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 Circus in Winter

By Cathy Day

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From 1884 to 1939, the Great Porter Circus made the unlikely choice to winter in an Indiana town called Lima... Day follows the circus people into their everyday lives and brings the greatest show on earth to the page. (from summary)
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The Blue Moon Circus

By Michael Raleigh

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(Lewis Tully) leads an oddball circus ensemble across the recently tamed, dust-blown American West. There is only one thing (he) knows how to do, and that's run a circus--usually one that ends disastrously. But for Lewis and for its performers, the circus is in their blood. (from summary)
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The Aerialist

By Richard Schmitt

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A high-wire act in more ways than one, this...novel...tells the story of a restless young drifter who joins the circus and falls under its tarnished spell. (from Publishers Weekly)
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Acension

By Steven Galloway

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It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This wire walk will end his career. (from summary)
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