Monday, April 1, 2013

Trends in YA: Circus

There have been a lot of circus themed or books with circus elements to them coming out lately in the YA world. I tend to think this trend has something to do with this little title that was published a couple of years ago:

I think The Night Circus made the circus cool and marketable and put it on everyone's publishing radar. Here are some YA circus themed books:


-A traveling wonder show that travels from circus to circus to attract attendees into their human curiosities show. 


-A girl joins a circus in search of her mother 


-A group of misfits are trapped in a Victorian sideshow


-Features a circus of magic and a character who joins the circus and becomes its rising star.

Have you noticed any other circus themes showing up in books?





8 comments:

  1. If you include side shows in that category, there's Karen Cushman's (middle grade) Will Sparrow's Road... and one of my favorite books ever is Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan!

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    1. Jessica-
      I ALMOST put that one! Because as you mentioned, it has side shows in it. :)

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  2. I'm listening to The Night Circus on audio book right now. So far so good :)

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    1. Jim Dale is such an amazing narrator! I listened to it on audio too but got confused by the time changes, so I stopped. I need to get back to it.

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  3. I have The Night Circus and Pantomime on my TBR list, but I'm curious to check out some of these other titles you've listed now as well!

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    1. If you read them, let me know what you think!

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  4. I definitely noticed that the circus has become popular! Water For Elephants is the first one I remember popping up even though that is adult and not YA. I actually didn't care much for The Night Circus, but I REALLY want to read Pantomime and That Time I Joined the Circus. :)

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  5. The only one I've read is Pantomime, but that's one of my favourite for years, so I'm definitely feeling good about circus settings! That Time I Joined The Circus looks particularly cool. :)

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