Mumbo Jumbo Circus by Jane George
Published: April 2011
Publisher: Red Willow Publishing
The Story: When the enigmatic Ringmaster asks 15-year-old Evanja (Evan) Leane to run away and join the circus, she says yes. Anywhere’s got to be better than foster home Number Eight. Evan learns that this ragtag circus, a haven for throwaway teens, relies on more than spectacle and illusion. This circus is built on magic. Each of the teens possesses a donvrai, a true gift, that manifests only in the presence of the Ringmaster’s mysterious Ju-Ju. Unlike many of the other teens who must wait for their donvrai to emerge, Evan’s gift surfaces on her first night: she can read horses’ minds. This would be totally awesome except she has been deathly afraid of horses since foster home Number Three. But circus is a dying art. If Evan wants to save her beloved new-found home, she must concoct a brilliant horse act that will bring in the crowds. And she’d better get over herself and get on with it fast; there’s a traitor close to the Ringmaster who will stop at nothing to make sure she doesn’t succeed. With B&W illustrations.
My Review: It was AWESOME reading this book!! I throughly enjoyed it, loved it to pieces!! Jane George has caputred the magic of the circus. Hahaha, pun totally intented! No seriously, this is a very well written book, where you are brought into the circus world. If anyone remembers what it's like to go to the traveling fairs and circuses - where you can see just about anything, it's amazing. Evan is someone we all can relate to. She's spunky, doesn't take crap from anyone, refuses to give in, tries her hardest at everything and she begins to believe in herself - when others had believed in her for a while. I promise you, that you are in for a treat with this book!!