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The Boy in the Box: Master Melville's Medicine Showby Cary Fagan
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Aside from his obsession with juggling, twelve-year-old Sullivan Mintz is as average as they come--until the night he glimpses a mysterious horse-drawn caravan outside his window and decides to follow it. He is thrilled to find an old-fashioned medicine show, with performers who are all his age. But thrill turns quickly to dread when he steps onstage for the magic act only to wake up trapped inside the caravan. As Sullivan meets the other kids and is given a chance to perform alongside them, his panic gives way to curiosity. Will he plot his escape and return to his safe but boring family? Or could being kidnapped turn out to be the best thing that has ever happened to him? Perfect for middle grade boys, here is a humorous, magic- and suspense-filled story of a kid who finds an unexpected second life with a sinister yet strangely alluring traveling medicine show.
A charming, humor- and heart-filled middle grade story of a misfit boy who finds an unexpected second life after being kidnapped by a colorful traveling medicine show.
Thirteen-year-old Natalie Minks loves machines, particularly automata—self-operating mechanical devices, usually powered by clockwork. When Jake Limberleg and his traveling medicine show arrive in her small Missouri town with a mysterious vehicle under a tarp and an uncanny ability to make Natalie’s half-built automaton move, she feels in her gut that something about this caravan of healers is a bit off. Her uneasiness leads her to investigate the intricate maze of the medicine show, where she discovers a horrible truth and realizes that only she has the power to set things right.
Set in 1914, The Boneshaker is a gripping, richly textured novel about family, community, courage, and looking evil directly in the face in order to conquer it.
“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. Its not ideal: his best friend, Manny, is eighty-one years old. But life as usual turns upside down when Master Melvilles Medicine Show comes to town. Sullivans 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 shows 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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