* Barnaby, Hannah Wonder Show
274 pp. Houghton ISBN 978-0-547-59980-9 $16.99
(2) After her only friend kills herself, fourteen-year-old Portia runs away from the McGreavey Home for Wayward Girls and uses her storytelling ability to get a job with Mosco's Traveling Wonder Show. Through detailed description, the dreariness of the Home and the fantastical nature of the carnival world come vividly to life in this atmospheric Depression-era tale of self-discovery. Review 7/12.
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(CR) Cynthia K. Ritter is editorial assistant of The Horn Book Magazine.