Jamrach's Menagerie

Doubleday. Jun. 2011. 304p. ISBN 9780385534406. $26.95.
A young lad dashing through the streets of Victorian London runs smack into an escaped circus animal and nearly becomes its dinner. His rescuer regales him with stories of shipboard adventure, and soon our young hero finds himself bound for the South Seas. Birch is an award winner in Britain, and as this book is said to carry hints of Great Expectations, Moby-Dick, and Andrea Barrett's The Voyage of Narwhal, it is well worth watching.

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