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The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
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Sep 25, 09

bookshelves: historical-fiction, childrens-books
Read in September, 2009

I liked this book for so many reasons. I enjoyed the historical details that were woven into the story. Obviously, the reader is exposed to life on a circus riverboat. In addition, there is information about the horrors of slavery, orphanages, and the yellow fever epidemics of the early 1850's. Owen, a thirteen year old boy, experiences all of these things and more. In the process he learns understanding and forgiveness. He also learns that if you are fortunate enough to be free, your choices and the chances you take impact the path your life will take. The book has a very empowering concept for a young orphaned boy in 1853. The very serious topics are balanced with humor and hope which make this book very enjoyable.
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