The Greatest Show Off Earth
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The Greatest Show Off Earth

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Delphinium spends her tenth birthday aboard a traveling space circus, fighting against the dark forces who are bent on stamping out fun.
Published October 1st 1994 by Viking Children's Books
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Cheryl in CC NV
Funny & a page-turner. It left me wanting more, for example of how a young boy can 'be' a library, and why a young girl is a caculator when they have computers. When I was a child I would probably have loved this, and I do rrecommend it to boys and girls ages 7-10. A reader can't be too cynical if s/he is going to be able to just let go and have fun with this adventure. Don't expect real science-fiction, or real adventure - it's more an homage to tropes than it is literature (but no prior kn...more
Kathleen Dixon
Margaret Mahy uses language so well with a wonderful mixture of words that children delight in, like 'splodge' and 'slimy', and vocabulary to stretch the young readers' minds, like 'treachery' and 'mysterious', and lovely descriptive idiom, like 'set my teeth' and 'everyone was electrified'. I've never been disappointed in any of her work, whether for children or teens.

In this children's sci-fi we follow young Delphinium, who is turning 10 today, and the only other child on the spaceship, Jason...more
I usually like science fiction. I liked the cover alot. I started it but kept going back to my other books and kept trying to get back "into" this one but didn't hold my interest. I gave up about half way through and told mom to take back to the library. Glad she didn't buy it!
Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years.
Bobbi Cox
I listend to it on CD. It didn't thrill me. I didn't like it.
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Margaret Mahy was a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.

Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's boo...more
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