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Peter and Santa were the most unlikely children to find with a circus, but that is what happened to them. From the dullest possible home with a tiresome snob of an aunt who had been a lady's maid, at her death they plunged right into the life of the circus with their quite unknown uncle. There they went to school with the child performers. They made friends with the horses, sea-lions, dogs and the men who looked after them. They knew the clowns, and the acrobats, and the trapeze artists with and with-out their make-up on. In fact, as it was their home (though it moved on every week, and sometimes twice or three times a week) they learned all about it from the inside: what it take to be a circus artiste, and what a serious business it is, getting up the big top and taking it down again.

This is a grand book telling about the circus in Noel Streatfeild 's familar warm and racy style. It won the Carnegie Medal in 1938 as the best children's book of that year.

Reader's Reviews


Another classic Noel Streatfeild story with the children losing all family except a mysterious uncle right at the begining of the book. I love Noel Streatfeild books and even though I was 18 when I read this, I still enjoyed every bit of it. I love the circus life Noel Streatfeild describes and the ending was also fantastic. A must read if you can get hold of it! (Olivia Phillips, Age 18)

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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 9+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 8+


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