The Boy in the Box

The Boy in the Box

Book - 2012
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If you always feel fully and completely happy, my friends, then you do not need my drops and I will not sell them to you for any amount of money." --Master Melville Eleven-year-old juggling enthusiast Sullivan Mintz helps his family run the Stardust Home for Old People. It's not ideal: his best friend, Manny, is eighty-one years old. But life as usual turns upside down when Master Melville's Medicine Show comes to town. Sullivan's excitement at finding performers his own age dissolves into dread when he steps onstage for a magic act only to wake up imprisoned in the traveling show's caravan. As his fears subside, his questions multiply. Is his family better off without him? Would life as a juggler performing with other kids be worse than living in an old folks' home? Being kidnapped could be the best thing that ever happened to him. or decidedly not.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, c2012
ISBN: 9780670065851
Characteristics: 283 p. :,ill. ;,22cm.


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May 06, 2017

The book was hard to get into. The middle was strong and interesting as the inner workings of the medicine show are revealed and the histories of the other children. Then the ending was mediocre. The book felt unfinished, like it was leading up to something but it never quite got to a climax.

branch_reviews Mar 25, 2013

Here is a list of our 11-year old juggler Sullivan’s problems: a bratty sister Jinny who constantly one-ups him for attention, a mom who writes seriously bad poetry (embarrassing to read: please read it to agree whole-heartedly with me), bullied at school, not many friends - his best friend Manny is 81 years old (sad but true). Further, he has to work for his mom ‘n dad’s latest business – helping in an old age home when he would rather be practicing juggling, especially since he is getting really, really good at it. Sympathising with Sullivan? Save it because this is small stuff: his real problems are yet to come. Exciting, thinks Sullivan, when an old fashion medicine show comes to town. The performers in it are his age. Worth exploring? Well, Sullivan does, “even though he gets a warning from the deepest part of his brain”. The story gets more interesting as Sullivan’s troubles get worse: he finds himself held captive along with other kids by the cruel owners of the show – now he must live the life of a performing juggler. Will Manny and Jinny be able to find and rescue Sullivan? Will Sullivan manage to escape to freedom himself or…. Read to find out. And this is book 1 of the series so Sullivan’s adventures are far from over. Reviewed by KB

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branch_reviews Mar 25, 2013

branch_reviews thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12


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