In my experience, few things are more fun to give or get as gifts than BOOKS. And the best book shopping happens at local, independent bookstores. So, here's some incentive.
Buy a paperback copy of WONDER SHOW at an indie bookstore in November or December and email me a picture of your receipt, and I'll send you a signed bookplate with any inscription you want. Buy a hardcover, and I'll send you a bookplate, a limited edition bookmark and a FREAK or I <3 FREAKS button.
On the fence? Here's what some pretty awesome people had to say about WONDER SHOW:
I felt a cautious thrill after reading the opening of Wonder Show, that it might be what it hinted at: a discovery, a rare bird: a Book You Want To Tell Everyone About. And glory: IT IS. So, Hello Everyone. Read Wonder Show. Pass it on. —Laini Taylor, National Book Award Finalist for Lips Touch Three Times
Portia, the young heroine of this lovely novel, is described by her aunt as having "a generous heart and a wild imagination." The same could be said of the author, and the entire book. I loved it. —Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish
I love this book! Wonder Show is just that -- a shadowy world of wonders and marvels, galore. In the flickering fairground light one senses the shades of Edward Gorey and Chas Addams, standing amidst the rubes, listening to the ballyhoo with quarters in hand! Oh, it is all as darkly delicious as Devil's food cake. —Tim Wynne-Jones, winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Blink & Caution
Infused with nostalgia and affection, this celebration of the deliberately constructed self will hold readers in its spell from beginning to end. —Kirkus, starred review
Richly textured with psychological tension, complex characterization, a vivid setting, and a suspenseful plot. —School Library Journal
Barnaby skillfully develops her characters, with sinister villain Mister stealing the show. . . . Through skillful description, the dreariness of the Home and the fantastical nature of the carnival world come vividly to life. —The Horn Book
An elegant, lyrical style marks Barnaby’s satisfying debut novel about fate, family, and identity. From the damp, forgotten dorm rooms of the Home to the hot, dusty trail of the circus route, the settings are strikingly evocative, brought to life with vivid imagery and lush prose. —The Bulletin
Barnaby’s portrayal of the sideshow denizens is fascinating. Each, in chapters separate from Portia’s tale, tell stories of their itinerate lives. Sympathetic and fierce, they draw around the “normal” girl and, when push comes to shove, stand up for her. This will appeal to readers looking for something a bit different than most YA fare and who are intrigued by big-top history. —Booklist
Teenage readers will find a refreshing female protagonist in Portia, a quick-witted and resilient heroine who doesn’t find a prince, but does live happily ever after. —Education.com
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