16/10/2000

The Circus is Coming (by Noel Streatfeild)


Noel Streatfield's books are written for older children and teenagers, but with sufficient plot and characterisation to make them very readable (and re-readable) for adults as well. I love curling up with one of her books when I need some time to myself - they don't take long, they're undemanding, but they have strong themes and are sometimes very moving.

'The Circus is Coming' is a little different from her main ballet books; it's about two children who run away rather than being sent to a children's home.

They're rather snooty children but they soon lose their snobbishness, and discover new values as well as some significant courage.

A pleasant light read that would be appropriate for boys as well as girls.

You can also read my longer review of The Circus is Coming, after re-reading nine years later.

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