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Wonder Show (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

Have you ever wanted to run away to the circus? How about the carnival? That's just where Portia Remini finds herself when she escapes from Mister and McGreavey's Home for Wayward Girls. She's a "normal" among a menagerie of human oddities, looking for a new life and the father that left her behind. A beautifully crafted tale of loss, hope, curiosity, and a little murder mystery mixed in for good measure.  The Wonder Show is a book to get lost in.



A striking historical fiction YA debut about a wayward girl amid the freaks and sideshows of a late- 1930s traveling circus.

About the Author

Hannah Barnaby holds an MA in children s literature from Simmons College and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Formerly a children s book editor, she also has worked as a bookseller and a writing instructor. Hannahwasthe first writer to earn the Children s Writer in Residency at the Boston Public Library. Wonder Show is her first novel. Visit her website at

Praise For…

Nominated for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award   A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012  "Broken but resilient, Portia is a sympathetic heroine whose simple, unadorned need for love and acceptance will be immediately recognizable to any young reader."

"This will appeal to readers looking for something a bit different than most YA fare."

"Through skillful description, the dreariness of the Home and the fantastical nature of the carnival world comes vividly to life."
Horn Book

"This predominantly third-person narration is richly textured with psychological tension, complex characterization, a vivid setting, and a suspenseful plot . . . one will be spellbound by this intriguing reading experience."
School Library Journal

* "Infused with nostalgia and affection, this celebration of the deliberately constructed self will hold readers in its spell from beginning to end."
—Kirkus, starred review



Product Details
ISBN: 9780547599809
ISBN-10: 0547599803
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: March 20th, 2012
Pages: 274
Language: English
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