The Universe of Fair

by Leslie Bulion
Illustrated by Frank Dormer
For a young science whiz, an eagerly awaited day at the Fair turns into a wacky adventure with more twists and loops than the Gravity Whirl ride!
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  • ISBN: 9781561456345
  • Publication date: 08/01/2012
  • Page Count: 240
  • Size: 6" x 8"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • ISBN: 9781561459995
  • Publication date: 04/15/2017
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  • Age Range: 8-12
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For a young science whiz, an eagerly awaited day at the Fair turns into a wacky adventure with more twists and loops than the Gravity Whirl ride!

Miller Sanford’s parents think he’s too young to explore the annual town fair alone. Hopeful they will reconsider this year, Miller works extra hard to be nice to his little sister Penny and her friends. But when his mother can’t attend the Fair and his father has to cover her volunteer booth hours as well as his own, Miller ends up with more responsibility than he can handle. Instead of enjoying a freewheeling day on his own, he is drawn into a series of mishaps involving everything from his dad’s prize-worthy lemon meringue pie and his own ill-fated science fair project.

Frank Dormer’s kid-friendly illustrations enliven the pages of Leslie Bulion’s lighthearted take on growing up and learning to be responsible.



Leslie Bulion


Leslie Bulion has graduate degrees in oceanography and social work. She has written parenting and education articles and is the author of several children’s books.


Frank Dormer


Frank Dormer is the author-illustrator of Firefighter Duckies, The Sword in the Stone, Click, Socksquatch, and The Obstinate Pen, as well as the illustrator of many other books for children, including the Aggie and Ben series of easy readers and the middle grade series The Adventures Jo Shmo. His favorite word is hot dog. Frank resides in Branford, Connecticut.


This winsome effort not only lovingly celebrates the color and magic of the fair, but endearingly depicts the inner landscape of a maturing child encountering his first taste of the adult world. A cheerful and totally entertaining look at fairs, friendship and the value of family.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Bulion captures the boisterous, chaotic nature of the fair, as well as its primacy in the grade-school social calendar. Dormer’s characteristically sketchy and childlike illustrations match the upbeat mood of this entertaining story.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Dormer’s occasional drawings add a sense of quirky humor to the story. Bulion’s book is simply told, in realistic kid language…” ―School Library Journal


Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2012

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2013

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2013


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AR Level: 4.4
Lexile: 760L
Themes: Communicty, Physics, Responsibility, Science, Siblings, Trust
BISAC 1: JUV023000 JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life
BISAC 2: JUV011050 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Other
BISAC 3: JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General