Friday, September 27, 2019

🎩Reread Blog Tour: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley with a Listicle of Favorite Quotes

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
Dial Books, 2015, 

Ladies and Gentlemen, and Children of all ages, 
Welcome to the Circus Mirandus Blog Tour, where we are once again celebrating this splendiferous book even as we anticipate its soon-to-be-released sequel, The Bootlace Magician, available on October 1, 2019.

Today, under the big top, are three rings for your entertainment pleasure:

In Ring One: A Publisher's Synopsis of Circus Mirandus
Do you believe in magic?
Micah Tuttle does.

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn't approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other - the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn't want to keep his promise. And now it's up to Micah to get the miracle he came for.
In Ring Two: Meet the author: Cassie Beasley
Cassie Beasley is from rural Georgia, where, when she's not writing, she helps out on the family pecan farm. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Circus Mirandus is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter @beasleywrites

In the Center Ring: A Listicle of Favorite Quotes
When my Kiddo was young, her explanation for all things she didn't understand yet was simply "It's magic!" These were all chosen for the image or emotion they evoke and are dedicated to you, Allison, who still believes in magic.

"It's important, when you first see magic, to recognize it. You don't often get a second chance." 
(pg 34)
"Circus Mirandus was the sort of place that filled you up to the top of your head." 
(pg 69)
(This one is my absolute favorite)
"The war had ended all at once and very calmly. It was as if, between one moment and the next, all the mothers of all the soldiers in the world had checked their clocks and realized that their children had been out playing for too long. The mothers set aside their laundry or their piecrusts or their welding torches, and they stepped out their front doors.
"Davey!" they called. "Klaus! Pierre! It's time to wash up for supper."
The soldiers shook hands with one another and wished one another well. Then they raced back to their mothers, or to their wives and sons."
(pg 114)
"Just because a magic is small doesn't mean it is unimportant," the Lightbender said. "Even the smallest magic can grow."
(pg 120)
"...when you try too hard to hold on to something, you break it...Sometimes, we need to let go so that other people can have their chance at the magic."
(pg 221)
" was a ridiculous, amazing thing to do, and once in a while, it's good to be ridiculous and amazing."
(pg 262)
"Micah." said the Lightbender. "What do you think magic is?..He hooked a long finger through the bootlace, and he whispered in Micah's ear. "This is magic. And I, of all people, am in a position to know."
As far as Mirandus Head was concerned, there had never been a more exasperating magical artifact than the Tuttle family bootlace."
(pg 272)
"You never need an invitation to go home."
(pg 292)

The Bootlace Magician (Circus Mirandus #2) by Cassie Beasley
Dial Books, October 1, 2019, 416 pages

Micah Tuttle - magician in training - lives and works at Circus Mirandus alongside his guardian, the ancient and powerful Lightbender.

The circus is a place filled with dazzling fire shows, stubborn unicorns, and magicians from every corner of the world. And Micah is doing everything he can to prove he belongs there. When a dangerous enemy from the past threatens his new home, Micah will have to untangle the mystery of his own potent magic, and he'll have to do it fast. With trouble this deadly on its way, every magician will have to be ready to fight. Even the youngest.

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