Fun fantasy, but not Langton’s best

51NVRCY2FWL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_The Mysterious Circus
by Jane Langton

3 out of 5 stars

This was a good story, not great, but a good, solid read. Mix an eccentric family, a little magic, an evil plot, plus Henry David Thoreau, and you get a fun read about the Hall family who live in Thoreau’s childhood home.

It begins with the patriarch, Uncle Freddy, getting a call from a relative in India who, over a bad phone connection, tells him he is sending someone called Amanda, who may or may not be trouble. Simultaneously, Matilda McIntosh promises her cousin on his deathbed that she will get even with the Hall family. The fun begins when the guest from India’s gift to Georgie brings some even bigger surprises for everyone involved.

The only downside is that Langton throws so many characters at you from the town that you tend to get them confused.

One of the six books that make up the Hall Family Chronicles. It is a story with fantasy, magic, and humor that is fun for the fourth grader on up.


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