Dust Jacket Description:
"When a ragtag circus shows up in the town of Buchanan, Kansas, fourteen-year-old Randy Carmichael faces a deep mystery. Why is his alcoholic mother so troubled by the troupe s arrival? What does Circus Olympus mean to her past and to Randy's future? Voices summon him, a godlike figure appears in his dreams, and supernatural adversaries lay in wait for him as he embarks on a dangerous quest that will take him beyond mortal reality.
Juggler in the Wind has already been recognized for strong writing and a haunting story. It's the fascinating first novel in The Wand Bearer Trilogy by award-winning authors Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin. The Wand Bearer Trilogy is at once an intimate coming-of-age story and a sweeping epic that is guaranteed to keep readers enthralled from beginning to end."
Characters: I can't say any character in Juggler in the Wind engrossed me. Randy is a pretty average protagonist and I didn't get enough time with any of the other characters to feel strong emotions towards them. I did like the mysterious man in Randy's dreams though, and would've preferred it if there were more scenes with him. I found the dynamic between Randy and his mother unrealistic at the beginning. There's nothing there that would compel him to run away with the circus. However, I did love the emotional arch at the end. Nothing special in characterization, but I am compelled to read further to find out more. 3 flowers.
Writing: Coleman and Perrin's writing is descriptive and magical. The dialogue can be off and I didn't like the pacing of this book, but I think it'll be great for keeping boys in middle school engrossed in the story. 3 and a half flowers.
Plot: It's nice to read a MG geared novel that's a little grittier and more realistic. Nothing really happens in the first book until the end. But it zipped by and I want to read what happens in the sequel. 3 flowers.
End: Best part of the book! A little cliche at parts, but it sets me up to read the sequel. 4 flowers.
Dust Jacket Description: Quite straight forward. I can't think of anything better to say. 4 and a half flowers.
Cover: I like the idea of this cover, but it's poorly executed. 2 flowers.
Overall: If you know a boy between 10-13 who likes Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, he might really like this book. 3 and a half flowers.