Secrets of the Circus (Three-Ring Rascals #5) (Hardcover)
Algonquin Young Readers, 9781616205669, 128pp.
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
That’s what happens when circus mouse Gert’s secret pen pal, a pig named Pablo, runs away to join Sir Sidney’s Circus. Pablo doesn’t want to be sold to Prinkle’s Pork Chops. Farmer Farley doesn’t really want to sell Pablo, either, but he needs money to save his farm.
When the New Pork Times announces a pig race with a five-thousand-dollar prize, the members of Sir Sidney’s Circus--Gert, her brother Bert, Elsa the elephant, Leo the lion, and their friends--hope they’ve found a way to save Pablo and Farmer Farley’s farm, too.
The race is on in Secrets of the Circus.
PRAISE FOR THE THREE-RING RASCALS SERIES:
“A fun pick for fans of silly stories and for reluctant readers, too.” —*School Library Journal
“The story zips along, the text and illustrations are full of playful surprises, and the author sustains a tone of rare and genuine sweetness . . . Rich and inventive.” —†Chicago Tribune
“Entertaining . . . Illustrations, complete with speech bubbles, are seamlessly interwoven with the text to capture the action and misadventures. There’s even a rousing song . . . Absurd situations, winning characters and plenty of heartfelt moments and laughs combine to make this a surefire hit.” —‡Kirkus Reviews
“Coined words, speech bubbles, newspaper articles, and other amusing features continue the big-top merriment.” —Booklist
About the Author
Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise have collaborated on numerous award-winning middle-grade and picture-book projects, including Regarding the Fountain and 43 Old Cemetery Road series. Kate lives in Norwood, Missouri. She visits more than seventy school classrooms a year. Sarah Klise lives in Berkeley, California. Visit www.kateandsarahklise.com and www.threeringrascals.com for more information. (By the way, Klise rhymes with mice.)
Illustrator M. Sarah Klise and author Kate Klise and are sisters and collaborators. They started making books together many years ago in their bedroom in Peoria, Illinois. Kate wrote the words; Sarah drew the pictures. Their first book was about an adventure-loving little mouse that traveled around the country. That story was never published. (In fact, it ended up in the garbage can!) But the Klise sisters had so much fun making their first book, they kept writing and drawing. And now they've published more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including Regarding the Fountain and Dying to Meet You. The Klise sisters no longer share a bedroom. Kate lives in Missouri and travels often to visit schools and libraries. Sarah lives in California. But the two sisters still enjoy working together, especially on their new series about a pair of circus mice. (By the way, Klise rhymes with mice.)