TITLE: THE MAGICAL REAL LIVES OF ZOË BELL & HENRY REDFOOT
GENRE: Middle Grade
My name is Zoë Bell, in case you’re curious, which you probably are because you wouldn’t be reading this book if you weren’t. Unless it’s an assignment at school or the only book that washed ashore on a deserted island. If so, I hope you like it anyway because either way you’re stuck with it.
This book is about me. But not just me, even though I could write a book just about me if I wanted to and I still think it would be pretty good. This book is actually part about me and part about a boy named Henry Redfoot. It also features a pair of Russian acrobats, a circus promoter with overactive sweat glands, an albino Burmese python and other characters who you’ll meet later.
At the beginning of this book, which is where I’ve decided to start—even though I do like books that start at the end and work backward, or start in the middle and skip around till they get to the end, which might just be the beginning—anyway, at the beginning of this book, which is also the real beginning, Henry and I lived in an orphanage. We lived in an orphanage because we were both orphans back then. We are both orphans now too, so if you just got your hopes up about the book ending with us being adopted by a sweet couple named Juliet and David Honeysugarcandyland you should put your hopes back down. It doesn’t end that way.