For every kid who has dreamed of running away and joining the circus, an engaging adventure from an irresistible Newbery Honor storyteller.
Lucy and three friends run away from the Home for Friendless Orphans and join a circus, where they learn about OOFO–the Order of Fine Orphans, a secret network that helps kids like them.
Lucy used to talk, and loved to sing, but cruel treatment has rendered her mute. In order to stay with the circus and work with her beloved elephants, Lucy must be able to call for help–the work is dangerous, and fire is a constant risk. Meanwhile, the matrons who run the orphanage are hunting for Lucy–but not the other runaways. Why is Lucy so important? And unbeknownst to Lucy, letters to the orphanage reveal that Lucy has a long-lost sister who is also searching for her. A lively, heartwarming adventure full of twists and turns from the award-winning author of the Al Capone series. - from Penguin Randomhouse
Keywords: circus, orphans, finding your voice, finding yourself, friends, friendship, sister, adventure, mutism, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, elephants, helping others