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The Greatest Show Off Earth

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Delphinium spends her tenth birthday aboard a traveling space circus, fighting against the dark forces who are bent on stamping out fun.
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Published October 1st 1994 by Viking Children's Books
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Bookista
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites! Wonderful, light, bubbly, joyful children's story about adventures in outer space & the circus (and aliens and broom-machines and the self-described Queen of the Universe).
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
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Tristan
Aug 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
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!
Bobbi Cox
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
I listend to it on CD. It didn't thrill me. I didn't like it.
Bookpuri
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Bookpuri by: my sister
This is clearly one of the best books I've ever read.Suspense,mystery,fantasy...it has it all.A must read for all children and an awesome get-away book for all teen-agers.
Patrick
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years.
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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
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