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"An absolute charmer."--Library Journal Starred Review

"Simply put, this is a ripsnorting good historical yarn full of circus lore, so smartly told by an expert storyteller that it's the kind of book truly deserving that overused term 'page-turner.'"--Chicago Sun-Times

"With no safety net, Raleigh takes a spectacular highwire route...making it all look easy in this captivating tale of a decent man in a very hard world. Beguiling, wise and wonderful."--Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

"A heartwarming, often humorous story filled with interesting circus lore as well as deeper themes about the value of human connection, especially as life winds down."--Booklist

"Rollicking, warmhearted...As dramatic and engaging as a high-wire act, the novel combines honest story-telling with down-home wit. There's plenty of smartly written, feel-good fun under this big top."
--Publishers Weekly

For the boy, it was the first real chance for a future. For the man, it was one last chance to triumph over his past. Opportunities like these happen only once in a Blue Moon.
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ISBN: 9781492616498
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After several heavy books in a row, I was looking for something lighter. As with many lighter books these days, this one devotes most of the first half of the book to introducing readers to one quirky character after another. But in the last half, the story turns more serious & builds momentum, as the main character, a circus master, battles his PAST as an orphan & failed circus master, while taking responsibility for an 11-year-old orphan anxious about his FUTURE. Their struggles over the past & future meld as they live a life that celebrates (& fears) the unpredictability of life in a traveling circus & as both find security in the family made up of the circus people who surround them with love & affection.more

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After several heavy books in a row, I was looking for something lighter. As with many lighter books these days, this one devotes most of the first half of the book to introducing readers to one quirky character after another. But in the last half, the story turns more serious & builds momentum, as the main character, a circus master, battles his PAST as an orphan & failed circus master, while taking responsibility for an 11-year-old orphan anxious about his FUTURE. Their struggles over the past & future meld as they live a life that celebrates (& fears) the unpredictability of life in a traveling circus & as both find security in the family made up of the circus people who surround them with love & affection.more
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