What are the best books set in a circus or carnival?

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    #1The Night Circus

    The Night Circus
    The Night Circus is a young adult fantasy novel written by Erin Morgenstern. It is about the Night Circus, a nightly place of entertainment that is actually a competition for magicians in which only one can stay standing.
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    #2Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants is a book by Sara Gruen which tells the story of Jacob who has to work with a problematic man in a traveling circus and later they will acquire an elephant that they will name Rosie.

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    Daniel Hall
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A classic tale of love set at the circus. Just what I wanted."
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    #3Cirque Du Freak (Vol. 1)

    Cirque Du Freak (Vol. 1)

    Cirque Du Freak is the first volume of the horror and action manga written by Darren Shan and illustrated by Takahiro Arai. It is about a normal kid named Darren Shan, who was thrown into a world of supernatural beings.

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    Rose Hoffman
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I loved this novel as a kid, so when I saw it had been adapted as a graphic novel, I instantly had to pick it up. The manga version is just as rollicking as the novel, with dashes of mystery, action, and horror. It's a really fun read, and seeing it brought to life on the page with illustrations makes it even better. The artist has a great style, that gives things a little grit while still being colourful and fun to look at. I would definitely recommend this to any younger relatives you have, as it's a lot of fun for teens and young adults."
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    #4Dumbo (Little Golden Book)

    Dumbo (Little Golden Book)

    Dumbo is a book by RH Disney that tells the story of an elephant with big ears. He was teased because of his enormous ears but he will discover that it can make him fly and he will amaze everybody.

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    Zachary Richardson
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite books set in a circus your kids will love this book"
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    #5Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes is a fictional horror novel written by Ray Bradbury and was published in 1962. This book tells the story of two 13-year old boys and their unforgettable, horrifying experience with a traveling carnival.

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    Terry Morris
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "this books to juvenille for me, but would have read it at a younger age"
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    #6Kiss an Angel

    Kiss an Angel
    Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is an entertaining love story with an impressive ending. Its pages tell us about a beautiful woman with an arranged marriage.



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    Kevin Pena
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I couldn't put it down. Really sweet romance with relatable characters. I'll be looking for more from this author."
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    #7The Circus in Winter

    The Circus in Winter
    The Circus in Winter is a historical fiction novel by Cathy Day. Every chapter of the book tells a different story about the circus performers of the Great Porter Circus as they spend winters in a small town in Ohio.
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    Verónica Villalobos
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "My copy of this book is well worn for good reason. It's an excellent read and kept my attention all the way to the very end. "
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    #8Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus is an award-winning novel by Angela Carter. It tells the story of Jack, a journalist, who joins Colonel Kearney's traveling circus to be with the woman he loves, a trapeze artist named Sophie Fevvers.

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    Robert Tucker
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I did not quite understand what was going on in Nights at the Circus, and that's what I like about it. It's like a fever dream at times, pulling deeply from the abstract, and transporting the mind somewhere nigh incomprehensible. This book transforms into something else entirely several times throughout the core narrative. I really like it."
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    #9Tipping the Velvet

    Tipping the Velvet

    Tipping the Velvet is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Sarah Waters which follows the adventures of Nan King, who starts her life as an oyster girl in the town of Whitstable.

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    Jesse Soto
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The central theme of this book does not seem to take place in a circus or carnival of sorts. It's pretty close in terms of performances by professionals however it is a bit far off if someone wants a book in a certain context of the circus or carnival"
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    #10Pantomime (Micah Grey)

    Pantomime (Micah Grey)

    Pantomime is a young adult fantasy novel by Laura Lam. First published in 2013, it is the first book in the Micah Grey trilogy. It won the 2013 Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction. 

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    Sean Arnold
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Pantomime: Micah Grey, Book 1 is a novel by Laura Lam. It is the first book of the Micah Grey trilogy and part of the Strange Chemistry series. It contains fantasy-steampunk themes with slight elements of magic, which may grow into a main theme in the next book."
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    #11Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

    Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

    Joyland by Stephen King is a mystery crime fiction novel originally published in 2013. This book was nominated for Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery and Thriller, and Anthony Award.

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    Sarah Gardner
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "It sounds like an interesting story. A little out of his usual, but well received."
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    #12The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events) is a picture book written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Brett Helquist. The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events) was published by HarperCollins.

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    Thomas Tran
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "After watching the Netflix series based on Snicket series I've been hooked. Me and my daughter loved the show. I've started collecting all the books i can get my hands on. This one was amazing. Love the illustrations. So happy to find out about these books because me and my daughter have a great time watching the series and reading the books together."
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    #13Geek Love

    Geek Love

    Geek Love is a contemporary horror fiction novel written by Katherine Dunn. This fantasy book is about Binewskis family and published in 2002 by Random House Vintage. 

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    Craig Stone
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Geek Love is a contemporary horror fiction novel written by Katherine Dunn. This fantasy book is about Binewskis family and published in 2002 by Random House Vintage. a very interesting read"

Summary

Best What are the best books set in a circus or carnival
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Night CircusBooks 47 Paid
2Water for ElephantsBooks 42 Paid
3Cirque Du Freak (Vol. 1)Books 38 Paid
4Dumbo (Little Golden Book)Books 36 Paid
5Something Wicked This Way ComesBooks 34 Paid
6Kiss an AngelBooks 33 Paid
7The Circus in WinterBooks 29 Paid
8Nights at the CircusBooks 28 Paid
9Tipping the VelvetBooks 16 Paid
10Pantomime (Micah Grey)Books 12 Paid
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