Every now and then we need a little magic in our life. At any age, we sometimes need an easy to read story for kids and teenagers that will relax us. So today I am going to invite you to take a walk with me and check out six novels that involve a circus, some with real magic other with just the fantasy surrounding such a place. So let’s check them out.
The Night Circus
“The Night Circus” is written by Erin Morgenstern. The author takes her chance in writing a story for teenagers (who are known to be very picky) about a world of magicians, and I might say that she does it very well. She manages to create a real fairy tale world without the help of no absolutely fascinating character. As a small introduction to the plot, I can tell you that the story is all around a mysterious circus, Le Cirque des Rêves and a contest of magic strength between the daughter of an illusionist, Prospero the Enchanter and a boy chosen by his opponent, the enigmatic Mr. A.H.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
No matter what age you have, you will feel the magic all around you when reading this book.
Water for Elephants
“Water for Elephants” is written by Sara Green and had great success as both a book and movie. The main character is Jacob Jankowski, who at the age of 93 tells the story of his youth. After the death of his parents, being 23 years old and in his final year of Veterinary School, he leaves his studies and jumps on a circus train. Here, he befriends an old man, by the name of Camel. The owner of the circus, Uncle Al, decides to keep Jacob. He is hired to take care of the animals. The bad guy of the story is the equestrian director, August, who treats animals very bad. He is married to Marlena with who Jacob falls in love.
Why the hell shouldn’t I run away with the circus?
“Water for Elephants” is both a magical and sad novel, so you need to pick your reading time to fit this kind of genre.
“Circus Mirandus” is written by Cassie Beasley. It is more of a book for kids rather than teenagers but is perfect for a weekend lecture. The main character is Micah Tuttle. His dying grandfather told him stories about a magical circus. There, you could find an invisible tiger, a beautiful birdwoman and very powerful magician who could bend the light. Being fascinated by all these and wanting to save his grandpa, Micah goes in the search of the circus and discovers it is real. But is all that simple?
Just because a magic is small doesn’t mean it is unimportant. Even the smallest magics can grow.
There is no better magical circus light story than this. It’s sweet and easy, so you can read it at any time.
The Magic Circus
“The Magic Circus” is an amazing short story for children by Christopher Logue. The author was an English poet associated with the British Poetry Revival. His tale is about the performers of the Magic Circus, who on their way to the Great Annual Show, meet an angry conjurer in the forest.
This book is lovely, with many twists and adventures, all presented in a very nice writing style.
Nights at the Circus
“Nights at the Circus” is written by Angela Carter and is more an adult story involving a magical circus. The book’s main character is Sophie Fevvers. She is a woman with wings (but are they real?) who works as a circus aerialist and is adored by almost everybody. People believe that her existence started when she hatched from an egg laid by unknown parents. Jack is an American journalist who is on a quest to find out her true story. Falling in love with Sophie, he joins the circus on a magical world tour.
The child’s laughter is pure until he first laughs at a clown.
So is Sophie Fevvers a fake or is she the real deal? Only by reading this magical story you will find out.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
“Something Wicked This Way Comes” is written by Ray Bradbury. I was not sure if I should add it or not to the list because it involves a magical carnival and not a circus. Also, it is a spooky story suited for Halloween. However, the novel follows a group of 13-year-old friends that have a very traumatizing experience when a traveling carnival comes to their town. This mysterious carnival advertises to grant secret desires to the people, but in truth, the leader, Mr. Dark enslaves the persons who visit the carnival and lives off the life force of them.
Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.
So if you are looking for a story that will raise your hand hair and adrenaline, you should go with “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.
Do you know any other stories involving a magical circus?