Friday, November 26, 2010

Book review on "Secrets of the Cirque Medrano" by Elaine Scott

The book "Secrets of the Cirque Medrano" by Elaine Scott is fiction, but based on the painting "Family of Saltimbanques" by Pablo Picasso. The book is about 14 year old Brigitte, who, because of her mother's illness, moves from Poland to France to live with her Aunt and Uncle at their cafe. While she's working at the cafe, she meets many interesting people, including Pablo Picasso. She soon befriends a young circus performer, Paco and his sister. They are then thrown into an adventure.
The main characters are Brigitte, Aunt Dominique, Henri, Pablo, Paco, Pavlo and Anna Maria.
I enjoyed this book because of the characters. They seemed like real people that you might meet. The author did a great job in describing the characters for the reader. I enjoyed seeing what Paris was like in 1904 in this book.
My overall experience reading this book was great, although the ending was a bit disappointing to me. I would recommend this book to kids aged 9-16. Young kids may have a hard time reading it and it could be a bit frightening.
By Kirsten Aucoin

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