivan Mintz helps his family run the Stardust Home for Old People. It’s not ideal: his best friend, Manny, is eighty-one years old. But life as usual turns upside down when Master Melville’s Medicine Show comes to town. Sullivan’s excitement at finding performers his own age dissolves into dread when he steps onstage for a magic act only to wake up imprisoned in the traveling show’s caravan. As his fears subside, his questions multiply. Is his family better off without him? Would life as a juggler performing with other kids be worse than living in an old folks’ home? Being kidnapped could be the best thing that ever happened to him . . . or decidedly not.

 

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User Review  - KimJD - LibraryThing

From October 2012 SLJ: Gr 4-7: Sullivan Mintz, 11, fades into the background at school and at home. He has a passion for juggling, but he can't imagine performing before an audience. Things change ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ronrose1 - LibraryThing

For the most part I enjoyed this book. It is a story of a boy, Sullivan Mintz, who helps his parents barely keep together a home for the aged. He is a lonely boy. He has only two friends. Norval is an ... Read full review

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Contents

1 The HalfCascade
1
2 An Angry Mob of Old Fogies
8
3 Three Faces
18
4 Tomato Pants
23
5 A Humble Stage
37
6 Some Little Talent
57
7 The Soft Click
75
8 Spoonitch and Forka
90
16 The Director
189
17 Three Unlikely Objects
199
18 Three Legs
207
19 How to Climb an Invisible Ladder
220
20 The Old Life Party
226
21 A Little Terror
239
22 An Advanced Idea
248
23 The First Time
259

9 A Suitable Name
98
10 Mishaps Remembered
112
11 Unlikely Allies
132
12 Punishment
141
13 The Lock
158
14 Yellow Eyes
166
15 The Empty Drawer
174
24 Rocking Shaking Pointing
269
25 Letting Go
278
Back Matter
284
Back Flap
285
Back Cover
286
Spine
287
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About the author (2012)

Cary Fagan is an award-winning children’s author whose work includes the Kaspar Snit novels, bestsellers in his native Canada. He lives with his family in Toronto. To learn more, please visit www.caryfagan.com.