Created: 29th June, 2023

Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story

Author: E.L. Norry
Publisher: Scholastic




Years 5 and 6



Voices: Son of the Circus – A Victorian Story explores the life of a young mixed-race boy, Ted, living with his mother and poorly older brother in Victorian Bradfield. When a stranger, a man the boys don’t remember ever seeing before, appears in their kitchen, Ted is hit with a shocking revelation. This man is his father – the first black circus owner in Victorian Britain, Pablo Fanque. Before Ted can recover from his shock, he is sent away with Pablo to learn the tricks of the circus trade. Pablo is determined for Ted to follow in his footsteps. But can Ted adapt to this terrifying new life amongst strangers? And will he ever see his beloved mother and brother again?

Acclaimed author E. L. Norry continues this exciting new series that explores authentic and moving accounts of the life of British immigrants throughout history.

VOICES: A thrilling series showcasing some of the UK's finest writers for young people. Voices reflects the authentic, unsung stories of our past. Each story in the series shows that, even in times of great upheaval, a myriad of people have arrived on this island and made a home for themselves - from Roman times to the present day.

Other books in the Voices series:

Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story by Bali Rai (9781407191362), Scholastic £6.99

Diver's Daughter: A Tudor Story by Patrice Lawrence (9781407191409), Scholastic £6.99

Empire's End: A Roman Story by Leila Rasheed (9781407191393), Scholastic £6.99

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah (9780702302725), Scholastic £6.99

Two Sisters: A Story of Freedom by Kereen Getten (9780702301841), Scholastic £6.99

A Different Kind of Freedom: A Romani Story by Richard O'Neill (9781407199580), Scholastic £6.99