Jem Lockwood has been fatherless for four years and finally gets a Big Brother, but just as the best summer of his life is about to begin, he discovers that Jesse Standish’s rented house is about to be sold. Jem does all in his daring imagination to make Jesse’s house unmarketable. This three-ring circus romps with Jem’s boyhood friends and older brother Chris, all recognizable kids who share in the rough-and-tumble delight of living in a Massachusetts city whose newspaper is delivered by kids on bikes, where kids play in the streets, and the local convenience store is owned by the family of Jesse’s girlfriend, Andrea. Meanwhile the city’s swimming pond has been sabotaged, and the city has to close it to all recreation after two boys are injured. Jem is sure he knows who did it, and helps carry out a plan to punish the evildoer.

Short Circus is an adorable, action-packed and poignant children’s book that is unlike any children’s book I have come across before. Short Circus is a different kind of children’s book, but it still has a wealth of fun, humor as well as poignant life lessons laced throughout the book which is incredibly important for children to read. The story laced throughout this stunning read is quite simply perfect and the kind of children’s book I have always dreamed of. When I discovered Short Circus and read the premise, I knew that I would have to read it as well as read it with my children as the premise of the story holds many themes that are exceptional. Short Circus truly is a fantastic read, and I would implore all of you lovely parents and guardians to buy this for your children, but if you need more convincing, then please do read the rest of my review!

Short Circus is told by Jem Lockwood, and throughout the book, he shared his own story of all the adventures he encountered with his brother Jesse as well as with a few other characters! The adventure begins when Jesse’s rented home is going to be sold, and this leads Jem on a mission to make sure the house is as unmarketable as possible! This makes Jem cause mischieve around the local area and near the home to make sure the house can’t be sold. The reader will follow Jem on the many adventures he encounters during this time, and the result is a fun, entertaining and poignant read that will explore life lessons through Jem’s action and the result is a highly entertaining read that should not be missed!

The story of Short Circus is so much more than a story of adventure, it is instead a book that poignantly explores the consequences of your actions as well as a close relationship between two people. That is one of the many reasons why I love the story of Short Circus because it is unique and the themes explored are unique as well as entertaining, and that makes Short Circus a novel that needs to be read by all children and young adults!

Not only is Stephen V. Masse a talented author for his incredibly moving but fun story, he also is because of his descriptive powers and the phenomenal characterization of the protagonist of the novel Jem. Jem is a character every reader will be able to root for as well as relate to thanks to the emotions he feels. Many readers, especially young readers will be able to relate to his feelings of not having a father and that is why I adore his character because it is important to read about a relatable and believable character, especially when a poignant subject is explored through such character. Masse has essentially written a character study of Jem, and I adore this approach in literature because it makes the story even more immersive and entertaining for a reader. Being able to accompany Jem on his journey was incredible, it was remarkable to witness his changing emotions as he grows and develops and it was captivating.

Overall Short Circus is a compelling moving and memorable children’s story that will entertain and delight readers for hours on end so I, of course, have to review this incredible book five stars!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Short Circus. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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