by Michaela Muntean: Photographs by K. C. Bailey and Stephen Kazmierski
Scholastic Press. 2013
To review this book I borrowed a copy from my local public library.
How would you cope if suddenly you could no longer do the job you loved?
By the time he was twelve, Luciano was a famous juggler and acrobat.
Life was great until, while performing in Chicago, Luciano fell fifty feet from the high wire.
“He broke so many bones, it took four operations to put him back together. The doctors told him he would eventually heal, but his days as an acrobat -- or of doing any kind of fancy stunt -- were over.”
This fun, nonfiction book will appeal to a wide audience. Give it to students who love the circus or animal rescues, or to those who just love a true story with a happy ending. Some suggestions include, Nubs: the story of a mutt, a Marine & a miracle by Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery, Hachiko: the true story of a loyal dog by Pamela S. Turner, and Little Dog Lost: the true story of a brave dog named Baltic by Monica Carnesi. Fiction titles: The Leanin’ Dog by K.A. Nuzum, Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer, and Shiloh by Phyllis R. Naylor.
Read an interview with the author, Michaela Muntean on author Sara Albee's blog. I love Muntean's closing line. "Reading is a ticket to anywhere you want to go." So true!