Monday, April 30, 2012

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

288 pgs/2012

All Portia remembers about her father is a circus. So when a circus comes to town, Portia decides it's her chance to escape the cruel home for girls she's been sent to and follow the circus in hopes of finding family.

What Portia discovers is a wonder show-a group of freaks who travel from town to town with the circus as part of a sideshow. There's a tall man, short mall, conjoined twins, bearded lady, strongman, and a knife thrower that throws with her toes, because she has no arms. Portia is one of the few normals among them. It's among this group that Portia begins to discover just who she really is.

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