• ISBN:
    9781786070944
  • Published on:
    04/05/2017
  • Page Count:
    304
  • Binding:
    Paperback
  • Dimensions
    198 x 129mm

The Circus

Like it’s wonderful protagonist Willow, The Circus is colourful, funny and brave, and doesn’t flinch from the realities of being a homeless teenager.

Why would a girl who has everything want to run away and never be found?

Willow has staged runaways ever since she was a little girl. She has everything a young person should want: a rich daddy, clothes, money, a pony and a place at a prestigious boarding school. In reality, she has everything except the thing she really wants: a father who cares enough to find her.

Aged sixteen, on the eve of her father’s wedding, she ruins the bride’s dress and escapes through a window, determined never to return. Her missing mother was a circus performer, and Willow wants to follow in her footsteps. But the performers she meets don’t want her. When her last bit of money is stolen by Suz, another runaway girl she thought she could trust, Willow becomes really homeless. Then Suz comes tumbling back into her life and a desperate Willow has to decide whether to trust her all over again . . .

So begins their frightening, exhilarating odyssey through hunger, performance, desperation and dreams. Will they both survive and will Willow make it to the circus of her imagining?

Olivia Levez takes you into the very heart of a girl who wants so hard to be lost, but saves herself through a powerful friendship and the awakening of a need for home.

Like it’s wonderful protagonist Willow, The Circus is colourful, funny and brave, and doesn’t flinch from the realities of being a homeless teenager.

Reviews


Dressed in Levez’ glittering prose, The Circus has the heart of a lion tamer and the thrill of a trapeze. Raw, compelling, and compassionate, this is a biting and beautiful examination of why we run, what makes a home, and how we find who we are.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave author of Girl of Ink and Stars

Olivia Levez divides her time between teaching English and binge-writing in her caravan by the sea. Olivia likes hula-hooping, yoga and real ale, but not at the same time. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband, two sons and her real life Dog, Basil.

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