Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows

“…The various roadside attractions and delightful deviations along the way…make her story sparkle like the creepy-shiny eyes of a carnie. Seriously: your mind will do advanced yoga moves at the story’s twisting twists and—at times—stomach-turning turns. But I’m a better person for every mile spent with Spartacus on his darkly comic road trip.” (see the entire review here)

– Dale Basye, author of Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go

“A humorous novel with unforgettable characters and an unpredictable ending…hilarious and even a bit heartbreaking. It’s a fun novel that is hard to put down…Highly recommended for the middle school reader or ages 10-14.”

– Trudy Zufelt, Boys and Literacy

“…This is a wonderful book for older children and tweens. It’s a bit dark with some moral questions about families that might make it hard on younger readers.  There are lots of cool tricks and characters–lots to do and see!  I’ll definitely be recommending it…”

– My Library World

“I couldn’t put it down. Literally. Never pick up a book while eating honey glazed ribs. But, if are going to be stuck with a book for a few days, I advise you to make it Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows.”

– Dr. Cuthbert Soup, A Whole Nother Story

“I REALLY got into reading this book (no, really, I got in trouble at least three times for not listening because I was reading this book). I really liked this book because of the humor, action and adventure in it. Spartacus was a good main character and likeable…I give the totally wacky adventure story five out of five book worms!”

– Erik, This Kid Reviews Books

You’ll be rooting for Spartacus throughout this tight, quick-paced tale. ‘Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows’ is a funny, smart adventure story that will appeal to middle-grade readers and beyond. Highly recommended.”

– Lisa Ard, Adventures in Writing & Publishing

It was so refreshing to read a middle grade piece with a great protagonist, great humor, great adventure, and no magic. Now don’t get me wrong: I love fantasy. But it’s nice every once in a while to pick up a book that could so easily be magical, and then find that the story works perfectly well without anything at all magical happening.”

– Erin, Shelf Talkers Anonymous

“What [Molly E. Johnson has] thankfully not done is what many lazy writers resort to: peppering the prose with double handfuls of trade lingo as if that were enough. It’s always obvious, it’s always insulting a little to the reader,  and I’m delighted to say that she hasn’t done that! Spartacus of shadows is a great read.”

– Wayne Keyser, Ballycast

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Did you read Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows? If you’re a real kid (and not a twenty-something YA/MG book lover—or my mom), I want to hear from you!

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