Published by Scholastic, Inc.
Summary: Marlo’s mom has just taken a new job as the chef for a circus. So the two of them get to live on board the circus train, where Marlo meets the Stardust Girls, three 8-year-old girls who perform in the circus as a clown, acrobat, and animal trainer. Of course, Marlo wants a chance to perform, but it takes her awhile to learn what her own unique talent is to make her a Stardust Girl.
Pros: This is a new Branches series from Scholastic, aimed at readers transitioning to chapter books. It’s my favorite so far of the “girl” series. The girls in the story are hard-working, dedicated performers. And throwing in a little glamour doesn’t hurt.
Cons: If a reader doesn’t want to run away and join the circus after finishing this book, you might want to consider checking comprehension skills.