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That Time I Joined the Circus

by J. J. Howard


Point
April 2013


Fiction
Ages 12 – 14 . Grades 7 – 9

Library of Congress: 2012016715


Lexile measure: 750L

DRA: N/A

Guided Reading: Z+


A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake--and facing a terrible tragedy--Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi's mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn't there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus's fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi's ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it's Lexi's own future that's thrown into question.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.
J. J. Howard

J.J. Howard is the author of Sit, Stay, Love; Pugs and Kisses; Pugs in a Blanket; The Love Pug; and That Time I Joined the Circus. She teaches English in Florida, where she lives with one very spoiled miniature dachshund named Willow. Visit J.J. online at jjhowardbooks.com.

TODO - RELATED RESOURCES

--- - From THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS:

So here I am saying goodbye to my neighborhood, alone, with no plan beyond the bus station and a really crummy song about love stuck in my head. And of course my mother to go and find. What kind of father sends all his money to his crazy ex-wife and leaves his daughter completely broke? And what kind of mother runs away and joins the circus?
Hardback
$17.99

Jacketed Hardcover / Adhesive

ISBN: 9780545433815

272pp. | 5-½ x 8-¼