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Twelve-year-old Spartacus Zander isn't looking for trouble. He just wants people to call him by his middle name and for his family to be normal. But it's not so easy when you live in a small town with a bullying brother and gruff, hard-hearted father-- oh, and an adoring yet hugely eccentric Human-Cannonball mother. And when his mom gets kidnapped by Bartholomew's World-Re ...more
ebook, 344 pages
Published August 3rd 2018 by Fitzroy Books
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Rebecca M
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I should preface this by saying I’m not the intended audience here, but a librarian who is always on the lookout for contemporary middle grade books to recommend to young readers! This book is a great choice for those looking for something fun and zany but also grounded in the real world.

It all starts when Ryan’s mom gets stolen by the circus. Dad doesn’t believe this crackpot theory, but Bartholomew’s World-Renowned Circus of the Incredible has a reputation for being mysterious—and not necessar
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Brian
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spartacus Ryan Zander and the Secrets of the Incredible is a delight for both young readers and adults alike. With funny characters, fast-paced action, and clowns with bad intentions, what’s not to love?
Glenn Miller
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spartacus rocks! From start to finish, I was rooting for this spunky, awkward kid with the unfortunately placed freckle. The story is classic adventure with modern twists, featuring quirky characters and suburban family drama. It's all set against a truly unique American landscape; as Spartacus searches for his mother, he tangles with a mysterious circus and travels by tractor-trailer, motorcycle, and chicken truck. The story is both heartbreaking and hilarious -- a combination that will leave r ...more
Chasty
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
This story was good the first round and it us still good. I love Spartacus and my heart broke over him learning the truth. A great read about a circus gone rogue and a special hero. Thank you Molly for the chance to re-read this lovely story.
Marcia
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! Spartacus Zander is on the run and will do anything to catch up with his kidnapped mom, even if it means getting chased by clowns and taking on the entire big top. If you like quirky characters, circus shenanigans, and fast-paced adventure, you're sure to love Spartacus Ryan Zander and the Secrets of the Incredible!
Tehra Peace
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(This review is from my 10-year-old daughter): This book had lots of action and suspense. I think that it's a good book!
Greg Andree
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(review by 11yo Novalee)

This. Book. Was. Incredible. Ok, you may be thinking why should you trust a random eleven year old, but I swear to you, on my honor, that I am not lying. This book has mystic, lonely, sad, but also funny feelings that run deeper than you would probably expect.
Lets just look at the name first. Spartacus Ryan Zander and the Secrets of the Incredible. This name is so on point in a way that people may not see. The basic plot is that one day when he and his brother came home
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Molly Elwood
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Born in Oregon’s suburbs and raised in its wild west, Molly Elwood grew up reading at the dinner table, while riding a bike, and at weddings and funerals. After getting her master’s in writing at Portland State University, she traveled the world a bit, so if anyone asked her to write about, say, hitchhiking in Ireland or the street food in China or the rats in France or the tarantulas in Panama, s ...more

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