As an author, there s a moment when noble emotions such as admiration and respect for a fellow scribe cross over into outright, green-eyed jealousy. And, about midway through reading Molly E. Johnson s page-turning debut Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows, my appreciation for her quirky, breezy style quickly gave way to wanton prose-envy of the worst kind...As exotic as his name is, Spartacus grounds the fantastical events of his story in a deeply affecting and relatable way. His insights and feelings at being a runaway in a difficult situation at a difficult age hold your metaphoric hand as Johnson leads you, circuitously, to the inevitable big showdown at the Big Top. But it s the various roadside attractions and delightful deviations along the way that make her story sparkle like the creepy-shiny eyes of a carnie. Dale Basye, author of Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go
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I couldn t put it down. Literally. Never pick up a book while eating honey glazed ribs. But, if you re 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, author of A Whole Nother Story
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Molly E. Johnson s debut novel, Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows is a humorous novel with unforgettable characters and an unpredictable ending. I loved the travelers Spartacus ends up with. Spartacus quest is hilarious and even a bit heartbreaking. It s a fun novel that is hard to put down. The author does a great job with the theme of loving and accepting others, especially your own family. My twelve year old and seventeen year old sons like the novel as well. Highly recommended for the middle school reader or ages 10-14. --Boys and Literacy blog at boystobooks.com
About the Author
Molly began writing about sports for her small town newspaper that is, until they discovered she knew nothing about football. She went on to write sarcastic movie, restaurant, and art reviews for the Linfield College newspaper while earning her BA.After barreling through an MA from Portland State University, she then barged (and blogged) through a year of teaching English to some of the coolest kids in China. She works as a copywriter in Portland, living with her cat Achilles. She spends her free time reading, writing, learning, and lying through her teeth every chance she gets. She has seen Spartacus thirteen times.