Show stopper

Hayley Barker

Scholastic UK


ISBN 9781407179674

RRP $16.99

Date of publication October 2017

Age Young Adult

Reviewer Megan Stuart

The opening chapters paint a depressing picture (set sometime in the future) of life in a circus where the performers have been sold into the life by their impoverished parents. These children are overworked, underfed and suffer at the hands of the ringmaster. However the heroine Hoshiko emerges as brave, compassionate and talented.

Enter Ben, whose mother (a high ranking government minister) agrees to take him and  his brother to the circus. Although Ben’s life is privileged he isn’t particularly happy either.

The story is told through the voices of these two characters who fight to bring about some kind of justice. The book offers action in a circus setting, romance and the opportunity to examine injustice and inequities in society.


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