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Circus Galacticus

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  644 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Rebel. Champion gymnast. Intergalactic traveler?

Trix can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snotty boarding school. She can hold her own when everyone else tells her not to dream big dreams. She can even fight back against the mysterious stranger in a silver mask who tries to steal the meteorite her parents trusted her to protect.

But her life is about to change fo
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Harcourt (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rebekah Waldorff
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was one of those books I picked up because I was avoiding housework. To be honest, about a quarter of the way in, I couldn't figure out where it was going so I read the end and then the middle. It was written in that gripping pre-teen style, with lots of whimsical words and repeated phrases. One thing that stuck out to me the most was the similarity between the 'Ring Leader' and Dr. Who, actually, even the 'big top' that they fly in seems an awful lot like a Tardis... There was also a deep ...more
Shannon (enchantedfiction)
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Hylary Locsin
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Being an orphan and a charity case at the prestigious Bleeker Academy for Girls isn’t an easy life for fifteen-year-old Beatrix “Trix” Ling. Although she is a talented gymnast, Trix doesn’t feel like she fits in, constantly tormented by the other girls and looked down upon by cruel Headmistress Primwell. To make it through the dreary days, Trix dreams about following in her parents’ footsteps as a
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I was hesitating for a long time over giving this book 2 or 3 stars, and finally decided on two for a couple of reasons.
First the characters; they were interesting and mysterious at times, but all in all were just not all that well developed, and just plain confusing.

Second, the plot; There were times (Like when they almost get fried by a giant lighthouse, and torn to pieces by "The most evil creature the Mandate could think up") That just didn't pan out, they just weren't given the tension that
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beatrix Ling a.k.a. "Trix" is an outcast at her all-girls boarding school Bleemer Academy. Her life changes after a mysterious meteorite her parents told her to keep safe turns her hair pink and a intergalactic circus called the Circus Galacticus comes to town. Trix decides to join them to see if what the poster says is true "Want a place to belong? Then come join us at the Circus Galacticus as we have a place for you." Can she believe them? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty go
Angie Fehl
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Taiwanese-American teen Beatrix "Trix" Ling is an orphan who is sent to Bleeker Academy, a boarding school, as a charity case. Trix is struggling to find her place not only at Bleeker but just in the world at large. Conflicts with school bullies (as in, her trying to defend herself) lead her into a heap of disciplinary action scenarios with the school admin.

When the Circus Galacticus comes to town and the ringmaster (conveniently known just as Ringmaster) offers her the chance to join the crew,
Jennifer Rinehart
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm feeling very grumble-grumble-snort after reading this book. For me, it seemed that every time I got excited about something in it, by the next chapter I was disappointed because it never panned out.

Here, in no particular order is what really stirred my interest and then failed to deliver;

1. The main character - At first she was a girl at a snotty rich boarding school who gets blamed for everything and is just biding her time til she can get a gymnastics scholarship and leave. But, as the sto
Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? How about a galaxy-traveling circus complete with your very own Doctor Who-like Ringmaster and spaceship? Sounds pretty awesome, right? While you sadly may not be able to do that in real life, Deva Fagan's Circus Galacticus takes the reader on a voyage through the stars. Okay, so maybe reading instead of experiencing those adventures isn't quite as fun, but it's still a grand ride to hop on while I impatiently wait for my very own Doctor to s ...more
Lolly's Library
What a fun, thrilling, adventure-filled ride of a book! For anyone who's ever felt different, apart from one's peers, even a bit "alien" to everyone else, this is the book for you, no matter your age. In fact, even as an adult, I still suffer from such distant feelings. As such, I felt an immediate connection to the protagonist, Beatrix "Trix" Ling, the most real, dimensional, interesting character I've yet seen in juvenile fiction. She's adventurous, headstrong, doubtful of herself yet willing ...more
There was just something about the book cover art and title that made me want to read Deva Fagan’s Circus Galacticus. I’ve known three people who previously worked in circuses, which always fascinated me. How cool it would be to have an intergalactic circus! Creatures from every galaxy coming to your hometown – WooHoo! After reading it, I can truthfully say this is going to appeal to people of all ages. After all, hasn’t everyone wanted to run away and join the circus at some point? You don’t ha ...more
Brittany E
Fun! Zero percent exposition...but once you get over the whiplash, it's a good time.
Cynthia Van der werf
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My daughter's book- refreshingly diverse characters, engaging, funny - wonderful
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
A romping combination of old tropes, older ideas, and creative world-building in a treatment ready to be made into a family-friendly movie. And I mean that in a bad way. Engaging, and short, so I finished it, but it made no impact on me and will leave me with no memories.
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Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, creepyish, j
Trix is suffering through her orphaned miserable life WHEN SHE FINDS OUT THAT SHE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN A CIRCUS FLYING PLANET TO PLANET!!!!

That's kinda how this book feels. I cared only marginally about the plot and conflict and wanted to know everything about the space opera Fagan is building. There's all kinds of drama between the supergifted kids performing in the literal flying circus. There's a cool street market that reminded me of something from Harry Potter or Neverwhere. There ar
Silver Anderson
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I admit, I picked this up just so I could fulfill a buy-one-get-one-free deal. The cover looked fancy and the description was interesting, so I picked it. This book may seem very, very boring. The trailer isn't very well made, and the back sounds like a fifth grader in space. Not the best in appearances, but, well.. I wanted a different book okay?? But then I started reading it. This book gave me a certain feeling I haven't felt before I read it and after, a feeling of magic and success. I ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Beatrix Ling (Trix) was orphaned when her astronaut parents died in a space accident. She’s incredibly unhappy in her boarding school. Her only treasure is a meteorite her dad gave her with a warning to keep it safe and secret. On a field trip to the circus, she is totally captivated by the show’s performers. After being chased by a strange scary masked man, she falls through a hidden door in the Hall of Mirrors and finds herself backstage among the freaks and clowns. She discovers that the cir ...more
Michael Jones
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mike-like
I enjoyed this quirky book very much. The conflicted character of Trix is a little like Katniss in The Hunger Games, thrust into a situation she doesn't understand and cannot control, but Trix triumphs more by luck than by Katniss-style raw power and charisma. Both let their heart control their actions, though, and for both of them things work out in the end, although Trix is left with a much less bleak happy ending than Katniss winds up with.

I just have the book to my 11-year-old son... Let's s
Jan 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I don't really like this book very much. Not very much at all. I got to page 34 before I said (aloud) "This book is terrible". It's not really terrible, I just wouldn't really recommend it to anybody. I'm going to read a little bit more to see if it gets any better...but I'm kind of disappointed. Especially after reading about how great the book is supposed to be.
But space? Really? Did we have to talk about SPACE?
And where did Earthings come from? It's sounds like the name of some blueberry
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was very engaging, it's about a girl who feels out of place and is seeking somewhere to fit in in her world and so, as cliche as it may sound, she joins the circus. But this isn't just any circus but an alien safe house. Each character has unique abilities and personality traits but my favorite has got to be the ring master. This book is empowering and really drives home the idea that everyone is special in their own way.
The book is magical simply put. It celebrates creativity and makes me really want a space travelling circus to come and take me away to see all there is to see. That is, unless the Tardis gets to me first. We'll see.
Monique 🎀 Danielle
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was a little worried about liking this book, it looks more like a middle grade than a young adult but the idea of a circus set in space was impossible to resist and while it definitely had its flaws, I'm happy I read it. I would probably even read more of the world if I could.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would like a sequel please. Or a prequel...Possibly the Ringmaster's story?
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sitting patiently for a sequel......
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fiandfantasy, ya
The Greatest Showman meets Randoms. An enjoyable read, but I would have liked more character development and depth in general.
Ahmed Bilal
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of both the Sci-Fi and fantasy, and while walking through the bookstore I came across this book and was really intrigued. After reading the back cover, it sounded like the coming of age story inside a space circus. And as crazy as it sounds, the book is that and just so much more. Being a mix of a fish-outta-water and coming-of-age story set in a backdrop of a intergalactic circus. Author Deva Fagan created such a unique world which exceeded my expectations after reading. I was abl ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Circus Galacticus is just the sort of fun book I expected, fulfilling a need for a lighter touch than some of the dreary books that I had been reading. Beatrix Ling (Trix) is a prototypical, troubled adolescent protagonist of the sort that populates juvenile adventure novels, but she does have pink hair and much more spunk than sense. And there is a snarky AI, giant leeches, and "friends" with interesting abilities. My only disappointment, given the title, was that the descriptions of the circus ...more
Jennifer Phelps
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this book very quickly. We won a basket of books at the school carnival and I picked this one out for vacation. It's a quick read but I felt it was forgettable compared with many other young teen books of its ilk. Teen is misunderstood and has no parents is starting to sound like a broken record to me. My 11 year old son couldn't get into it but I think a preteen girl would enjoy it
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a cross between Divergent, I Am Number Four, and Harry Potter. The main character spends most of the book trying to find out whether she belongs in this crazy, amazing circus only to discover that it isn't really a circus at all, but a space ship which may or may not be a living organism. By the end, it seems that nothing will be settled unless there is a sequel or series.
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I write fantasy and science fiction for teens and tweens. I live in Maine with my husband and our dog. When I'm not writing I spend my time reading, playing video games, doing geometry, and drinking copious amounts of tea.

NOTE: My comments on books I've read are not meant to be critical reviews, but are just my own reactions. I don't generally use stars, but I do occasionally mark a book with five

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