Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story

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Son of the Circus – A Victorian Story explores the life of a young mixed-race boy, Ted, living with his mother and poorly older brother in Victorian Bradfield.  One day, a stranger arrives.  A man Ted does not remember seeing before.  The stranger has a shocking revelation. This man is his father – the first black circus owner in Victorian Britain, Pablo Fanque.

Ted is sent away with Pablo to learn the tricks of the circus trade. Pablo is determined for Ted to follow in his footsteps, but the circus is struggling to make ends meet.  What is more, Ted cannot adapt to circus life.  Will he ever see his beloved mother and brother again?

This is a thrilling addition to the Voices series, which highlight the hidden stories of Black British history,  Debut author E L Norry shows us a fascinating and rarely seen world that’s sure to hook young readers.

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Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story

E.L. Norry

(Scholastic Voices)

Son of the Circus follows the adventures of Ted, who reluctantly finds himself catapulted into circus life. His father, who he has never met, appears one day and takes Ted off to join his circus. Ted is less than happy and finds it hard to fit in.  Moreover, he worries that he will never see his mother and brother again.
This is an excellent addition to the super Voices series, because it highlights another of the hidden stories of black people in British history.  The atmosphere in the circus is thrillingly summoned, as a disparate group of people from a variety of backgrounds come together to entertain in the most trying of circumstances.  Ted’s story entrances and furthermore will provoke the reader to think about the corners of history that are rarely highlighted.
Other books in the Voices series on Bookwagon include Diver’s Daughter and Now or Never.

1 review for Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story

  1. Paula Hale

    Another excellent book in the Voices Series they are currently being passed around staff in my school to read – very popular topics. This will go straight into my classroom for children to choose.

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