, Cassie Beasley’s enchanting debut about a boy, his grandfather, and the mysterious circus that changes their lives, hit stores last week to terrific reviews.
In addition to three starred reviews, Circus Mirandus
has been named to summer reading guides in the Los Angeles Times
, Washington Post
, Instructor Magazine
, and Reading Rainbow
. The Wall Street Journal
praised the book saying, “Manifestations of belief and unbelief run through Cassie Beasley’s charming debut, which takes readers to a marvelous place where elephants do long division, juice makes you sing opera and a boy can find his heart’s desire—perhaps indefinitely.” Upcoming magazine coverage is confirmed for Redbook
, Good Housekeeping
, and Parents
, and the New York Times Book Review
will review in the June 21st
Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, acquired the manuscript in a heated auction that included five major publishers, and this February, Stone Village Productions’ Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell, preemptively acquired the film and TV rights in a high six-figure option deal. Circus Mirandus
claimed the #1 spot on the Summer Kids’ Indie Next List and was Amazon’s “Best of the Month” for June in the middle grade category.
Beasley met booksellers and librarians in Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, and Raleigh on her pre-pub tour this spring, and will appear at the Decatur Book Festival and Anderson’s Young Adult Conference this fall.