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Son of the Circus

Son of the Circus - A Victorian Story

Published: 5 Sep 2019

Paperback / softback, 208 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By E. L. Norry

Published by Scholastic

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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. When a stranger, a man the boys don't remember ever seeing before, appears in their kitchen, Ted is hit with a shocking revelation. This man is his father - the first black circus owner in Victorian Britain, Pablo Fanque.

Before Ted can recover from his shock, he is sent away with Pablo to learn the tricks of the circus trade. Pablo is determined for Ted to follow in his footsteps. But can Ted adapt to this terrifying new life amongst strangers? And will he ever see his beloved mother and brother again?

Tagged Black History , circus and Victorians

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