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Alumna Returns to Campus for Bestselling Book Reading

moon design studio co. presentsWritLing_IconGeorgia Southern University graduate and bestselling author Cassie Beasley will be on campus for a book reading Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the IT Building, room 1005. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase after the reading.

Beasley will read from her first book, Circus Mirandus, which was published to critical acclaim in 2015. Her book is intended for middle-schoolers but is enjoyable for readers in high school, college, and beyond.

Circus Mirandus was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2015. The book also received positive reviews from Kirkus Books and School Library Journal.

Librarian Sarah Reid, writing for School Library Journal, calls Circus Mirandus a “gripping fantasy tale” and says that it “will have readers hooked from the opening scene to the breathtaking—and unexpected—conclusion.”

Circus Mirandus tells the story of fifth-grader Micah Tuttle, his beloved Grandpa Ephraim, his prickly Aunt Gertrudis, and his courageous new friend Jenny Mendoza. Over the years, Micah has heard all about the mysterious Circus Mirandus and the equally mysterious Man Who Bends Light, also known as the Lightbender. When Micah’s grandfather was very young, the Lightbender promised him a miracle. Now, many decades later, Grandpa Ephraim needs that miracle, and Micah desperately wants him to have it. So Micah and Jenny set out on a daring quest to find the Circus Mirandus and the Lightbender.

Beasley is a graduate of the Department of Writing and Linguistics and earned a M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is the largest of the eight colleges that make up Georgia Southern University, and it plays a central role in every student’s core of knowledge. CLASS, also described as the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations and the world. CLASS offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees and several interdisciplinary minors from its 11 departments and five academic centers. CLASS offers eight master’s degrees, two graduate certificates and one doctoral degree. For more information, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.


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