The Circus is Coming
Ref: 3383
Alt. Title: Circus Shoes
Published: 1938
Publisher: Dent
Awards: Carnegie Medal 1938


Terrified that they are about to be sent to an orphanage after the death of their foolishly snobbish Aunt Possit, Peter and Santa set off on a journey in search of an uncle who they have heard travels with a circus. He turns out to be a clown in Cob's Circus which they track down to Bridlington in the north of England. From the moment they arrive in this new and exciting circus world, kindly Uncle Gus looks after them and his caravan becomes their unusual home.

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The Circus Is Coming
Children's novel by Noel Streatfeild

The Circus Is Coming is a children's novel by Noel Streatfeild, about the working life of a travelling circus. It was first published in 1938 with illustrations by Steven Spurrier. For this novel, Streatfeild was awarded the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's outstanding children's book by a British subject. American editions and some later British editions are titled Circus Shoes.

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Main Characters
Santa Possit 11
Peter Possit 12
Gus Possit Auguste and trapezist
Other Characters
Hans Schmidt
Fritzi Schmidt
Sasha Petoff
Olga Petoff
Alexsis Petoff
Fifi Moulin
Mr Schmidt Sea lions act
Mrs Moulin
Mr Moulin Performing poodles act
Mrs Petoff
Mr Petoff Liberty horses act
Mr Cob Ringmaster and owner of the circus
Ben Willis Master of the Horse
Ted Kenet Clown and trapezist
Bill Londoner
Rev Stebbings Peter's latin tutor
Mrs Schmidt