Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm
Flynn Parkes feels alone in the small town of Whitehall, MI. After being bullied in school, Flynn runs away from home. On his bike ride into town, he’s kidnapped by Salvatore, a ringmaster of a traveling circus. During his journey, Flynn is shot out of a cannon, nearly eaten by lions, and almost drowns. He also meets Albert the fortuneteller and Cordelia the mermaid. Using the power of imagination and the fortuneteller's magic, Flynn struggles to break free from his insecurity and the ringmaster’s clutches. And maybe he finds his courage to win the heart of a girl named Rena.