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Touch of the Clown

Written by Glen Huser

  • 224 Pages
  • 9780888993571
  • 7.500" x 5.100"
  • Reading age to 12
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance


Publication Date April 01, 1999

Cosmo the clown is the first bit of light to come into Barbara's life in a long time. At home, she takes care of her abusive father, her grandmother, and Livvy, her sick sister. Cosmo encourages Barbara to join a teen clown workshop he is leading, and there she finds true friends for the first time.

But she is soon in desperate need of his gentle guidance, when her family situation implodes, and her own resilience and resourcefulness are put to their greatest test.

Long-listed for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature 1999

Long-listed for the OLA Red Maple Award 2000

Long-listed for the Golden Eagle Award 2003


Glen Huser

Glen Huser’s novels include Touch of the Clown (shortlisted for the Mr. Christie’s Book Award), Stitches (winner of the Governor General’s Award) and Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen (nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award).

A former teacher-librarian in Edmonton, Glen has taught writing for children at the University of British Columbia. He recently explored his passion for musical theater in Time for Flowers, Time for Snow, a picture-book retelling of the myth of Demeter and Persephone (with a CD featuring a 180-voice children’s chorus).


Star Review

"This is a very well-written first novel with a strong social conscience and a delightful sense of humour from a writer who respects his readers." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

"A winner...the story and characters are very carefully developed...the reader truly feels Barbara's pain, awkwardness, and joy...This is a beautifully written story with a heartwarming conclusion...those who take it home will be glad they did." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"The resiliency of the human spirit is exemplified in Barbara's strong character. The story mixes a strong plot and likable characters in such a way as to appeal to adolescent readers." School Library Journal