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When the Circus Came to Town

It all started with the Halibuts. Then came Elmira the Snake lady. Then the Flying Gambinis–all seven of them and their mother. And Mrs. Harrison the fortune teller, and Mr. Wydel the strong man . . .

These are the new residents of Springfield, the formerly peaceful small midwestern town where things for Ivy had been pretty quiet until now.

Ivy becomes fast friends with Alfred Halibut, a young aspiring writer like herself, and she finds her new neighbors certainly make life more interesting. But many of the townspeople are of another mind about this invasion of ex-circus people.

Tensions somersault into a climactic tangle at the Springfield base-off. In the midst of hurtling pies, can anyone bring peace and tolerance back to the community?




  • “[A] rollicking ode to silliness . . . Horvath remains a master of the middle-grade comedy.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “With snappy dialogue and a witty text, Horvath makes a point about discrimination and tolerance, yet keeps the tone animated and humorous . . . The many comic twists will leave readers in stitches.”—Starred, School Library Journal

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