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books for young circus fans

Five Life Lessons From The Circus
Be the ringmaster. It's your life.
You're on a tightrope. Keep your balance.
Toss your hat in the ring. Get involved.
Set up a sturdy net. You will need back-up.
Clown around. Life's too short to be serious.
— blogger Dani DiPirro



'circus' entry at Wikipedia
search books on keywords 'circus fiction' {returns 4,800+ titles} at Amazon

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mystery & sci-fi author Harry Stephen Keeler [1890-1967]
Keeler wrote over 90 mystery & science fiction novels (including a circus series); all of them are in print today at Ramble House.
publisher's author homepageWm. P's unofficial author websiteauthor entry at Wikipedia

Short Stories of Harry Stephen Keeler collection edited by Fred Cleaver  "Strands of The Web: The Short Stories of Harry Stephen Keeler" [2009]
Edited by Fred Cleaver

22 short stories by Keeler, with a complete bibliography of short works (26 stories,
one stageplay, and one short film scenario)

Ramble House 9x6 pb [4/2009] for $19.99
ugly cover for 'Three Novellos' book by Harry Stephen Keeler  "Three Novellos" [2010] by Harry Stephen Keeler
Ramble House 9x6 pb [7/2010] for $17.99
Keeler wanted these three stories published together in one volume, but publishers rejected the idea; published as individual volumes in 2002, and finally together by Ramble House in 2010; contains "Adventure In Milwaukee", "The Blackmailer", and "The Flyer Holdup"

"The Vanishing Gold Truck" [1941]
"The Case of The Jeweled Ragpicker" [1948] (U.K. title "The Ace of Spades Murder")
"Stand By — London Calling!" [1950]
"The Case of The Crazy Corpse" [1954]
"The Circus Stealers" [1956]
"A Copy of Beowulf" [1957]
"Report On Vanessa Hewstone" [1957]
"The Six From Nowhere" [1958]
"The Case of The Two-Headed Idiot" [1958]

"Hard Times" [1854] by Charles Dickens
When Sissy from Sleary's Circus joins the children's class of stodgy Mr. Gradgrind, she is promptly asked to leave, as her circus background makes her much too fanciful; Louisa & Tom Gradgrind's joyless education does not serve them well, and by the end of this cautionary tale, it's circus girl Sissy who is the moral victor.

The Young Circus Rider in Kindle format by Horatio Alger, Jr.  "The Young Circus Rider; or, The Mystery of Robert Rudd" [1883]
by Horatio Alger, Jr. [1832-99]

A young orphan raised in the circus searches for his true identity, survives injury
and a murder plot, and locates his family, thus becoming heir to a fortune.

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1/2013] for 99¢ {sic}
New York Public Library 8x5 pb [2/2011] for $21.99
The Young Acrobat in Kindle format by Horatio Alger, Jr.  "The Young Acrobat of The Great North American Circus" [1888]
by Horatio Alger, Jr. [1832-99]

No doubt the typical Alger 'rags to riches' plot, eh?
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
Wildside Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2007] for $9.95
Wildside Press 8½x5½ hardcover [9/2007] for $19.95
1953 paperback cover for Road Show / Circus Parade novel by Jim Tully  "Circus Parade" [1927] by Jim Tully, Illustrated by William Gropper
"A thrilling, violent story of circus life - Complete & Unabridged"
Essentially an autobiographical novel of Tully's several years traveling with the rough crew of a circus (before becoming a reporter in Hollywood)

Black Squirrel Books 8x5½ pb [6/2009] for $17.96 with Foreword by Harvey Pekar
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [4/2005] for $33.40
Albert & Charles Boni hardcover [1927] out of print/used
KS's Jim Tully [1886-1947] fansite
Circus Parade, Stories of the Big Top anthology edited by Phyllis R. Fenner  "Circus Parade: Stories of The Big Top" [1945]
Selected by Phyllis R. Fenner, Illustrated by Lee Ames

Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [9/2007] for $17.90
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [7/2009] for $30.79
Knopf Children's Book Club hardcover [1955] out of print/used
Knopf Children's Book Club 8¼x5½ hardcover [1955] out of print/used
Gus the Great circus novel by Thomas W. Duncan   "Gus The Great" [1947] by Thomas W. Duncan
"Four women were his stepping stones to the top"
Dell mass pb [1953] out of print/scarce
J.B. Lippincott 8½x6 hardcover [1947] out of print/used
Nancy Drew & The Ringmaster's Secret 1953 mystery novel by Carolyn Keene  "Nancy Drew: The Ringmaster's Secret" [#31 = 1953, rev 1974] by Carolyn Keene
Nancy is learning horseback riding stunts, so Aunt Eloise sends her a second-hand bracelet with five horse charms, with a sixth missing. The Sims Circus, where Nancy's instructor used to work, arrives in town, and when Nancy visits the circus, the clown tells her that the aerialist Lolita has the sixth charm.
Kindle Edition from Penguin Publng [1954 edition] for $6.99
Armada Books mass pb [7/81] out of print/used
Grosset & Dunlap pb [1974] out of print/used
Grosset & Dunlap 7¾x5 hardcover [1954] for $7.19
book entry at WikipediaNancy Drew Mystery Series Page at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore
Carny Kill novel by Robert Edmond Alter  
"Carny Kill" [1966] by Robert Edmond Alter
"This time I was really running scared. You see, they found this corpse on the Midway, and he had this knife in the middle of his chest . . . The cops thought I had put it there."
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [3/93] out of print/many used
Fawcett Gold Medal mass pb [1966] out of print/used
Stranger at Wildings 1976 romance novel by Madeleine Brent  "Stranger at Wildings: A Novel of Romantic Suspense" [1975]
by Madeleine Brent

Published in U.K. as "Kirkby's Changeling"; woman's romance novel about a British girl who runs away and becomes a trapeze artist at a small circus in Hungary
Fawcett mass pb [12/76] out of print/used
Doubleday 8½x5¾ hardcover [1976] out of print/used
Doubleday 8¼x6¾ hardcover [1975] out of print/used
Wickedest Show on Earth 1985 anthology edited by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini   "Wickedest Show On Earth: A Carnival of Circus Suspense" [17 stories; 1985]
Edited by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini

17 stories by authors Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Stanley Ellin, Paul Gallico, Evan Hunter, Stephen Marlowe, Edgar Allan Poe, Ellery Queen, Cornell Woolrich — and eight more
William Morrow & Co. 8¼x5¾ hardcover [11/85] out of print/used
Blood and Circuses mystery novel by Kerry Greenwood  "Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery" [#6 = 1994] by Kerry Greenwood
A former flame asks flapper-era amateur sleuth Phryne Fisher for help to figure out who is sabotaging his circus. Phryne goes undercover and quickly realizes that she may be out of her depth, what with having neither servants nor friends to rely on. Then someone is murdered . . .
Kindle Edition from Poisoned Pen Press [1/2012] for $4.99
Poisoned Pen Press 8½x5½ pb [7/2007] for $13.04
Poisoned Pen Press 8¾x6 hardcover [7/2007] out of print/used
Blue Moon Circus novel by Michael Raleigh  "The Blue Moon Circus: A Three-Ring Novel" [2003] by Michael Raleigh
Set in 1926; several years after a catastrophic flood shut down his circus, Lewis Tully is in court in Oklahoma for gambling at a speakeasy; the judge suspends Tully's sentence if he rebuilds his circus and goes on the road. Tully calls on old friends for help and manages to collect a mind reader, a dying snake charmer, a vengeful camel, assorted clowns, a trainer of housecats, and a nine-year-old orphan boy.
Sourcebooks Landmark 8½x5½ pb [3/2004] for $19.99
Sourcebooks Landmark 8½x5¾ hardcover [4/2003] out of print/used

"Roustabout: A Fiction" [4/1996] Michelle Chalfoun
http://www.amazon.com/Roustabout-A-Fiction-Michelle-Chalfoun/dp/0060172975/

"The Final Confession of Mabel Stark: A Novel" [4/2003] by Robert Hough
http://www.amazon.com/The-Final-Confession-Mabel-Stark/dp/0802140432/

the excellent "The Circus In Winter" [7/2004] by Cathy Day
http://www.amazon.com/Circus-Winter-Cathy-Day/dp/0156032023

"Cirkus: A Novel" [5/2006] by Patti Frazee
http://www.amazon.com/Cirkus-A-Novel-Patti-Frazee/dp/1555839355/

"Burning Bright" [3/2007] by Tracy Chevalier
Set in 1792, Dorset carpenter Thomas Kellaway and his family move to London, where he's employed to build props for Astley's Circus.
https://www.amazon.com/Burning-Bright-Tracy-Chevalier/dp/0452289076/
https://www.amazon.com/Burning-Bright-Tracy-Chevalier/dp/052594978X/

"Hetty Feather" [11/2009] by Jacqueline Wilson
from book to stage - How did Jacqueline Wilson's wonderful book make it to the West End?
http://www.amazon.com/Hetty-Feather-Jacqueline-Wilson/dp/0385614446/

Great Southern Circus novel by Nick West  "The Great Southern Circus: The Adventure of A Lifetime" [2010] by Nick West
Novel based on stories handed down for generations in the Madderra family; a young man joins a small circus in 1859 to be with the bareback rider; the real-life Orton & Older's Great Southern Circus traveled over 6,000 miles across 18 states in 123 weeks before the breakout of the War Between The States
Kindle Edition from Xlibris [4/2014] for $2.99 {sic}
Xlibris 9x6 pb [2/2010] for $19.93
Xlibris 9x6 hardcover [2/2010] for $19.99
The Circus Poster novel by Denise Hirota  "The Circus Poster" novel [2011] by Denise Hirota
Seven-year-old Brianna loves gymnastics, but her mother dreams of the girl becoming a prima ballerina; Brianna discovers a locked trunk in the basement that reveals the mysterious past of the Koslov family . . .
Kindle Edition from Eloquent Books [1/2012] for $9.99
Eloquent Books 8½x5½ pb [2/2011] for $9.99
author's official website
Mumbo Jumbo Circus novel by Jane George  "The Mumbo Jumbo Circus" [2011] Written & illustrated by Jane George
A girl runs away from cruel foster care and joins a struggling circus, quickly realizing that what holds the group together is the practice of magic . . .author's official website
Red Willow Publng 9x6 pb [4/2011] out of print/used
sequel "The Daring Young Man: The Mumbo Jumbo Circus Book Two" [2012]
Written & illustrated by Jane George

Paper Grove Publng 9x6 pb [12/2012] out of print/SOLD OUT!
The Night Circus novel by Erin Morgenstern  "The Night Circus: A Novel" [2011] #1 national bestseller by Erin Morgenstern
Two circus magicians have been trained from birth to duel with each other, but instead
they fall in love . . .

Kindle Edition from Anchor/Random House [9/2011] for $9.99
Anchor Books 8x5¼ pb [7/2012] for $8.92
Doubleday 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2011] for $15.91
author's official website
poster for 'The Night Circus' feature film  "The Night Circus" feature film [still in development 2017]
The book sold to Hollywood before publication in 2011 and has a matching real old number on IMDb; but the movie announced for 2013 did not happen, and the actors and crew named on the poster at left show no credit entry for it on IMDb. The amazing fanmade trailer [1:37] on YouTube looks real but is not.
listed as 'in development' at IMDb

"The Midget's House: A Circus Story... A Love Story... A Ghost Story" [1/2012] by Anita Bartholomew
http://www.amazon.com/The-Midgets-House-Circus-Story/dp/0983992207/


Rex Koko, Private Clown, 2011-2014
'clown noir' mystery series by James Finn Garner
browse author store at Amazonofficial booksite

"Honk Honk, My Darling" [#1 = 12/2011]
http://www.amazon.com/Honk-My-Darling-Private-Mystery/dp/1468087088/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

"Have Yourself A Monkey Little Christmas: A Rex Koko, Private Clown Yarn" short story [12/2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Have-Yourself-Monkey-Little-Christmas-ebook/dp/B00AFJY2XM/

"Double Indignity" [#2 = 5/2014]
http://www.amazon.com/Double-Indignity-Koko-Private-Clown/dp/1499650817/

"The Wet Nose of Danger" [#3 = 10/2014]
http://www.amazon.com/Nose-Danger-Koko-Private-Clown-ebook/dp/B00O9N48PC/


"Pantomime (Micah Grey Trilogy #1)" [2/2013] by Laura Lam
brilliant YA story about running away and joining R.H. Ragona's Circus of Magic
https://www.amazon.com/Pantomime-Micah-Grey-Strange-Chemistry/dp/190884437X/
"Shadowplay (Micah Grey Trilogy #2)" [March 2017] by Laura Lam
https://www.amazon.com/Shadowplay-Micah-Grey-Trilogy-Laura/dp/1509807802/
"Masquerade (Micah Grey Trilogy #3)" [June 2017] by Laura Lam
https://www.amazon.com/Masquerade-Micah-Grey-Trilogy-Laura/dp/1509807780/


That Time I Joined the Circus YA novel by J.J. Howard  "That Time I Joined The Circus" [grades 7 & up; 2013] by J.J. Howard
New York City teen music student Lexi's life is disrupted; when her father dies, the lawyer tells her that she is penniless, and that the last contact with her long-gone mother was from a small circus in Florida . . .
Kindle Edition from Point/Scholastic [4/2013] for $5.99
Point 8½x5¾ hardcover [4/2013] for $2.63 {sic}
Point 8½x5¾ hardcover [4/2013] out of print/used
German-language Kindle Edition from Loewe Verlag [6/2015] for $9.99
Loewe Verlag German-language 8½x5½ hardcover [6/2015] import/used

"Wild Boy" [9/2013] by Rob Lloyd Jones
https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Boy-Rob-Lloyd-Jones-ebook/dp/B00EV8HJOC/
https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Boy-Rob-Lloyd-Jones/dp/0763662526/
https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Boy-Lloyd-Jones-2014-01-02/dp/B01N0DFXBT/
sequel "Wild Boy and The Black Terror" [May 2015] by Rob Lloyd Jones
https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Black-Terror-Lloyd-Jones/dp/0763662534/

"The Girl Who Walked On Air" [8/2014] by Emma Carroll
http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Who-Walked-Air/dp/0571297161/

"The Night Circus" [10/2016] by Erin Morgenstern
https://www.amazon.com/Night-Circus-Erin-Morgenstern/dp/1784871052/
https://www.amazon.com/Night-Circus-Erin-Morgenstern/dp/0307744434/

The Orphan's Tale novel by Pam Jenoff  "The Orphan's Tale: A Novel" [2017] by Pam Jenoff  2/2017
A village teenager is impregnated by a Nazi soldier; the baby is taken away from her and she is given a job cleaning the railway station. She finds a railcar of babies and steals one of them and runs away, landing with a traveling circus, where she is trained by a Jewish aerialist . . .
Kindle Edition from MIRA/Harlequin Digital Sales [2/2017] for $9.99
MIRA 9x6 pb [2/2017] for $10.43
MIRA 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2017] for $17.70
'The Circus' mystery novel by A.J. Griffiths-Jones  "The Circus" mystery novel [2017] by A.J. Griffiths-Jones  4/2017
Sheila, the resident fortune-teller at O' Hare's Travelling Circus, uncovers a series of secrets kept hidden by her co-workers, with a big surprise at the end . . .
Kindle Edition from Creativia [4/2017] for $2.99
CreateSpace 8½x5½ pb [4/2017] for $12.99
'The Circus' teen novel by Olivia Levez  
"The Circus" teen novel [2017] by Olivia Levez  6/2017
Kindle Edition from Oneworld Publns [6/2017] for $7.40
Oneworld Publns 7¾x5 pb [6/2017] for $7.79

Books  For  Young  Circus  Fans

"The Circus Boys" Series [1910-20] by Edgar B.P. Darlington
no Darlington entry at Wikipedia or IMDb • Darlington's five books as free etexts at Project Gutenberg

The Circus Boys Series in Kindle format from ignacio hills press  "The Circus Boys Collection" for Kindle [2009]
Kindle Edition from ignacio hills press [5/2009] for $1.00 (sic)
omnibus edition of all five of Darlington's boys' novels, published from 1910 to 1920
"The Circus Boys On The Flying Rings: or, Making The Start In The Sawdust Life" [1910]
"The Circus Boys Across The Continent: or, Winning New Laurels On The Tanbark" [1911]
"The Circus Boys In Dixie Land: or, Winning The Plaudits of The Sunny South [1911]
"The Circus Boys On The Mississippi: or, Afloat With The Big Show On The Big River" [1912]
"The Circus Boys On The Plains: or, The Young Advance Agents Ahead of The Show [1920]

Enid Blyton's Circus Tales [1938-48]
Wikipedia entry for British children's author Enid Mary Blyton [1897-1968]
browse all Blyton bookscredits [since 1955] at IMDbEnid Blyton Society [est. 1995]

Mr Galliano's Circus children's book by Enid Blyton  "Mr. Galliano's Circus" [1938] by Enid Blyton
Jimmy Brown meets Lotta and the other people who work at the circus.
Red Fox mass pb [1990] out of print/used
Deans Intl. hardcover [1986] out of print/used
Dean & Sons Ltd. 7¼x5 hardcover [5/72] out of print/used
Hurrah for the Circus! children's book by Enid Blyton  "Hurrah For The Circus!" [1939] by Enid Blyton
The new boy Eric hates girls, so he tries to get Jimmy to avoid Lotta, but then she catches Eric inside the cage of the new tigers act and trying to tame them!
Red Fox mass pb [12/85] out of print/used
Red Fox mass pb [2/80] out of print/used
Dean & Sons Ltd. 7¼x5 hardcover [1/73] out of print/used
Circus Days Again children's book by Enid Blyton  "Circus Days Again" [1942] by Enid Blyton
Madame Prunella and her talking parrots join the circus, then a great wind blows the big top tent away and two bears disappear, so Jimmy and Lotta and Lucky the Wonder Dog track them to a cave at the beach . . .
Beaver Books mass pb [1987] out of print/used
Red Fox mass pb [4/79] out of print/used
Hamlyn Young Books 7¼x5 hardcover [6/73] out of print/used
Come to the Circus! children's book by Enid Blyton  "Come To The Circus!" [1948] by Enid Blyton
Pint-sized ten-year-old orphan Fenella's Aunt Janet abruptly marries and moves to Canada, leaving the girl in the care of Uncle Ursie and Aunt Lou at Mr. Carl Crack's Circus.
Red Fox mass pb [12/85] out of print/used
Collins/Armada mass pb [1973] out of print/used
Hamlyn Young Books 7¼x5 hardcover [8/74] out of print/used
"Enid Blyton 5 Books In 1" [1992]
includes "Mr. Galliano's Circus", "Hurrah For The Circus!", "Circus Days Again",
"The Naughtiest Girl In The School", and "The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor"
Cresset Press mass pb [1992] out of print/used

"Enid Blyton Circus Collection: 3 in 1" [2012] featuring Jimmy Brown and Lotta
Egmont Books Ltd. 7¾x5 pb [5/2012] out of print/used
Egmont Books Ltd. 7¾x5 pb [5/2012] out of print/used

The data on Amazon and elsewhere for these two books is all mixed together, lacking integrity - what shows here is my best guess . . .
AND the new animated film {much-revised story, due September 2017} is over on the Circus Film Festival Pages

Animal Crackers children's book by Scott Christian Sava  "Animal Crackers" [I.D.W. Publng 1/2011]
by Scott Christian Sava, Illustrated by Alison Acton

Owen and his family visit the new circus in town, and his little sister Zoe accuses the ringmaster of mistreating the animals; Zoe and Uncle Bob soon disappear and Owen uses a box of animal crackers with magical properties, allowing him to transform into a bear, a hippo, and a hamster to rescue them.
Kindle Edition from First Second/Macmillan [3/2017] for $9.99
First Second Publng hardcover [3/2017] for $10.45
Animal Crackers Circus Mayhem children's book by Scott Christian Sava  "Animal Crackers, The Prequel: Circus Mayhem" [2017]
by Scott Christian Sava, Illustrated by Mike Holmes

Owen visits his Uncle Bob's Animal Circus, famous for its amazing show; but Uncle Bob and the animals are missing . . .
Kindle Edition from First Second/Macmillan [3/2017] for $9.99
First Second Publng 9½x6½ hardcover [3/2017] for $9.44

"Ned’s Circus of Marvels" children's novels by Justin Fisher
First published in erratic order in mid-2017, with three books so far on Amazon
official book sitewatch 4/2016 official book promo video [1:09] online at YouTube

Ned’s Circus of Marvels children's novel by Justin Fisher  "Ned’s Circus of Marvels, Book 1" [ages 9-12; May 2017] by Justin Fisher  5/2017
"He ran away to join the circus, not to save the world" • On Ned’s thirteenth birthday, he discovers that everything magical that he’s ever read about or imagined is REAL! And even more terrifying, the world will soon be engulfed in monstrous beasts and beings unless Ned swoops in and saves the day – with the help of a robot mouse, a girl witch, and a flying circus unlike any other.
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [6/2017] for $5.99
HarperCollins Children's Books pb [5/2017] for $6.99
The Gold Thief children's novel by Justin Fisher  "Ned’s Circus of Marvels, Book 2: The Gold Thief" [ages 9-12; May 2017]  5/2017
"Ned just wants a normal life. But the magical world needs saving and only Ned
can do it." • Just before Christmas, all of the world's gold disappears . . .

Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [4/2017] for $7.99
HarperCollins Children's Books pb [DUE Jan 2018] PRE-ORDER for $6.99

"Ned’s Circus of Marvels, Book 3: Untitled Children's Novel" [2018] by Justin Fisher
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [DUE Jan 2018] PRE-ORDER for $7.99

Babar au Cirque / Babar At The Circus children's book by Jean de Brunhoff  "Babar au Cirque (Babar At The Circus)" [France 1952]
by Laurent de Brunhoff

Methuen & Co. Ltd. hardcover [1972] import/scarce
Babar [est. 1931] entry at Wikipedia
If I Ran The Circus children's book by Dr. Seuss  "If I Ran The Circus" [ages 4-9; 1956] by Dr. Seuss
Little Morris McGurk imagines the empty lot behind Mr. Sneelock's ramshackle store – just clear out the rusty cans, the dead tree, and the old cars – used for the amazing, world-beating Circus McGurkus.
Random House 11¼x8¼ pb [10/56] for $8.80
Random House 10¾x8 hardcover [1984] out of print/used
Random House 11x8 hardcover [10/56] out of print/used
Circus Girl children's book by Jack Sendak & Maurice Sendak  "Circus Girl" [1957] by Jack Sendak [1924-95],
Pictures by {brother} Maurice Sendak [1928-2012]

HarperCollins 10x7¾ hardcover [10/2002] for $19.95
Dumbo and the Circus Train book by Walt Disney Productions  "Walt Disney's Dumbo and The Circus Train" [1982]
Random House 8½x6¼ hardcover [1982] out of print/many used
Random House 9x6¼ hardcover [1982] out of print/used
Babar's Little Circus Star children's book by Laurent de Brunhoff  "Babar's Little Circus Star" [1988] by Laurent de Brunhoff
While Isabelle is upset because she's the smallest in the family, the circus comes to town and the clowns observe her tumbling skills and ask her to star in a performance; afterward, she feels better about being small.
Random House BFYR 9x6 pb [5/88] out of print/40+ used
Random House BFYR 8¾x5½ hardcover [7/88] out of print/used
Babar [est. 1931] entry at Wikipedia
Circus Girl children's book by Michael Garland  "Circus Girl" [ages 3 & up; 1993] Written & Illustrated by Michael Garland
Dutton Juvenile 10x11 hardcover [5/93] out of print/used
Eugenio children's book by Lorenzo Mattotti & Marianne Cockenpot  "Eugenio" [ages 5 & up; 1994]
by Marianne Cockenpot, Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti

Abandoned by his poverty-stricken parents, Eugenio is taken in by kindly circus folk
and grows up to become the most popular clown at the circus.

Little, Brown & Co. 13x8¾ hardcover [5/94] out of print/used
"Eugenio" 37-minute animated featurette [France Oct 1999]
Directed by Jean-Jacques Prunès; adapted by Catherine Taillefer • credits at IMDb

Pippi Longstocking Goes to the Circus children's book by Astrid Lindgren & Michael Chesworth  "Pippi Goes To The Circus: A Pippi Longstocking Storybook" [ages 5-8; 1999]
Excerpted from the original novel by Astrid Lindgren, Pictures by Michael Chesworth

When Pippi goes to the circus show, she doesn't just watch, she takes over!
Puffin Books 8¾x6½ pb [5/2000] for $6.16
Viking Juvenile 9x7 hardcover [2/99] out of print/used
The Day the Circus Came to Town book by Melody Carlson & Ned Butterfield  "The Day The Circus Came To Town" [ages 4 & up; 2000]
by Melody Carlson, Illustrated by Ned Butterfield

The school bully and his gang convince Seth that going to the circus is for sissies, so he turns down two offers of a free ticket; he later finds that everyone in town has gone . . . {includes 'underlying religious message' which may be lightly applied}
Crossway Books 10¼x9¼ hardcover [3/2000] out of print/used
Crossway Books 10¼x9¼ hardcover [3/2000] out of print/used
Dad Runs Away with the Circus children's book by Etgar Keret  
"Dad Runs Away With The Circus" [grades K-3; 2004]
by Etgar Keret, Illustrated by Rutu Modan

Candlewick 11¼x8 hardcover [8/2004] out of print/used
The Golden Circus book by Kathryn Jackson  "The Golden Circus" [ages 3-7; 2005 reissue]
by Kathryn Jackson, Illustrated by Caldecott medalists Alice & Martin Provensen

Golden Books 9½x6¾ hardcover [8/00] out of print/used
Golden Books 9¼x7 library hardcover [2/2005] out of print/used
The Circus Ship children's book by Chris Van Dusen  "The Circus Ship" [ages 4 & up; 2009] Written & Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Set in the 1800s; a steamship is wrecked in a storm, and its cargo of circus animals finds its way to an island off the Maine coast; at first frightened, the townspeople become friends with the animals, and when the nasty circus owner comes for his menagerie, the locals unite to keep the animals safe from a life of exploitation.
Kindle Edition from Candlewick [11/2011] for $12.33
Candlewick Press Big Book 17x16¼ {sic} pb [9/2011] for $21.94
Candlewick 10¼x10 hardcover [9/2009] for $12.98

Circus Galacticus YA novel by Deva Fagan  "Circus Galacticus" [ages 10-12; 2011] by Deva Fagan
Orphan and champion gymnast Trix has managed to survive at the charity orphanage and at the snooty nearby school, but recent events are troubling: a man in a silver mask is following her and when the beyond-amazing Circus Galacticus comes to town, the handsome young Ringmaster offers her a job!
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [11/2011] for $6.99
H.M.H. Books For Young Readers 7½x5 pb [11/2012] for $3.00
Harcourt Children's Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [11/2011] for $4.98
Circus Mirandus YA novel by Cassie Beasley  "Circus Mirandus" New York Times bestseller [grades 4-7; 2015] by Cassie Beasley
"Magic so wonderful you have to believe it to see it" • Fifth-grader Micah lives with his grandfather Ephraim, who tells fanciful tales of the magical Circus Mirandus; when Grandpa becomes gravely ill, his strict sister Great-Aunt Gertrudis takes over the household. Grandpa reveals that the circus tales are real and that a performer called Lightbender long ago promised him a miracle, so Micah and his science-oriented classmate Jenny set out to find the circus . . .
Kindle Edition from Dial Books/Penguin Group [6/2015] for $6.99
Puffin Books 7¾x5¼ pb [8/2016] for $8.43
Dial BFYR 9¼x6¼ deckle-edge hardcover [6/2015] for $11.34
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