4 Circus-Themed Listens for Everyone

I’ve always loved the ways in which books have used the circus as a magical means of storytelling. From the playful to the dark and mysterious, get in on the act this Circus Day with circus-themed listens for the whole family.

Circus Mirandus

For kids who love Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo, Circus Mirandus celebrates the power of seeing magic in the world around us. Listeners follow a boy as he sets out to find the magical circus from the stories his grandpa told him. Fantastical creatures such as an invisible tiger and a flying birdwoman work to transport the listener to a marvelous place full of wonder.
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The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Read By: Jim Dale

A modern classic of circus literature, The Night Circus stars two illusionists, set against each other in a fierce competition, who find themselves falling in love. The real magic here are the lush and elaborate descriptions conjured by author Erin Morgenstern’s beautifully crafted prose.
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The Gracekeepers
Author: Kirsty Logan
Read By: Katy Townsend

In a world divided between those who live by land and those who live by sea, the Gracekeeper Callanish performs shore side burials while North is a circus performer who entertains alongside a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers. Amidst isolation and a world fractured by sudden changes, both find magic in their lives. Inspired by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers is a modern, lyrical story of an irreparably charged world, and the sadness and joy it can bring.
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The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Set in Prohibition-era Montreal, two orphan children discover their talents – Pierrot is a wonderful pianist and Rose is a captivating dancer and comedian. As they travel around the city performing their act, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a fantastical life together. Separated by the Great Depression, the two lovers reunite and go to extreme lengths to make their childhood dreams come true.
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