This novelization of Medusa’s Daughter deepens and widens Maia's story. Here readers learn all the details of Maia’s life in the sideshow and the people who surround her. Rictus Finch’s brutal treatment of Maia is balanced only by her friend Skelly, the ticket-taker, janitor, shill of the show, and alcoholic. Exceptionally tall and slightly freakish, he teaches her to read and think critically about her life and its possibilities. In all its versions, Medusa’s Daughter both excites as a narrative and creates learning opportunities with its stepping-stone format and classroom-friendly structure.