Henrietta Hornbuckle's Circus of Life
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A HEART-BREAKING COMEDY ABOUT CIRCUS LIFE AND LIFE ITSELF

Henrietta cherishes her family’s kooky existence working as clowns for a small, shabby traveling circus. As far as she is concerned, she has it better than any twelve-year-old on the planet. But one shocking day, life throws a pie right in her kisser—in the form of a hitand-run accident that takes away a loved one. H...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2010)
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Beth G.
All her life, Henrietta has been on the move. Born into a traveling clown circus, she lives with her parents in an RV, part of a caravan that journeys from city to city, putting on shows. She loves performing as part of the act, and she is mystified by the idea of ever leaving the circus and settling down somewhere. But Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus has had some tough times, and some serious changes are coming Henrietta's way.

With a smooth flowing narrative voice and short chapters, the book...more
emily
Henrietta Hornbuckle is a clown in Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, and has been her whole life. Used to the travelling life, loving to watch the world pass her by as she tumbles and exaggerates movements and brings cheer and laughter to each town the circus visits. To Henrietta, circus life is a fluid, dynamic constant in her life. Then suddenly everything changes - Henrietta learns that the circus is in danger of closing, financial problems having finally become insurmountable. Furthermore, h...more
Jackie
Henrietta Hornbuckle has never known anything but living the life of a circus clown. At the tender age of twelve, she has shuffled around the country playing to crowds that are dwindling everyday. But, she loves it and wouldn't trade her life for anything in the world!

Then, tragedy strikes. Her father, MoMo is killed in a hit-and-run accident leaving Henrietta and her mother, Hortense floundering, especially since the owner of the circus has informed everyone that they must close...the circus s...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 3-6

Henrietta Hornbuckle is a clown in Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, and has been her whole life. Used to the travelling life, loving to watch the world pass her by as she tumbles and exaggerates movements and brings cheer and laughter to each town the circus visits. To Henrietta, circus life is a fluid, dynamic constant in her life. Then suddenly everything changes - Henrietta learns that the circus is in danger of closing, financial problems having finally become insur...more
Joanne Zienty
Into every life a little reality must fall, even the life of a traveling clown... or maybe especially the life of a traveling clown. Henrietta Hornbuckle is growing up in the apparently care-free atmosphere of a small caravan of clowns, who travel the country on a circuit that takes them from New York to the south to the West Coast and back again. She's a happy young performer whose never been in a house, never gone to school (she's taught by the adults in the troupe) and who can't imagine why a...more
Ella
This book was amazing! It really captured my attention. What happened in the middle was really unexpected. I felt so bad for Henrietta.
Stacey
I was all set for this book to be happy until it broke my heart.
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I grew up seeing hypocrisy pretty much everywhere I looked. I still see it. I believe it must be conquered. I think love, hope, romance and our imaginations are the best way to do it. Most of all I believe that kids get the short end of the stick. We pay lip service to the idea that they are the future, but we short change them. Kids don't have the vote. They don't have lobbyists because they don'...more
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