When Circa's father dies suddenly, there is a huge hole in her heart and her home. Circa's mother struggles to keep up normal routines, and Circa desperately misses her father's ability to look at the world in a quirky, funny, almost magical way.
She reviews his doctored photos - cleverly inserted odd details into existing pictures from his studio - and it's a way of holding on to a part of him. When a strange boy arrives on their doorstep with a connection to her father, Circa can't help wondering whether there's something magical happening.
Circa is not a remarkably memorable character, although the book's plot is unique and keeps readers turning pages. In some ways, this book reminds me of the movie Big Fish, because it has a fantasy element that distorts reality through visual magic/imagination. The relationships depicted in this book are realistically presented, but not especially standard for this age group, from the family friends in the neighborhood to the social worker, and it's nice to see something a little different.
"Circa Now book quote"
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