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“I was really interested in this book and I enjoyed the story line. I liked seeing the different points of view of all the different characters. I wish the ending had been a little more drawn out and dramatic. Although, the story ended nicely and worked with the rest of the book, it was a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“What does it mean to have a family? Does it mean you're connected by your genes only? What is a freak show? I welcome you to the Wonder Show, a circus that if you enter, you will never be same again. After being scared to death of Mister, the head of the orphanage, McGreavy's House for Wayward Girls, in which Portia is sent to due to her aunt who cannot take care of her any more since her father left and did not come back for a long time, Portia is free at last and she eventually finds her way to the Wonder Show in search for work and her father. But what is the use of her at a freak show, where there are freaks who are laughed at and amused by the 'regulars,' who are common people who have nothing wrong with them? Wow, this book was plain amazing. Just like how there are layers and layers of rocks and soil under the earth, as I kept reading the book, I loved how I found out the truth about Portia and each of the freaks in the show. Overall, with an amazing story from the initial point to the end, I enjoyed this book with abundant interest.”Chloe Choi wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Step inside Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show, a menagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to be amazed by! ....”Sarah Fayyad wrote this review Tuesday, November 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Like chocolate cake. : ) ”The Book Addict wrote this review Friday, July 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Running away to join the circus was not an option last night, so I read this delightful book in one gulp instead. Not your average lucky orphan; excellent middle grade read.”BJ wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was probably one of my most favorite books of all time. ”Jane H wrote this review Saturday, July 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"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"-- Provided by publisher.”Alex H wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review at: http://booksinthespotlight.blogspot.com/2013/09/wonder-show.html”Cullengirl l wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book! It is a must read for all who enjoy fiction, historical fiction, dark plots and it all. I have met the author an this book is the best thing I have read all year!”Juniepip wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although her father still lives, Portia is given up to live with her aunt. Her aunt, who feels she would be better off with other children, sends her to the McGreavey Home for Wayward Children. Although she is surrounded by other young girls who have been orphaned or given away by their families, Portia is decidedly unhappy. Mr. McGreavey is calculating and selfish. Rather than caring for them and teaching them, he uses the girls as labor, but Portia escapes and makes her way to the circus and to the wonder show, where the "freaks" live. She remembers her father mentioning something about joining the circus and so she sets off in search of him, perhaps travelling with the Wonder Show she'll find him in the crowd. She doesn't fit in, she feels alone, but where else is she to go? And how else will she find her father?
The character of Portia, and the friends she makes at McGreavey's Home and at the Wonder Show are wonderfully realized and heart wrenching. Although this story takes place in the days of travelling circuses and "freak shows," the issues it brings up of family and acceptance are timeless.
“Not sure how I felt about this--it was very well written with lots of fun plots and story lines, but I just was not feeling it. A good book club choice, but not sure appealing to reluctant readers. ”Angela W wrote this review Sunday, February 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No