Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

51P4SHEUfdL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Julieta (Jules) has been wire walking for a very long time. She inherited the talent for the difficult act from her father, and has grown to love it. After her and her family are invited to join the elite “Cirque America”, the tension is tighter than the wire Jules walks upon. An old family feud has arisen again. Julieta’s grandmother, long ago, was accused of hexing the show, causing deaths and great fear amongst her fellow performers. Jules refuses to believe magic is truly real, but when tragedy strikes, and she loses a loved one, she has no choice but to accept the truth. She unwillingly falls in love with a trapeze artist of the opposing family, and suddenly everyone has a secret. Together, Jules and the boy are determined to figure out who is trying to hurt the circus… all while hiding their forbidden love.

*I recommend this book for ages 12 & up, because it does contain some romantic content that may not be considered appropriate for younger birdies.

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The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

IMG_0491 A Schneider Family Book Award winner, The Running Dream is a beautifully woven book, which tells the story and struggles of right leg amputee, Jessica Carlisle. She was a runner, a champion, until an accident strikes that changes her running dreams forever, or so she believes. As Jessica attempts to rebuild her life with a prosthetic limb, she is slowly fading into a fog of self-pity. Stairs are the new enemy, and taking a shower has now become more challenging than running a marathon. And then, suddenly, Jessica is reflecting on her behavior when she meets Rosa, a girl with cerebral palsy who still excels academically, and doesn’t let her condition weaken her. Inspired by her new friend and math tutor, Jessica’s dream to run again seems much closer than before, especially with the help of modern prosthetic limb technology, and deep determination.

Modoc by Ralph Helfer

Bram and Modoc entered the world on the same day, sharing the meaningful connection of a birthday. They both loved to frolic around the large family farm, and were each other’s best friend. Their only differences were species, for Bram was a boy, and Modoc a circus elephant. Heartbreakingly, the circus eventually was sold to an American business man with plIMG_0335ans to take all of the animals, including Modoc, to his home country. Bram, devastated, couldn’t let his elephant go, and embarked on a journey around the world to stay with his best friend.

*I recommend this book on Bram’s and Modoc’s tale to ages above 13, for it entails some descriptive romance.

True (…sort of) by Katherine Hannigan

9780061968730 Delaware Pattison is a stubbornly charismatic 10-year-old girl, but her small town definitely thinks otherwise of the cinnamon curls and beaming smile. Delly? She is trouble, says the local grocery store manager. She stole my boat for a ride!, cries another man. None can realize that Delly doesn’t mean to be trouble- it’s all fun’s fault…Until Ferris Boyd. Unable to speak or be touched for an unknown reason, it takes a secretive and lonesome child to become Delly’s one and only friend. Desperate to preserve their quiet friendship (considering she does all of the talking) Delly opens the door to the healing, trouble-less life of friendship and true respect.