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Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom (Signed Edition) [Hardcover]

William Sutcliffe , David Tazzyman
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27 Mar 2014 Signed Edition
Hannah's life is boring, boring, boring! But when Armitage Shank's Impossible Circus comes to town, Hannah's world is turned on its head. Meeting Billy Shank, his astonishing camel, Narcissus, and a host of other bizarrely brilliant members of the circus. But all is not as it seems; Armitage Shank, evil ringmaster and Billy's surrogate father, has a dastardly plan involving light-fingered thievery. can Hannah and Billy to stop his stinking scheme before it's too late… Full of fun, adventure and wacky characters, William Sutcliffe's debut children's novel - brought to life by the energetic illustrations of David Tazzyman - is a must for fans of Andy Stanton, David Walliams and Roald Dahl.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (27 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1471122557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471122552
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Sutcliffe is the author of five adult novels, including the international bestseller, Are You Experienced. His first novel for Young Adults, The Wall, was published in 2013 and has had much critical acclaim, including being longlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Circus of Thieves is his first novel for younger children. William currently lives in Edinburgh.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Circus of Thieves 3 April 2014
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom is one of the best children's books I've read in ages. It had me laughing out loud right from the beginning (very embarrassing when I'm sat in the staff room at work) and was funny all the way through. The overall tone is fantastic, the author's voice is spectacularly funny, and I loved every page!

This book features some great memorable characters, most notably Fizzer the animal and clowns Hank and Frank. The paragraph describing Hank and Frank is my favourite from the whole book, and I hope they're included even more in the next instalment. They're kind of like the Chuckle Brothers but in a circus! Hannah and Billy are brilliant too, though they don't quite shine as brightly as some of the secondary characters.

Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom manages to engage the reader by referring to them directly. This is unusual but effective - I found myself nodding along and concocting answers as if I was actually being spoken to. I really loved that and the way it makes the reader become more involved; it's a good way to get us all hooked!

This book is all about a circus, the crazy people in it and the animals that provide much of the entertainment. It's illustrated by David Tazzyman and touches on themes of friendship, family and mystery. I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would and I can't wait for the second book. There are so many unanswered questions and no doubt many more secrets to be revealed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister circus fun 27 Mar 2014
Do you remember the days when Enid Blyton and other chidlren's writers used circuses to great story-telling effect? Ever wondered why they are so absent from modern children's literature? Is is just the way society has changed, with the arrival of a traditional circus being far less an exciting event for kids these days? Are there just far less circuses around these days due to vastly improved animal welfare laws? Whatever the reason, I have been thinking for some time that we need to see a resurgence in the circus as the background for a story, especially as so many people find clowns to be so damn creepy.

Writer William Sutcliffe has thankfully arrived on the kidlit scene to start bringing circuses back into the world of children's literature with his delightfully funny debut for children, Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom. This first book in what I hope will be a long series introduces us to Hannah, a young girl whose life 'boring, boring, boring!' However, in a classic case of be careful what you wish for, things suddenly become a whole lot less boring for Hannah when Shank's Impossible Circus arrives in town. Hannah very quickly makes friends with Billy Shank, camel trainer extraordinaire, and heir to the Shank Entertainment Empire. However, not all members of the circus are as friendly as Billy circus owner Armitage Shanks being a particularly nasty piece of work, and Hannah soon finds herself on a mission to foil a scheme so dastardly that it would make you swoon.

There were so many aspects of Circus of Thieves that I loved. I'm sure I'm not the only reviewer who will find it impossible to start talking about this book without first mentioning the fantastic cast of characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging ingle imaginative 23 April 2014
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Excellent use of language. Nicely paced unpredictable story. Good for reading to children across an age range, in my case, 8 and 10 .
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How can a raffle be doomed? Read on and discover a hilarious adventure, sinister characters, plot twists and derring do!
The illustrations that accompany this book are just perfect! The cover alone has us all intrigued, we loved the story, the dialogue was very funny but there are dark undertones that maybe escaped the younger hangers on at book at bedtime in the Bridgeman house but Jenny (9) found them spot on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars COTATROD 30 Jun 2014
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I think that this book is a really good book minus the numbers and crazy drawings then it is an amazing book.
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