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Groundwood Books

The Traveling Circus

Written by Marie-Louise Gay • Written by David Homel

For students in grades 2 - 5 | Published April 01, 2015 | ISBN 9781554984206

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Regular price $15.95 CAD

144 pages | 8.5 in × 5.5 in
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About this book

The Traveling Circus

Travels with My Family

Marie-Louise Gay • David Homel

Charlie and his family are about to embark on another trip, to another out-of-the-way place off the beaten path. This time they are heading to an island in Croatia, a country Charlie has never even heard of. An incredibly beautiful country that lives in the shadow of war and conflict.

Even for a seasoned traveler like Charlie, Croatia is a very different experience. To travel in a country where the language is completely unfamiliar and half the words have no vowels. To visit remote villages where the Internet is so slow, you might as well not have it at all. Where goats are a traffic-calming device, red cliffs loom like fortresses over an impossibly blue sea, and luggage porters are a line of women pushing wheelbarrows.

Still, Charlie and his little brother, Max, manage to find adventure wherever they go. There’s cliff diving, pigs on spits, hair-raising ferry crossings and snake juice for breakfast (“Breakfast in Croatia — at your own risk!”). And there’s a sober side to their adventures this time, too. A friend who was sentenced to Croatia’s version of Alcatraz, despite committing no crime. An unsettling encounter with the Hermit of Vrgada. The sight of a half-destroyed village divided by a war that nobody won.

Charlie finds out that this area of the world has a long and troubled history, that wars are complicated, and that long-time feuds can continue to divide neighbors generations later. But he also discovers that you don’t need to speak the same language to communicate with people. Not when you’re having a party in a field, surrounded by goats and dancing in the glow of car headlights with the radio blaring out Croatian music.

A warm, funny and thought-provoking book that celebrates a child’s love of adventure and boundless curiosity about the world.

About the Creators

Marie-Louise Gay

Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General’s awards and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal. Visit Marie-Louise Gay's website: http://www.marielouisegay.com/ Visit Marie-Louise Gay's blog: http://marielouisegay.wordpress.com/

David Homel

Born and raised in Chicago, David Homel is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist and translator. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Awards and Praise
The wryly amusing story shows that less popular destinations can offer unexpected rewards as well as new ideas to ponder.