5 Minutes with Cassie Beasley
Published on: 02 June 2015 Author: Cassie Beasley
BookTrust chats to Cassie Beasley about her book Circus Mirandus, her favourite books were when she was 10, and her suggested reads.
First of all, can you tell us a little bit about Circus Mirandus?
Of course! Circus Mirandus is about 10-year-old Micah Tuttle and his Grandpa Ephraim. Micah has lived with his grandfather since he was very young, and one of his favourite pastimes has always been listening to his grandfather's stories about a magical circus he visited when he was a boy. When Grandpa Ephraim gets very sick, he tells Micah that the stories are true and that one of the circus's most powerful magicians - the Lightbender - owes him a miracle. With help from a skeptical school friend named Jenny Mendoza, Micah decides to find Circus Mirandus and convince the Lightbender to save his grandfather's life.
How did you find the inspiration for writing about all the magical and adventurous events in Circus Mirandus?
I think most of the inspiration comes from a lifetime spent in the fantasy worlds created by other authors! When I was a child, I always wanted to go to the places I read about in books, so now that I'm writing my own stories, I'm just trying to create places younger me would love to visit.
What were your favourite books to read when you were 10 years old?
The teachers I had around age 10 had some of the best classroom bookshelves! I read Bridge to Terabithia at that age and had my first really good sob over a book. I was reading Louis Sachar's Holes around then, and Anne Frank's diary. I also accidentally kept my teacher's copy of I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X by Bruce Coville for several weeks longer than I should have, until I was too embarrassed to return it, so I just kept re-reading it.
If children enjoyed reading this book, what other books would you recommend to them?
Frances Hardinge writes absolutely stunning fantasy. I recommend anything by Kate DiCamillo; The Magician's Elephant and The Tale of Desperaux are two of my favorites. I've also enjoyed The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.
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