A traveling medicine show promises to cure all, but two kids learn it takes more than faith in the miraculous to fix things that are broken.
Thirteen-year-old Jack knows what cured his baby sister when his family thought she might never get well—Dr. Kingsbury’s “Miraculous Tonic.” Guaranteed to relieve maladies known to man or beast, Dr. Kingsbury’s potion can cure everything from pimples to hearing loss to a broken heart, and Jack himself is a witness to the miraculous results and the doctor’s kindness. When he had no money, the doctor didn’t turn him away but gave him the tonic for free along with a job—to travel with him from city to city selling his cure-all elixir.
When Dr. Kingsbury and Jack arrive in Oakdale, the town at first feels like any other they’ve been to. But it’s clear Oakdale is a town with secrets, and its citizens are slow to trust strangers.
Then Jack meets Cora, and a friendship neither expected starts to bloom. Together they uncover something else they didn’t expect—not only secrets about the town but also Dr. Kingsbury. As they race to discover the truth, they’ll have to decide who and what to believe before it’s too late.
About the Author
Caroline Starr Rose is a middle grade and picture book author whose books have been ALA-ALSC Notable, Junior Library Guild, ABA New Voices, Kids’ Indie Next, Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for Kids, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. In addition, her books have been nominated for almost two dozen state award lists. Caroline was named a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start Author for her debut novel, May B. She spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico and taught social studies and English in four different states. Caroline now lives with her family in New Mexico.
Praise for Miraculous
“Atmospheric with decidedly ominous overtones, this historical novel offers just the right mix of good vs. evil. . . A deliciously sinister read.” —Kirkus Reviews “A good read-aloud, possessing enough action and suspense to hold an audience of listeners.” —School Library Connection
“Readers who enjoy immersive historical settings will appreciate the atmosphere Rose captures.” —BCCB
“A small-town mystery unfolds with creeping dread in Rose’s (Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine) historical thriller. . . A chilling adventure.” —Publishers Weekly
“This story is a unique look at 19th-century medicine shows, as well as the power of hope, and can be used for classroom study on point of view.” —School Library Journal
Praise for Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine:
A 2018 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year A 2018 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist A 2017–2018 Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee An Amazon Best of the Month Pick for February 2017 A Junior Library Guild Selection
“A rollicking adventure, warm and funny, chockablock with bad guys and good guys, mysteries and deceptions, dangers and disasters . . . A rip-roaring tale and a romping good read. Try to resist!” —Karen Cushman, Newbery Award–winning author
“A rousing historical adventure . . . Rose’s carefully plotted clues, along with colorful supporting characters and narrow escapes, keep the pace brisk . . . Highly recommended for fans of adventure and historical fiction, or as a classroom read-aloud.” —School Library Journal
“Mash-up of clue-driven mystery, historical fiction, and survival story.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Filled with witty characters, the suspense of survival, and rich period detail, this book will quickly draw in readers, who will likely appreciate both the well-crafted setting and the bond between brothers, who ultimately discover a happiness independent of the wealth they set out to find.” —Booklist
“Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine is action, history, survival, and the bond of brotherhood all rolled into one . . . Strikes all the right chords.” —Barnes & Noble Kids’ Blog
Praise for Blue Birds: A 2018 Nevada Young Readers Award Nominee A 2017 New Mexico Zia Book Award First Runner-Up A 2016 Jefferson Cup Award Winner A 2016 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist A 2015–2016 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee A 2015 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Winner A 2015 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner for Poetry and Verse Novels
“An excellent historical offering and belongs on public and school library shelves.” —VOYA
“Composed in varying formats, the descriptive and finely crafted poems reveal the similarities the two girls share, from loved ones lost to hatred between the English and the Roanoke to a desire for peace . . . Fans of Karen Hesse and the author’s May B. (2012) will delight in this offering.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A memorable account of a friendship that transcends culture and prejudice.” —Publishers Weekly
“Using language that’s both plain and exquisite, Caroline Starr Rose weaves history seamlessly into the stories of two girls with distinct backgrounds and voices. The crossing lives gave me a big world that lingered past the pages.” —Jeannine Atkins, author of Borrowed Names