Under the Big Top

The Disapparation of James

By Anne ursu

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Hannah and Justin couldn't be more surprised when their shy son James volunteers for the magic act at the circus. The trick is spectacular and applause rings throughout the auditorium when James seems to disappear before their very eyes. The trouble is, he really did disappear. (summary)
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The Hatbox Baby

By Carrie Brown

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The year is 1933, and on a sweltering summer morning, a baby is delivered in a hatbox to the Century of Progress Exposition - The World's Fair - in Chicago. The very, very tiny baby, born three months early, is brought by his desperate young father to the fair's famous incubator doctor, who exhibits live premature infants to the fair's gawking crowds. (from summary)
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The Paris Enigma

By Pablo De Santis

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It is 1889, and the entire world breathlessly anticipates the Paris World's Fair and the opening of Monsieur Eiffel's iconic tower. The Twelve Detectives -- a society of the twelve most famous, compelling, and dazzling detectives from around the world -- have been asked to discuss the secrets of their trade as part of the fair's lineup of events. (from summary)
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Water for Elephants

By Gruen, Sarah

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The novel, told in flashback by nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression. (from summary)
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Wonder When You'll Miss Me

By Amanda Davis

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After being attacked at a Homecoming game, 16-year-old Faith Duckle attempted suicide and was briefly hospitalized, losing 58 pounds in the process. She is haunted by "the Fat Girl," a hideously distorted version of her former self whom only Faith can see, and seeks a new identity and a new home with a traveling circus. (summary)
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