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Olivia Saves the Circus SPECIAL TEA PARTY

You might know that one of the fun parts of my job at the bookstore is to host book themed tea parties! We recently hosted a grand event; an Olivia Circus party!

OliviaCircus Collage

The tea party was inspired by Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer. ┬áThe party was so much fun! If you look at the collage, you’ll notice we had a contortionist/gymnast, a juggler, a hula hooper, a magician, a tattooed lady (me) and a ring mistress (ring master)! I was even able to incorporate my manners lesson into the tea party, as you can see by the photos of me with my feet on the table and the napkin on my head. ┬áThese are big no nos at parties. Kids will tell you.

The circus party was so much fun, we’d love to do it again. Have you ever hosted a circus party? What did you do at yours, tell me!

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Books Children

The Magicians Tower by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

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There are so many good middle grade books on the market it’s a shame that there aren’t more hours in the day to get to read them!  Here’s a book that I think is worth a look: The Magician’s Tower, the sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street.

I know what you’re thinking: you can’t pick up the sequel without reading the first title first.  It’s true, you shouldn’t but then again, that’s what makes us so unconventional, doesn’t it?

I like The Magician’s Tower because it reminds me of The Night Circus, only for tweens!  There are wizards, magicians, faeries, dark streets, a competition, a love interest, gypsies, spells, and adventure.  What’s not to love?

Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills, Oona Crate’s detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge captures her attention—The Magician’s Tower Contest.

Held every five years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks (such as racing on flying carpets or defeating a horde of angry apes). As the competition commences, a case emerges. A rare punchbowl—one with unparalleled magical powers—has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician’s Tower. If Oona can find the culprit, she could use the bowl to answer her question about her mother’s and sister’s tragic deaths so many years ago—was she really at fault?

Full of magic, mystery, and fun, THE MAGICIAN’S TOWER continues the wonderful adventures of Oona Crate.

And who doesn’t love a strong female protagonist with a raven for a pet?

Check out the fun stuff happening at the author’s website and take a quiz to see which character  you are most like; I did! While you’re there, you’ll find other fun things. Check it out. If you dare ahahahahahaha! (I crack myself up)