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Wonder Show Excerpt

Wonder Show Excerpt

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show, a menagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze! But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco’s display is Portia Remini, a normal among the freaks, on the run from McGreavy’s Home for Wayward Girls, where Mister watches and waits. He said he would always find Portia, that she could never leave. Free at last, Portia begins a new life on the bally, seeking answers about her father’s disappearance. Will she find him before Mister finds her? It’s a story for the ages, and like everyone who enters the Wonder Show, Portia will never be the same. - See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/Wonder-Show/9780544104839#sthash.y4VoNF24.dpuf
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show, a menagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze! But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco’s display is Portia Remini, a normal among the freaks, on the run from McGreavy’s Home for Wayward Girls, where Mister watches and waits. He said he would always find Portia, that she could never leave. Free at last, Portia begins a new life on the bally, seeking answers about her father’s disappearance. Will she find him before Mister finds her? It’s a story for the ages, and like everyone who enters the Wonder Show, Portia will never be the same. - See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/Wonder-Show/9780544104839#sthash.y4VoNF24.dpuf

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Copyright © 2012 by Hannah BarnabyAll rights reserved. For inormation about permission to reproduce selectionsrom this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Miin Harcourt PublishingCompany, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.Houghton Miin Books or Children is an imprint o Houghton Miin Harcourt Publishing Company.www.hmhbooks.comThe text o this book is set in Horley Old Style MT.Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on fle.ISBN 978-0-547-59980-9Manuactured in the United States o AmericaDOC 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 14500343650
 
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can mean a lot o things. It can mean lost, misled, un-ortunate, let behind. That is how the girls at The Home thoughto themselves, despite their best eorts to live some other way.For the inhabitants o Brewster Falls,
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meant wicked.Dangerous. Trash. And that is how they treated the girls on therare occasions they showed their aces in town.Portia was the only one who went on a regular basis — she didthe shopping and stopped at the post ofce or letters and tele-grams. She rode the red bicycle and did not cover her long darkhair, and she sang old gypsy songs at the top o her lungs, and sheseemed (to the residents o Brewster Falls) like a banshee com-ing to steal their souls. Mothers would hide their children indoorswhen Portia came whipping down the road.They were a earul group o olks.Portia loved to torment them. And she loved the red bicycle.Riding a bicycle was the only kind o reedom or Portia. It wassomething she thought she’d always known how to do, simplybecause she couldn’t remember learning, couldn’t place the frsttime she’d done it. Like laughing. Or eating an apple. It was soutterly normal that it didn’t even require thought. Settle onto the

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