Plot without spoilers...In May of 1910, everyone in Chicago is wondering about Halley's Comet. Will its passage through Earth's atmosphere spell doom for the planet? Or is it nothing to fear? Spunky young Hopeful, on tour with her magician/would-be motivational speaker vaudevillian father, has a different question. Can the mystery surrounding the comet bring her a chance of escape from life on the road?
Of literary interest...The story begins with the perfect metaphor of its title and is sprinkled with stunningly apt vaudeville expressions throughout. Historical characters, such as a young Buster Keaton, and phenomena, such as the astronomical theories of the time, are seamlessly woven into the story, giving it richness and authenticity.
Finally, just gotta say...A very enjoyable read that explores notions of performance versus reality, and concepts of family and home, with equal success. As a YA writer, I don't read a great many middle grade novels but I am so glad that I picked this one up!
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