At KLN, we want to show our love for a debut novelists. This week, we’re featuring a story about misfit animals, a cruel circus owner, and a daring plan. What could go wrong?

The Book

The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie by Jacqueline Resnick

The Blurb

Smalls the sun bear and his friends are an unusual bunch. That’s why they’re known as the Misfit Menagerie. The four oddball animals live on Mr. Mumford’s farm, where they play games and do tricks for neighborhood children. It’s an idyllic existence–until a cruel circus owner named Claude Magnificence comes to town, and life as they know it ends. The Menagerie is snatched away to a traveling circus, where Claude and his buffoonish sidekicks force them to perform death-defying tricks.

At the circus, Smalls and his friends only have slop to eat. They live in filthy, cramped cages. And they’re bullied by a rough band of trained animals called the Lifers. It’s worse than awful–it’s despicable! But then young Bertie Magnificence comes along, and he and Smalls form the kind of friendship that inspires hope. They decide that something needs to change…and fast. With the help of an acrobat named Susan, Smalls and Bertie set in motion a heroic plan.

Can a lonely boy and a misfit bear hoodwink cruel Claude and save an entire circus of captive animals?

The Author


Jacqueline Resnick received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She grew up in Wynnewood, Pensylvania, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their tiny dog, who moonlights as her writing companion. The Daring Escape of the MIsfit Menagerie is her first novel. Her teen series, Truth or Dare, is coming May of 2013.

Check out her fantastic website, her blog, and her tweets!

The Date

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The Anticipation

So let’s see… evil circus? Check. Adorable misfit animals? Check. Heroic actions? Yep, I’m good to go. And to be perfectly honest, it’s been far to long since I’ve read a book from an animal’s perspective. I can’t wait to check this one out!