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I rarely review sequels. But sometimes, when that sequel is especially wonderful, and I don’t think enough people have read the first book, I make exceptions. The Bootlace Magician by Cassie Beasley, followup to Circus Mirandus, is one of those exceptions.

The Story

Micah Tuttle has joined Circus Mirandus and is struggling to find his place. Sure, he can magically tie memories into rope. But Micah wants to find some big, important thing his magic can help with. But when his evil grandmother, The Bird Lady, attacks the circus, Micah may be the only one who can save the day… with the help of a few friends, of course.

What I loved

Micah is the kind of kid I’d want my kids to be friends with, which can’t be said of every fictional hero.

Beasely’s writing in The Bootlace Magician overflows with beauty and goodness. I was literally moved to tears by the end of this story. Here’s an example: “Putting something beautiful and good into the world always mattered.”

Parents should know

There is a fair amount of peril and some violence as Micah and his friends battle the Bird Lady. Sensitive kids may have trouble with a couple of scenes.

Overall, I loved both Circus Mirandus and The Bootlace Magician! But don’t take my word for it. My 14-year-old says it’s one of her favorite books of all time! I’d recommend this series for kids age ten and up.