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 Boy in the box : Master Melville's Medicine Show
 Author: Fagan, Cary

 Publisher:  Clarion (2012)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 283 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 320905 ISBN: 9780547752686
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Juggling -- Fiction
 Kidnapping -- Fiction
 Medicine shows -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

A misfit boy finds an unexpected second life after being kidnapped by a colorful traveling medicine show.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 154106
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 59282

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (09/01/12)
   School Library Journal (-) (10/01/12)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2012 Gr 4–7—Sullivan Mintz, 11, fades into the background at school and at home. He has a passion for juggling, but he can't imagine performing before an audience. Things change, though, when an old-fashioned caravan makes its way through Beanfield. Attending the evening medicine show in secret with his little sister, Jinny, Sullivan is mesmerized by Master Melville and the children who perform amazing magical and acrobatic feats, and it seems only natural to show Melville his own juggling skills. Before he quite understands how, Sullivan finds himself abducted by Melville and his wife, joining other kidnapped children. While making a quick escape out of town, the Melvilles leave Sullivan's jacket near a rushing river, leading the boy's parents and the police to believe that he drowned. After the police have closed their file, though, Jinny convinces her parents to let her travel with 81-year-old Manny Morgenstern, who lives at the home they operate, and try to track her brother down. Over several weeks, as the unlikely sleuths get closer to finding him, Sullivan becomes more drawn to the life of a traveling performer, and, as the story ends, he is feeling as if he has found a place where he belongs. Fagan creates wonderfully engaging characters and tackles some tough issues: bullying, abduction, grief at a child's disappearance. However, the abrupt ending is disappointing. As a stand-alone that addressed the mysteries of the Melvilles in a little more depth, this novel could have been something special. As it is, there are too many unanswered questions but not enough of a hook to keep readers in suspense for a sequel.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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