The Acrobat and the Angel by Mark Shannon

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Caldecott Honor winner David Shannon illuminates a heartbreaking story of transcendence

Brothers Mark and David Shannon team up to create their own version of the miraculous legend of the Acrobat of God. This is the story of Pequele, a free-spirited orphan, whose unselfish sacrifice brings on a miracle. Despite a life of hardships, Pequele takes joy in performing his tricks for the village children. When his grandmother dies, he is too sad to perform. He wanders the streets, begging for food, finally collapsing at a roadside cross. When he is taken in at a monastery, he forms a special relationship with a statue of an angel in the chapel and with Friar John, and joy returns to his life. But the Abbot forbids his "carnival tricks." The Abbot doesn't realize that Pequele's tricks and the joy he feels when he performs are what bring him closer to God. When a mother and her child with the plague come to the monastery asking for solace, Pequele's tricks are all he has to offer. So he performs, sacrificing his home and risking his life. But the angel in the chapel has been watching, and she brings forth a miracle that will change his fate and the monastery forever.
 

About Mark Shannon

See more books from this Author
Mike Shannon is the editor of "Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine and the author of five baseball books. David Shannon was born October 5, 1960, Washington, D.C. He is an American author and illustrator. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design and now lives in Los Angeles. In 1998 he won the Caldecott Honor for his No, David!. He also wrote A Bad Case of Stripes, How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, and The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza. He has also illustrated Audrey Wood's The Bunyans, various books by Jane Yolen including The Ballad of the Pirate Queens and Encounter, as well as Melinda Long's How I Became a Pirate and Pirates Don't Change Diapers. Shannon currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
 
Published September 13, 1999 by Putnam Juvenile. 1 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Acrobat and the Angel

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

"The brothers Shannon return with an adept and poignant interpretation of the medieval French folktale, 'The Acrobat of God (or of Our Lady),' " said PW.

| Read Full Review of The Acrobat and the Angel

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

The brothers Shannon (Gawain and the Green Knight) return with an adept and poignant interpretation of the medieval French folktale ""The Acrobat of God (or of Our Lady)."" Orphaned P quel possesses only one memento of his mother: an angel she fashioned from twigs and dried flowers.

| Read Full Review of The Acrobat and the Angel

Rate this book!

Add Review