I received this book at no cost from the publisherThe Circus Thief by Alane Adams, Lauren Gallegos
Published by SparkPress on November 6, 2018
The Circus Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8.
Praise for THE CIRCUS THIEF
“The circus is bursting with amazing sights and sounds, from clowns and elephants to a lady with a beard, in The Circus Thief, a delightfully nostalgic tale of compassion, kindness, and generosity.” ―Foreword Clarion Reviews
“Bright, brave characters star in this exhilarating tale of magic and mystical creatures.” ―Kirkus Reviews
The story follows Georgie who begs his parents for money to go to the circus. He wants to see the beautiful horse advertised on the posters. Even though his parents have a hard time making a living, they find the funds to take Georgie and his friend Harley to the circus since they know how much it means to him. As luck would have it, Georgie actually gets a chance to ride the beautiful horse, Roxie. Georgie secretly wants to rescue Roxie. You can feel his pain since he knows Roxie will not be treated kindly when she retires from show business. I think Roxie can sense the kindness of Georgie and runs away to be with him.
After reading this emotional story about a boy who is kind and cares for animals, I had to find out more and discovered that this is the latest in a series of historical books geared toward children ages four to eight. It can even be read aloud to younger ones. The vocabulary is easy to sound out and a good start for children who are just starting to read.
Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens; she also writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.
1. What is on your nightstand?
My Keurig 😉
2. What author would you totally fan?
Sara J Maas. I LOVE her books.
3. What makes you cringe?
Bad writing—including my own.
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Total go with the flow writer. I think it would be boring to know what’s going to happen. It’s good to have a vague idea, but not be so meticulous about the details until you get there.
5. Is there a word you love to use?
I use the phrase “began to” a lot because things are constantly unfolding in my brain as I’m writing and so my characters “begin to” do lots of things. Later I go back and cut them out as much as possible!
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