Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story

Publisher: Scholastic

Review

Ted is a 12-year-old boy living with his mother and brother in South Yorkshire in 1867. But his whole world is flipped upside down when a man rolls into town, announcing himself as Ted’s father and a well-respected circus owner, looking to get his son involved in the family business of horse tricks and acrobatics.

Based on real people and historical events, Son of the Circus is a tale of triumph, perseverance, fitting in and standing out in a crowd. With a real feel of Victorian Britain, the story deals delicately with the experience of being a person of colour in the latter part of the 19th century, and delights readers with the intricacies of circus life.

A perfect read for history buffs, as well as those wanting a sneak peek behind the curtain of circus life. Additionally, it’s a great story for all about overcoming adversity and finding your own unique talent.

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