The Floating Circus

The Floating Circus Twelve Year Old Owen Forgoes An Orphan Train That S Headed West Only To Find Himself Falling In With A Completely Unexpected Group Of Misfits Circus Performers On The River Palace As This Floating Circus Makes Its Way Down The Mississippi, Owen Slowly Discovers That His Fellow Workers Aren T Freaks, But Loners, Like He Is A Brush With Yellow Fever In New Orleans A Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.comTwelve year old troublemaker Owen is so different from his little brother, Zach, that he knows Zach would stand a much greater chance of being adopted from the Orphan Train without him When the train leaves Pittsburgh, Owen slips away and jumps, leaving his future to the winds Before the night is over, he finds himself invited aboard a circus boat by a kindly black man named Solomonand nearly drowned in the
The Floating Circus is one of those great books that will appeal to both kids ad adults I often hear kids complain that literary books are so boring Although The Floating Circus might be considered literary, it is in no way boring The author keeps the story moving forward giving it definate kid appeal.I also felt it was a great example of how historical fiction doesn t just have to be about girls in corsettes The story takes place in the United States circa 1850, when circuses traveled fro The Floating Circus is one of those great books that will appeal to both kids ad adults I often hear kids complain that literary books are so boring Although The Floating Circus might be considered literary, it is in no way boring The author keeps the story moving forward giving it definate kid appeal.I also felt it was a great example of how historical fiction doesn t just have to be about girls in corsettes The story takes
The floating circus is a charming historical fiction, painting a colorful picture of a time in history when the circus world became an avenue of survival and acceptance for so many This is a story of an orphan boy who leaves behind all that is familiar to assure that his brother will get adopted When he is taken on as a stable boy to a grand floating circus, he encounters unlikely friends, life threatening dangers, and the enchanting but brutal world of the circus His kindred relationship wit The floating circus is a charming historical fiction, painting a colorful picture of a time in history when the circus world became an avenue of survival and acceptance for so many This i
Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn 2008 The Floating Circus I shoulda listened to my brother Right follows Zach like a shadow, but wrong wears me like a skin Owen and Zach, two brothers, two orphans from Pittsburgh When we first meet Owen, he is getting ready to fall into some trouble Dared to climb a tree to see if he could touch the roof of the orphanage, his attempt is brave but extremely foolish Now he has lost the use of his left arm When he overhears two elderly ladies Miss Jane and Miss Eliz Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn 2008 The Floating Circus I shoulda listened to my
The Floating Circus is the story of thirteen year old Owen Burke, an orphan living in Pennsylvania in the 1850 s His pa dead and his mother unable to provide, Owen and his younger brother Zach are placed in the care of the Home for Destitute and Friendless Youth When Owen overhears a conversation about Zach s options for adoption, he realizes that he is a liability to Zach and determines to help his brother find a new home even it means leaving him to do so Owen serendipitously finds his way The Floating Circus is the story of thirteen year old Owen Burke, an orphan living in Pennsylvania in the 1850 s His pa dead and his mother unable to provide, Owen and his younger brother Zach are placed in the care of the Home for Destitute and Friendless Youth When Owen overhears a conversation about Zach s options for adoption, he realizes that he is a liability to Zach and determines to help his brother find a new home even it means leaving him to do so Owen serendipitously finds his way to the riverfront of Pittsburgh where a large floating circus has moored By good providence and a healthy dose of luck and chance, Owen finds himself employed by the River Palace, apprenticed to Solomon, a freed black man who cares for the animals and does most of the grunt work to keep the palace shipshape Although the hours are long and the work is demanding, Owen settles into his new life, forging a g
I have really mixed feelings about this book While I enjoyed it, liked the main character, had fun reading about a floating, traveling circus, and think the author writes well, I m a tad uneasy about the racial politics of the book I get tired of white authors creating African American characters whose purpose is to be somewhat of a simple sage imparting knowledge and guiding the white protagonist to become a better person The Secret Life of Bees, I m looking at you While it could be argu I have really mixed feelings about this book While I enjoyed it, liked the main character, had fun reading about a floating, traveling circus, and think the author writes well, I m a tad uneasy about the racial politics of the book I get tired of white authors creating African American characters whose purpose is to be somewhat of a simple sage imparting knowledge and guiding the white protagonist to become a better person The Secret Life of Bees, I m looking at you While it could be argued that the black character in this case, an adult freed slave named Solomon helps the white protagonist a thirteen year old boy named Owen , his role in
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I almost missed this book which would have been a huge mistake This novel was an absolute joy to read Owen and his brother Zach have been given up by their mother to an orphanage After realizing that Zach has a better chance of being adopted without him, Owen puts his little brother on the orphan train heading west and then sets out to find his own way in life His path leads him to the River Palace, a floatig circus, and then leads Zach into a job, friendships and his share of new problems.I I almost missed this book which would have been a huge mistake This novel was an absolute joy to read Owen and his brother Zach have been given up by their mother to an orphanage After realizing that Zach has a better chance of being adopted without him, Owen puts his little brother on the orphan train heading west and then sets out to find his own way in life His path leads him to the River Palace, a floatig circus, and then leads Zach into a job, friendships and his share of new problems.I read this in one sitting and enjoyed every page The Floating Circus has
Twelve year old Owen slips off the orphan train, leaving his younger brother alone because he believes Zachary will stand a better chance of adoption without him Without any notion of what he will do next, Owen is carried with a crowd to the riverfront where a floating circus has arrived After he is thrown overboard for not having a ticket, he is rescued by Solomon, a black circus worker who convinces the owner that Owen can stay with him and help with the animals So begins a relationship whi Twelve year old Owen slips off the orphan train, leaving his younger brother alone because he believes Zach
possible spoilers This historical fiction has some wonderful descriptive language the similes that the main character, Owen, uses are worth a look in itself The author aptly uses the language of a boy growing up as the story is narrated it s not overdone, it draws you into his thoughts.The riverboat circus was based on a real one, and many of the details in the book are historically base
I liked this book for so many reasons I enjoyed the historical details that were woven into the story Obviously, the reader is exposed to life on a circus riverboat In addition, there is information about the horrors of slavery, orphanages, and the yellow fever epidemics of the early 1850 s Owen, a thirteen year old boy, experiences all of these things andIn the process he learns understanding and forgiveness He also learns that if you are fortunate enough to be free, your choices an I liked this book for so many reasons I enjoyed the historical details that were woven into the story Obviously, the reader is exposed to life on a circus riverboat In addition, there is information about the horrors of slavery, orphanages, and the yellow fever epidemics of the early 1850 s Owen, a

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • The Floating Circus
  • Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
  • English
  • 10 January 2018
  • 1599901854