Henrietta Hornbuckle's Circus of Life

152p. 978-0-37433-513-7.
Gr 4-6 Henrietta Hornbuckle, 12, lives, works, and breathes the circus. With her parents MoMo and Hortense and her extended family, she travels with Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, a small company that often has to improvise to get the show on the road. Henrietta is a bold, quick thinker who is extremely loyal and proud of her background and way of life. When her father is killed in a hit-and-run accident, she is made to think about life outside her comfort zone of clowns, striped outfits, and pie throwing. The peripheral characters are a supportive family of misfits who join together as one when the need arises. This is a sweet story that doesn't end as readers might imagine."Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Twelve-year-old Henrietta loves being a clown like her five-foot-nine-inch mother and little-person father; she never wants to leave the circus, her extended family. Then a tragic turn of events forces her--and everyone else--to make choices. Filled with intriguing details about traveling-circus life, this is a colorful look at an unconventional family, starring the plucky and appealing Henrietta.

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