Friday, August 14, 2009

The Mystifying Medicine Show by J C Bemis


Run for your life! A mechanical, menacing hound from hell is hot on your heels!

Roll-up! Roll-up! For the greatest adventure on earth! Enjoy an intoxicating chase across the US frontier! A cast of characters as remarkable and inspiring as a blind sharpshooter hitting a bulls-eye in a wild west rodeo! A story as full of twists and turns as a barrelful of snakes! Hold on to your hats-the journey of a lifetime is about to begin!

The Mystifying Medicine Show is the first book in a trilogy by a new American writer and it is a truly captivating book; with characters that will take you by the hand and lead you through their magical story.

J.C. Bemis manages to twist old myths and legends into a completely new story that will surprise you at every turn.

If you like magic and adventure this book is definitely for you as it has plenty of both.

The story follows Ray Cobb and his little sister Sally who are orphans crossing America on a train to their new home, but Ray decides that Sally is more likely to be adopted without him and jumps off the train. He then falls in with a travelling medicine show where he feels accepted, however there is more to his new friends than meets the eye and this is the start of an adventure that will change his life.

Personally after reading this one I can't wait to see what happens in the next two! I would say that there is plenty to appeal to both girls and boys over the age of nine and anybody who likes Eoin Colfer, Garth Nix or M G Harris will definitely love it.

I highly recommend this book, 4/5 stars!
Find JC Bemis' site here. The Mystifying Medicine Show is published by Oxford University Press

Thank you very much to Amber for reading and reviewing JC Bemis for MFB blog. It's a treat reading the review as, you may not know it from reading it, Amber is my first ever teen reader I've recruited to help out with reviews. She'll be keeping a hand on a variety of books, not just teen and kids reads - she's a bookworm and a fantastically mature reader and reviewer! Thanks Amber - we're all looking forward to more reviews. Just don't let your homework slide or your mom will have my hide!

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