The Boy in the Box

The Boy in the Box

Book - 2012
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"A misfit boy who finds an unexpected second life after being kidnapped by a colorful traveling medicine show"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547752686
Branch Call Number: J FAGAN
Characteristics: 283 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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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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