The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie
ISBN 9781595145888 | 320 pages | 06 Dec 2012 | Razorbill | 9.25 x 6.25in | 8 - 12 years
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Smalls the sun bear and his friends are an unusual bunch. That's why they're known as the Misfit Menagerie. The four oddball animals live on Mr. Mumford's farm, where they play games and do tricks for neighborhood children. It's an idyllic existence--until a cruel circus owner named Claude Magnificence comes to town, and life as they know it ends. The Menagerie is snatched away to a traveling circus, where Claude and his buffoonish sidekicks force them to perform death-defying tricks.
At the circus, Smalls and his friends only have slop to eat. They live in filthy, cramped cages. And they're bullied by a rough band of trained animals called the Lifers. It's worse than awful--it's despicable! But then young Bertie Magnificence comes along, and he and Smalls form the kind of friendship that inspires hope. They decide that something needs to change...and fast. With the help of an acrobat named Susan, Smalls and Bertie set in motion a heroic plan.
Can a lonely boy and a misfit bear hoodwink cruel Claude and save an entire circus of captive animals?
“I forgot about the real world when I got caught up in the charming world of the Most Magnificent Circus.” —Dan Gutman, New York Times bestselling author of The Genius Files
“A wild and wonderful circus ride. . . . I took to The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie like a bear to honey. Young readers will eat it up!” —Tor Seidler, author of The Wainscott Weasel, an ALA Notable Book; Mean Margaret, a finalist for the National Book Award; and more
“With a cruel guardian worthy of Rowling, Snicket, or Dahl, and animal friends as endearing as E.B. White’s, Resnick’s debut melted my heart.” —Suzanne LaFleur, author of Eight Keys and Love, Aubrey
“Resnick’s warmhearted debut . . . sets a lively pace and draws tender characterizations.” —Publishers Weekly
"Appeal[s] to readers who enjoy their protagonists on the furry side." --School Library Journal
"The distinctive and engaging animal characters will draw readers in and have them rooting for a succesful escape from the awful circus." --Booklist
“A good old-fashioned story.” —Kirkus Reviews
"A heartwarming, old-fashioned tale full of charm and daring friendships." --Library Media Connection
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