Book one in the Three-Ring Rascals series

Publisher: Algonquin Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 10, 2013

Meet Sir Sidney. He owns Sir Sidney’s Circus, which happens to be the BEST circus in the whole wide world. But Sir Sidney thinks he’s getting too old to manage his circus. So he hires a man named Barnabas Brambles to help. Problem is, Barnabas Brambles has only one thing on his mind: m-o-n-e-y. And he’ll stop at nothing to get it, even if it means selling the circus animals to a zoo!

If you like talking mice, an elephant who writes
letters, a lion who loves pizza, and (drum roll, please) the Famous Flying Banana Brothers, you won’t want to miss this book!

“Entertaining . . . Most readers will agree the book is ‘smafunderful (smart + fun + wonderful)’.”    –Kirkus

“Beginning chapter-book readers will thoroughly enjoy this fun and fast-paced title, which has lessons in kindness along the way.” –School Library Journal

Want to join Sir Sidney’s Circus? You can right here!

Book two in the Three-Ring Rascals series
Publisher: Algonquin Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 6, 2014

Everyone knows Sir Sidney’s Circus is the best in the world. But who’s the star of the show? The Circus Times is having a contest to find out. Just thinking about it gives Sir Sidney a worrywart, and it’s quickly clear why. Soon after he leaves for a rest, the performers start thinking too much about winning the trophy and not enough about putting on a good show. 
     Meanwhile, ringmaster-in-training Barnabas Brambles needs some help being a good boss. Bert and Gert, those sly brother-and-sister circus mice, set out to write a book to teach him. Does their plan work? Can Barnabas Brambles be nice? Can Sir Sidney’s worrywart be cured? And who is the star of the circus? All will be revealed in The Greatest Star on Earth.

“A surefire hit”   -Kirkus

Book three in the Three-Ring Rascals series
Publisher: Algonquin Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 9, 2014

For many years, Sir Sidney’s Circus has traveled by train. But one day a letter arrives from Miss Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena LaPasta, inviting the circus to travel aboard the SS Spaghetti. Who can resist? The Spaghetti is a floating palace of elegance and entertainment. There’s only one problem: Miss LaPasta doesn’t want Barnabas Brambles to come aboard because she’s heard he’s the meanest man alive. Lucky for Barnabas Brambles, his boss is Sir Sidney, the nicest man alive. Sir Sidney insists the entire circus, including Barnabas Brambles, accept the invitation. But Leo doesn’t like water. Elsa’s never been swimming. The Famous Flying Banana Brothers have no idea where they’ll put their trapeze. And, oh dear, what’s that large object up ahead in the water? 

Book four in the Three-Ring Rascals series
Publisher: Algonquin Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 5, 2015

Oh no. Bert the mouse is missing! The members of Sir Sidney’s Circus look everywhere. Little do they know that Bert has been carried away by a helium balloon. Meanwhile, on a ship at sea, Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena LaPasta is tired of being ignored. Her parents have no time for her as they prepare for a new baby, so Flora comes up with a plan to mail herself to her friends at the circus. A popped balloon and a mixed-up shipment bring Bert and Flora together. In the very worst of times, a best friendship is born. But how long can a circus mouse and a runaway girl survive in a world full of bad drivers, angry mobs, and greedy robbers? The pals must use their wits to stay out of trouble and try to find their way home in Pop Goes the Circus!

Book five in the Three-Ring Rascals Series
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Release date: May 17, 2016

Everyone has a secret. But sometimes a little secret can become a big problem. That’s what happens when Gert’s secret pen pal, a pig named Pablo, runs away to join Sir Sidney’s Circus. Pablo doesn’t want to be sold to Prinkle’s Pork Chops. Farmer Farley doesn’t really want to sell Pablo, either, but he needs money to save his farm.

When the New York Times announces a pig race with a five-thousand dollar prize, the members of Sir Sidney’s Circus hope they’ve found a way to save Pablo and Farmer Farley’s farm, too.

The race is on in Secrets of the Circus!


“A fun pick for fans of silly stories and for reluctant readers, too.” —*School Library Journal

“The story zips along, the text and illustrations are full of playful surprises, and the author sustains a tone of rare and genuine sweetness . . . Rich and inventive.” —†Chicago Tribune

“Entertaining . . . Illustrations, complete with speech bubbles, are seamlessly interwoven with the text to capture the action and misadventures. There’s even a rousing song . . . Absurd situations, winning characters and plenty of heartfelt moments and laughs combine to make this a surefire hit.” — ‡Kirkus Reviews 

“Coined words, speech bubbles, newspaper articles, and other amusing features continue the big-top merriment.”  Booklist

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