Son of the Ringmaster is a book for older children and young adults; for readers, ideally, between the ages of 8 and 12, though an enjoyable yarn for anyone of any age.
Sam inherits the same powers as his enemy at the same time as finding his long-lost family. Given that his nemesis is his uncle who wants him dead, it's hardly surprising Sam was kept hidden on earth for so many years. There was certainly no family reunion party.
An inter-planetary travelling circus, posh tigers (who have to have afternoon tea before they'll do anything), moaning shadowmen, hairy women and coloured poodles with gymnastic skills - and more - feature in this intriguing, exciting tale of heroism, puppy love, family troubles and uncovering the truth. Sam always knew his heart belonged with the circus; he couldn't have known how right he was.
The first of a series of five, Son of the Ringmaster is a book loved by both boys and girls, with vivid imagery, developing relationships and a good dose of old-fashioned fun.