Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Smoke and Mirrors by Kathleen Andrews Davis

Smoke and Mirrors

Blurb: Walking home from school, 14-year-old Emerson McBride thinks it is just another beautiful autumn day. Little does she know how wrong she is! There’s a secret in the attic of the old Victorian house where she lives, and her best friend, Sarah, has gone up to the attic to look for a Halloween costume. Will the same thing happen to Sarah that happened to Emerson the last time she was in the attic? Will Emerson get home in time to save her friend? This tale of life in an early 20th century traveling circus is both historically accurate and humanly exciting -- an incredible adventure shared by two friends who, for a short while, share another dimension.

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In the first book in the Emerson's Attic series, The Blue Velvet, 14 year old Emerson McBride time travels to an 1892 English country manor. I found the story to be so refreshing and have been anxious to see where Emerson would find herself next. In her latest adventure, Smoke and Mirrors, she gets a travel companion in the form of her best friend Sarah. Poor Sarah innocently goes up to Emerson's attic to look for a Halloween costume and puts on a frizzy orange wig and a red rubber ball on her nose. Before they know it the two girls are a part of the Cellini Brothers Greatest Family Show on Rails in 1905 in the midst of a great deal of funny business.

This book will make any child (or adult, for that matter) who has ever wanted to run away with the circus feel like they are under the big top!

Giveaway: Do you have a favorite circus act or a fun memory of a visit to the circus? Tell us about it by noon eastern on Friday, June 27th for the chance to win a paperback copy of Smoke and Mirrors. (US only, please.)


petite said...

This book sounds captivating. I did go to the circus once when I was young. It was overwhelming and exciting. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Alas, a circus has never been experienced and wouldn't be now. Smoke and Mirrors would be memorable and unforgettable. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Unknown said...

I was never really into the three ring extravaganza of Ringling Brothers. Then we discovered The Big Apple Circus. That is a circus in the old European tradition. Much more my style.
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Katreader said...

I'm conflicted about the circus. I love animals and enjoy watching animals perform-but then I hear all about abuse, so... One thing is certain. I don't like clowns! lol

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Anita Yancey said...

What I liked best about the circus is the elephants and the trapeze act. This book sounds really good, and I'd love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.