Friday, January 15, 2016

Top Five: For When Your Resolution is to Join the Circus

Here's five books for the folks who always perk up when they hear the circus is coming to town. Maybe you're thinking of taking lessons on trapeze flying or silks, tightrope or juggling.... but for right now, you can get be a circus expert... between the covers of a book:

Descriptions from the catalog unless otherwise noted:

That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard 

Lexi is a music snob born and bred in New York City. Not exactly the type of girl who you'd expect to find shoveling elephant manure in Florida. But, life is full of the unexpected and in one awful day Lexi finds herself without any of the things that used to make NYC her home. Suddenly this city girl is extremely happy for a bunk and a spot on the circus crew. 

It's another world from the one she left behind, one where the performers are part of families who have been working under the big top for generations and many of the crew are just as alone as she is.  But when someone from her past shows up in Lexi's new life will she be forced to deal with everything she's left behind? (from our full interview)

 Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan

Trix's life in boarding school as an orphan charity case has been hard but when an alluring young Ringmaster invites her, a gymnast, to join Circus Galacticus she gainss an entire universe of deadly enemies and potential friends, along with a chance to unravel secrets of her own past

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des R'ves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway:a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Pantomime by Laura Lam

Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona's circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada. 

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