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by Paul B. Janeczko. While this novel in verse is well written and interesting, the subject matter is disturbing. I'm always on the side of giving kids edgy material, but I can't imagine saying to a kid, "Here's a great book ... everyone gets trapped under the big top in a circus fire and burns to death." I have no problem having this book at my middle school library; it just isn't going to make it on to any of my "recommended" lists.