(From the publisher):
From the publisher
In the mid-1800s, when the circus still captured the imaginations of dreamers and mathematicians alike, an ornery Frenchmanís ragtag circus travels a bumpy trail from Brussels to Paris. Following the death of his parents, Ralph the Bird Boy chronicles his coming-of-age journey with Leonard Smolletís "merry band of improbabilities": Paul the puppeteerís mysterious past threatens to sabotage the circus; Sophie the tightrope walker struggles to deny her feelings for him; Blackenholz the magician will do anything to keep them apart. In a growing friendship with the loner puppeteer, Ralph learns the responsibility of harnessing the hidden power we all have within. But just as it seems they will make their mark in history at the Paris premiere, the dark necromancer Khia Khan Khruse arrives like a black cloud and threatens to destroy Smolletís Cirque du Grand Coup in a ball of fire befitting its name. Here is a tale you wonít find in the history books.
Original title: The Legend of Smollet's Cirque du Grand Coup
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 19th Century
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)