Synopses & 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 forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, bringing acts to amaze, delight, and terrify. And now the dazzling but enigmatic young Ringmaster has offered Trix the chance to be a part of it.
Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient alien artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past—if she can survive long enough.
"Fagan (The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle) makes a foray into science fiction with a zippy tale of outcasts and aliens finding their place in the universe. Fifteen-year old Beatrix 'Trix' Ling is a charity case at a stuffy boarding school where she's bullied and called a freak. Orphaned after her astronaut parents were killed in a launch accident, Trix is determined to win a gymnastics scholarship that will enable her to chase her own dreams of going into space. When that bubble bursts and she's invited to join a mysterious circus, Trix's cosmic ambitions come true in a way she never imagined: the Circus Galacticus isn't from Earth. But a menacing stranger is after the meteorite Trix's parents gave her to protect, and he's willing to chase her across the exciting and glittery universe to get it. Reminiscent of the juveniles of old, Fagan's story makes SF fun. It's loaded with wild coincidences and easily spotted inspirations (X-Men, Doctor Who), yet the underlying idea of valuing diversity, friendship, and self-esteem shines, carried by Fagan's solid writing, appealing characters, and sprinkles of whimsy. Ages 9 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"An exuberant, adventurous tightrope walk over the stars."
—Lisa Manchev, author of Eyes Like Stars "Highly, highly recommended!"
—Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of A Curse Dark as Gold "A book that reaches for the stars and provides a thrilling ride."-Kirkus
"An exuberant, adventurous tightrope walk over the stars."
—Lisa Mantchev, author of Eyes Like Stars
"Highly, highly recommended!"
—Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of A Curse Dark as Gold
"A book that reaches for the stars and provides a thrilling ride."
"Reminiscent of the juveniles of old, Fagans story makes sci fi fun. Its loaded with wild coincidences and easily spotted inspirations (X-Men, Doctor Who), yet the underlying idea of valuing diversity, friendship, and self-esteem shines, carried by Fagans solid writing, appealing characters, and sprinkles of whimsy."
"Fagan delivers [her story] convincingly in Trixs brisk narration. Ultimately, and entertainingly, the big-top inhabitants end up seeming like artsy American high-school students, and a pitiful lamentation like 'I am the worst friend in the universe' for once doesnt seem like an exaggeration."
"Like many of Fagan's female protagonists, Trix is lovably flawed, and her often-misguided stubbornness is forgivable in light of her fierce loyalty and determination."
"Jinks'and#160;well-thought-out environs and rational characters help ground this otherwise out-of-control interstellar thriller."--Booklist
and#8220;'Life is a force that cannot be tamed,'and#8221; observes Cheney, and readers will likely spend a long timeand#8212;after their heart rates have gone back to normaland#8212;reflecting on just how true that is."--Bookpage
"Gleeful "Alien"-esque action adventure...Packed with thrills, this deserves equally over-the-top CGI. In a wordand#8212;AWESOME."--Kirkus
"Jinks (The Reformed Vampire Support Group) remains adept at action sequences and creating a pervasively tense environment...With plenty of gruesome creatures (and demises) that owe a thing or two to films like Aliens, this is science fiction for horror fans."--Publishers Weeklyand#160;
Trix runs away to join the circus—and winds up in outer space! Trix is an orphan and a charity case at a snobby boarding school, where her tendency to speak first and think later gets her into trouble. But her life is about to change forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, and the mysterious young Ringmaster has offered her the chance to join. Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past—if she can survive long enough.
An action-packed, science fiction adventure for middle grade readers. Follow spirited orphan Trix from her snotty boarding school to the circus—and on to outer space.
“An exuberant, adventurous tightrope walk over the stars.” —Lisa Mantchev, author of Eyes Like Stars
Fifteen-year-old Beatrix Ling (or Trix) is tough. She can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snobbish boarding school. She can even fight back against the masked stranger who tries to steal her parents meteorite. But can she handle her life changing forever? The Circus Galacticus has come to town, and the dazzling young ringmaster has invited Trix aboard. Soon she discovers an entire universe of deadly enemies and potential friends, and she just might unravel the secrets of her own past—if she can survive that long. An action-packed intergalactic ride for science-fiction fans . . . now in paperback!
A gripping sci-fiand#160;thriller about a spaceshipand#160;that transforms into a living organismand#160; and then begins to turn on the human crew as if they are parasites.and#160;
What happens when a single moment changes everything? For seventeen-year-old Cheney, life on earth exists only in history books. He and more than one thousand other people have known life only aboard the Plexus spacecraft: self-contained, systematic, and serene. But that was before the radiation wave.
Now Plexus has suddenly turned on them, becoming a terrifying and unrecognizable force. As the crew dwindles under attack, Cheney and his friends need to fight back before the ship thatand#8217;s nurtured them for so long becomes responsible for their destruction.
About the Author
CATHERINE JINKS is the author of the EVIL GENIUS, GENIUS SQUAD, and the REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPPORT GROUP, and is a three-time winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award. In 2001 she was presented with a Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian Children's Literature. Catherine lives in Leura, Australia. www.catherinejinks.com