THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS
Howard tells this story in a series of present moments and flashback vignettes. It works, creating suspense and mystery. The emotionally vivid story is well written, with a good plot and solid characters.
Lexi may be lonely, but she still has her father and her two best friends. Then, one night, she makes the biggest mistake of her life — with disastrous consequences. Suddenly Lexi is on her own, with no family, no friends and nowhere to go. With an address and a memory of the mother who abandoned her, Lexi hits the road, searching for a place to call home. Lexi stumbles upon the circus her mother was supposed to be working at — and while her mom is no longer there, Lexi is soon employed with the touring group. When a shaky romance goes wrong and her past comes back to haunt her, Lexi must find answers. (POINT, Apr., 272 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545433815, HC, 12 & Up)