Seven Moon Circus paperback giveaway

Hi, everyone, it’s Sher here with a middle grade SF that reminded me of Jungle Book in space. Maybe it’s more like Tarzan because the animals don’t talk, but there’s plenty of monkey business. Daring rescues too. Anyway, the author, Randy Morrison, is offering two paperback copies to US or Canada winners. This would be a great book for the classroom because there’s an educator’s guide, and it includes a real extinct species from Earth brought back to life for the book.

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Thanks to Angela’s Anxious Life for hosting and I am a Reader for co-hosting. Now, on with the giveaway, starting with the cover.



The Wild Boy has no idea what a human may be . . . much less that he is one. But then a human family of animal experts from a space traveling circus spots him from their hot air balloon. When the land in the Cloud Forest to investigate, he drops from his home in the trees and befriends them. Soon he must choose between the only life he’s ever known–living with wild animals– and his only chance to live with his own kind. His fateful decision draws him into a human world of circus freaks, daring stunts, space ship adventures and . . . the battle for power over all of Empire Luna.


“A space circus that travels around the home planet and 7 moons, what a wonderfully fun setting! The author does a wonderful job of getting you hooked in the first chapter and keeping you hooked. There is so much for the imagination. I loved reading about the different circus acts and soon after, being on edge while space ships shoot at each other.” (N Golding)

“I am a fifth grade teacher and I gave this book to 2 girls and 1 boy from my previous class. All three of them loved it! They stated that it was exciting and pulled them in from the very beginning. They couldn’t wait for the continuation of the series. . . . This book would be a fantastic addition to any library. Adults would like it as well. I certainly did. It is fast-paced fantasy with a truly villainous antagonist.” (S Despain)

“A friend gave me this book to read. At first I was hesitant because I don’t read young adult books, but I was hooked after chapter one. It’s delightful, entertaining and written by an intelligent author. Mr. Morrison took me on an adventure to alien places, animals and people. I felt like I was flying over the moons with the characters. All the young readers I know will be receiving a copy of this book for Christmas.” (M K Peterson)

“The author creates a beautiful and believable fantasy world full of adventures, danger, creatures, kings and queens, and fun. I am a teacher and I would recommend this to any of my students.”  (A Pedersen)

“Epic Win – That’s how my eleven-year-old son describes it. The story is full of fantastical characters, over-the-top adventures and battles that will keep kids turning pages long after their bedtime.” (Ali B)

“What if Tarzan was found in the jungle and brought on an interstellar journey throughout the stars. Seven Moon Circus by Randy Morrison is the first trilogy in a larger series. It is a fantasy adventure book about a wild boy who is picked up by a traveling space circus. The edition I received had the first three books in the trilogy in one. I’m glad it was an omnibus because each book builds on the previous and the cliffhangers leave you wanting to know what happens next. I definitely think this book will find an audience. Children ages 8-12 will likely enjoy the adventures within these pages.”  (P Tierney)

“There are so many middle-grade books out there that it’s difficult to sort out the good ones from the clutter. This is a good one! It’s really well written with an exciting story to boot. It has plenty of action and great characters. Fantastic for boys and girls, both.” (K Fish)


Seven Moon Circus  paperback is three complete books in one volume, including:
Book One — Escape From Verdanta
Book Two — Rings of Baraboo [after the circus museum in Baraboo Wisconsin]
Book Three: The Battle of Crestival
You can buy a copy of Seven Moon Circus paperback trilogy from Amazon for $10.82 plus shipping and handling, or you can buy a customized, signed copy directly from the author for $13 including shipping and handling. Author’s email:
Ebooks will be available as separate titles early in 2014.

Author Bio and Links:

Randal Morrison, known to friends and young readers as Randy, was formerly a rock and roll disc jockey on the radio mostly in Chicago and Denver. He is now a lawyer who specializes in First Amendment litigation  and an author of fiction for young readers. A native of Utah who spent part of his childhood in Australia, he now lives in Southern California with his family. He is a member of SCBWI, the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators. 
Contact: Randy Morrison welcomes comments and questions on Seven Moon Circus. Send to P.O. Box 531518, San Diego CA 92153-1518

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Website: — includes the entire Educator’s Guide, Shane Watson’s painting of the quagga, and the first few chapters of the book.

Team links: Randy Morrison did things the right way. Take a look at his expert team:

Editor Deborah Halverson:
Illustrator SC Watson:
Educator’s Guide by Grace Nall:
Circus logo by Bill McCloskey:
Interior design by Greg Smith:

Now for my book review: (Imagine the drums rolling or clap your hands!)

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was over the moon to receive a book from an indie author who belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI. That’s the first clue that a children’s author knows what he’s doing. The second clue is that he went to the trouble of hiring a well-respected professional team of editors and illustrators for the book, and a common core teaching expert to write the educator’s guide. The third clue is in the writing itself. I found a well-crafted, entertaining story. Actually, it’s three. The paperback includes three individual titles combined in one volume. Bonus!

Now for what I liked. Characters first. As the mother of four wild boys, I liked Marz the best, although I would have preferred more of the wild boy’s point of view. I kept wondering how much he understood about what was going on around him and never found out. Although I didn’t get to see enough of what he was thinking for my taste, I also know that kids like less thinking and more action. For a middle grade book, the author has to go with the target age group’s preferences. I also liked Elizabelle, in that difficult age where adults think she’s a child, yet she wants to be an adult. I also liked seeing a book where the parents were not absent or bad, but a positive influence and presence. Of course there was a bad guy I loved to hate, but a bad woman governor, Mai-Kellina, pulled most of the poison strings. Then there was Tricka, who took the cake for the most interesting character I’ve met in a long while.

The pacing was a little slow at the start, but it soon picked up with Marz, lots of monkey business—“Rule one do fun”—and fur-raising escapes. Each time Mars thought he’d found freedom, another obstacle popped up. The Hawken family seemed defeated by Mai-Kellina until important allies entered the story, including the Quagga, an extinct species of zebra featured in the educator’s guide. The story arc included a royal dilemma involving a missing queen, genetics experiments, and power plays, enough to keep an adult entertained and wondering. Although I guessed where things were going, the author got there in ways I didn’t guess.

Of course as a geek, I loved the scientific wonders like view-gems. That’s the only one I’ll mention, but there were others. I also loved the wordplay and songs. I almost laughed aloud when I read about the wonderful Buzzard of Boz. I had to sing other parts where I recognized the tunes. Oh yes, the names have significance I didn’t notice until the author explained. If you want to know, you’ll have to ask him yourself. Suffice it to say, it will be more fun if you figure it out. I also enjoyed how Marz skunked his opponents. Shoko candy not so much. You’ll see what I mean when you read.

The only thing I didn’t like was where the author went into omniscient point of view. My limit is one person per section because I can’t identify myself as two people without a little break in between. Kids won’t notice, and it doesn’t happen often. A couple of parts strained my credibility, and I already mentioned I would like to see more of Marz’s point of view. But the book was great overall. Like any series book, there were things reserved for the next installment, but the story arc was otherwise complete. I highly recommend Seven Moon Circus, especially to teachers for classroom use. Four stars for a young-at-heart adult, five stars for kids. I’m definitely on board whenever the next circus train comes to town.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Don’t forget to comment. That’s the only mandatory entry. All the others are optional. If you have time, scroll back and find all the other open giveaways. Happy reading and see you next time!

Here’s a final note from the author:

As this giveway draws to a close, I want to thank everyone who has shown an interest in Seven Moon Circus. And I want to make this offer: for anyone who is not a winner of the giveaway, but wishes to buy a copy of the book, you can do that on Amazon for $10.82 plus a shipping and handling charge that will vary according to the dollar value of your whole order. Or, if you prefer, you can order your copy directly from me for the same price, and I will cover shipping and handling, and autograph the copy as you request. Send your order with payment (check or money order, not cash!) to me at PO Box 531518, San Diego CA 92153-1518. Make your check or money order payable to Randal Morrison. Thanks again for your interest, and don’t forget Wild Boy Marz’s RULE ONE – DO FUN!

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  1. I think my granddaughter would love this series. she likes fantasy reads.

    • I certainly hope so. I wrote this primarily to give kids a fun time reading an exciting story. The story has both male and female leads, both about 13 when the story begins. The female lead is Elizabelle, a circus girl who takes on the task of civilizing the Wild Boy. She also plays a key role in the big power showdown over who will become Queen. She’s a very smart girl with strong feelings about treating animals kindly. You can buy it on Amazon for $10.82 + shipping and handling, or if you wish to buy a copy directly from me, autographed to your granddaughter, write me at sevenmooncircus(at) gmail (dot com).

  2. My son love fantasy books he would read this series.

  3. My kids would love this… and its something that can be passed on.. more children reading than playing video games is my goal.

  4. Valerie . . . I wonder if you are familiar with a wonderful book called The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. It has a character named September. As far as your kids and Seven Moon Circus, see my comments in response to Janny Bee above, same offer for you. If you should get it for them, and they like it, then I certainly would appreciate a positive review posted to Amazon and/or RULE ONE: DO FUN!

  5. What an excellent review! I have to say this series sounds very intriguing. I enjoy a great fantasy series. I would love to win this book because I enjoy this genre and then I could share it with my co-author and her 5th grade class. 🙂

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    • Jess . . . Is Seven Moon Circus a fantasy series? Yes in the sense that the story does not happen on this Earth in a recognizable time period. But it is not medieval fantasy or high fantasy such as of Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia or Eragon. Perhaps its closest relative is Larklight, but even that is a stretch. It is set in a world system called “Empire Luna,” which consists of a new human home planet called New Roma, around which rotate seven inhabited moons (inspired by the Seven Sisters / Pleiades myth). The circus travels from moon to moon putting on shows for the lunar locals, and along the way gets deeply involved in the contest over who shall become the new Queen of Empire Luna, and thus for power over all of Empire Luna. And yes the circus kids play a crucial role in determining who wins that battle. RM

  6. My kids love fantasy books and I love to read them along with them!

    Nicole @ Best Kids’ Reads

    • Nicole

      One of my chief joys in life is reading a story to a kid who has not yet learned to read, or having a young reader show me how much she or he has learned to read. Seven Moon Circus began when I read a space rescue story (starring Lego characters!) to a young friend who was then 5. I asked him “what kind of story do you like?” His answer: “I like a story where the good guys rescue the nice people away from the bad guys.” Which is why 7MC ends with a gigantic rescue scene.

  7. How interesting this books seems, It is one that I probably would also enjoy reading as I love circus stories and this one about outer space fantasy adds to the intrigue of a circus. I think that Seven Moon Circus by Randy Morrison would be a wonderful read then I could share it with my older granddaughter who also loves to read books of all different types. I would love to follow Wild Boy’s story and adventures

  8. Besides myself loving fantasy stories.. my best friend comes over and we have a pow wow.. and its exciting to read something you didn’t even know was out there.. ;)) I follow Google + Erika R

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  9. This sounds like a great for my brother and myself. The plot seems very interesting!

    • Ashleigh: I set out with a goal of writing a story that was both retro and futuristic. Retro: the circus elements draw heavily on the true history of the golden age of the American traveling circus (right after the civil war until about 1950, when TV entered most American homes.) Futuristic: all the space stuff, including a completely new home for humanity. RM

  10. The cover of this book is amazing! Thanks for participating in the hop!

    Angela’s Anxious Life

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    • Angie: I’m very pleased with the illustration work done by SC Watson. You can see more of his work at, and you can also see all three of his Seven Moon Circus covers on the website: He also created the black and white “chapter opener” illustrations inside the book. The original text did not have the circus family in a dragonhead basket beneath their hot air balloon. But when I saw Watson’s painting that showed it, I changed the text to match the illustration. He also did the design for the Educator’s Guide, and the painting of the “quagga” (unusual colored zebra revived from extinction) which you can find on the website. RM

  11. I am entering your giveaway.
    In response to your question of Why would you like to read this book?
    I would like to read Seven Moon Circus by Randy Morrison
    because i enjoy reading and discovering new authors.
    I also like that i can share this book with my nephew.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!

  12. Wayne — thanks much for your interest. I look forward to learning about your nephew’s reaction and review. RM

  13. I think this book would appeal to the reluctant readers in my classroom, especially the boys. From the blurb, space ship adventures, circus freaks, and daring stunts sound just like the perfect thing for 6th graders.

    • Michele — it makes me very happy to read your comment. One of the main ideas behind this project is “Keep your boys excited about reading with Seven Moon Circus — The Adventures of a Wild Boy in a Space Traveling Circus.” So far all my test reader boys have rated it 9 or better on a scale of ten. You (and your students) can read the first few chapters now at I also have an Educator’s Guide that ties Book One to the Common Core Standards. Even if your school is not going that way, still the Guide makes it easy to create a lesson plan for the book. The Guide is also on the website. I’d love to have your teacher’s candid review of the Guide. You can mail me directly at RM

  14. I would love to read it because it sou D’s really good. My neices would love it.

    • The title and the promo line about The Wild Boy are designed to appeal to boys, but there are both male and female leads, both young teens. I hope the girl readers will get a kick out of the story line involving the efforts of female lead (Elizabelle, a circus girl, 13 when the story begins) in her struggles to “civilize” the Wild Boy. Most teachers tell me that the usual pattern is this: boys won’t read “girlie” books but girls are eager to read anything the boys like.

  15. This book sounds like its full of adventure and my son loves books like that.

    • Melissa — Yes 7MC is full of adventure, and danger, and daring rescues, and gadgets and gizmos and space ships and floating in space and a strange colored zebra revived from extinction, and a momma skunk who is trained to punish brutal animal trainers in the middle of the night . . . as a life long Y chromosome person myself, I know what boys like. As noted in a previous comment, you and your son can read the first few chapters right now at RM

  16. I think any one of my children would love to read this. They all like fantasy and this sounds like something they would like

  17. I LOVE fairy tale retellings!

  18. I think my son would love this because it seem action packed, he loves fantasy and adventure. I love the cover.

    • Robin — many boys who are less than “eager readers” have found Seven Moon Circus “action packed” enough to keep them engrossed in the story all the way to the end. The male lead, Marz the Wild Boy, is discovered living in the wild by the circus family. Only a few days later he is co-piloting Johnny Hurricane’s space ship, “The Buzzard.” That space ship is shown on Cover II, which you can view on the website RM

  19. SC Watson’s cover illustration captures the key image for the whole series. The same scene is replayed in reverse, and on a much larger scale, as the big “royal command” performance of the circus, near the end of the story. If you would like to see more of Watson’s cover art for the series, visit the website: Cover I shows the Wild Boy climbing up the rope to join the circus family in their hot air balloon. Cover III shows him jumping out of a huge airship (designed like an orca — killer whale) and using his cape as wings so he can land on the back of his beast friend, the quagga zebra.

  20. I would like to read this, I like a good retelling or a retwist. This sounds like a good read with memories of what has been.

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