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From the Editor

What would it take for you to believe in magic? I think there’s a part of each of us that wants to believe magical things could happen: that humans could really fly, that objects could be made to disappear, that wrongs could be righted with a wink and the flick of a wrist.

Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni, the protagonist in Gwenda Bond’s delightfully captivating and, well, magical novel Girl on a Wire, doesn’t believe in magic any more than you or I. Jules isn’t your average teen, though: she’s an avid fan of 1930s black-and-white movies, and her day job requires her to risk her life as part of a modern traveling circus. Over the course of a few very short weeks during an explosive summer, Jules skyrockets to fame as the girl in a red tutu, dancing along a wire hundreds of feet in the air. But her success stokes old family feuds, and when someone begins secretly placing objects—possibly magical ones—on her costume to jinx her, Jules’s entire world is upended.

The mystery that Gwenda weaves will keep you enchanted, and if you’re at all like me, you’ll fall in love with Jules and her unlikely ally, Remy Garcia. The mystery is engaging, but what I love most about this book is the paper-thin veil obscuring the line between the real and the potentially magical. At first, Jules is reluctant to consider that magic could be at play; but when the tension mounts, she’s forced to reassess.

As the veil wavers like a tightrope, becoming more ephemeral, I get to indulge—for just a few moments, anyway—and truly believe. There’s magic crackling in the air around us, and it makes the world a wonderful place. As for whether Jules must really battle magic...you’ll have to read to find out!

- Courtney Miller, Editor

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“The mystery is tense and nerve-wracking, and the acrobatics are gorgeously hair-raising.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating and enjoyable foray into circus life as seen through the eyes of an ambitious and talented performer.” —Publishers Weekly

“A skillful blend of modern-day circus tales, classically ill-fated love, and mystery.” —Booklist

“With a thrilling mystery, a hint of magic, and a touch of romance, Girl on a Wire takes readers into the fascinating world of circus performers.” —School Library Journal

About the Author

Gwenda Bond is the author of Girl on a Wire, whose daredevil young heroine discovers danger and passion lurking beneath the big top. Her previous books include the young adult novels The Woken Gods and Blackwood. Her writing has also appeared in Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.


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