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Pantomime: Micah Grey, Book 1 (Strange Chemistry) Paperback – February 5, 2013

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At around page 90 in Lam’s impressive debut fantasy novel, there’s a reveal so stunning that it makes it difficult to discuss without spoilers. Still, difficult hardly means impossible, especially as Lam’s memorable characters and rich world building stand tall in their own rights. Using a flashback structure to show both why noble-born Iphigenia Laurus runs away and joins the circus and how she changes her identity to become trapeze-artist Micah Grey, Pantomime does feature standard YA elements such as parental estrangement and problematic romance—yet marvelously transfigures them. Even as Micah must constantly work to avoid discovery, “he” begins to wonder whether he might be a latter-day incarnation of a mythological being. However, when he eventually shares his secret with love interest and fellow aerialist Aenea, the scene’s emotional power doesn’t seem worthy of its complex and deeply felt buildup. That said, Lam has more in store for us, as a hair-raising climax follows that recalls a classic Lon Chaney flick in terms of the operatic satisfaction it delivers. Grades 9-12. --Peter Gutierrez


"Pantomime by Laura Lam took me to an exotic and detailed world, peopled by characters that I'd love to be friends with...and some I'd never want to cross paths with."
-Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer Trilogy

“Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, Pantomimeis a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character.”
Malinda Lo, author of Ash, Huntress, and Adaptation

“Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I’ve read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in its detail but hints at so much scope to come, it feels like the set up for an epic sequel. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. ‘Look out behind you’ Robin Hobb…”
- Bryony Pearce, author of Angel’s Fury and winner of the 2012 Leeds Book Award

“Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut.”
- Elspeth Cooper, author of the Wild Hunt series

“Who hasn’t dreamed off running off and joining the circus? Laura Lam’s Micah does just that, discovering a world of clowns and acrobats, con men and tricksters, corruption and incompetent doctors, and maybe more about himself. I look forward to more from this author.”
- Brian Katcher, author of Almost Perfect and winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

“In PANTOMIME, Laura Lam has created a world which will take your breath away, and characters you will never want to leave. Enchanting.”
 - Lou Morgan, author of Blood and Feathers

“A lyrical, stunningly written debut novel, which set my heart racing with every lift of the trapeze. In Micah we have one of the most original – and likeable – protagonists I’ve read in a long time. An author to watch, without a doubt.”
Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow 

Nominated for the 2014 ALA Rainbow list.

Product details

  • Grade level : 9 - 12
  • Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 190884437X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1908844378
  • Dimensions : 5.11 x 1.09 x 7.74 inches
  • Reading level : 14 and up
  • Publisher : Strange Chemistry (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: : English
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