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Toby Tyler Or, Ten Weeks with a Circus   By: (1848-1912)

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Toby Tyler Or, Ten Weeks with a Circus by James Otis is a delightful coming-of-age story that takes readers on a captivating journey into the world of a young boy who finds himself caught between the joys of freedom and the responsibilities of adulthood.

Set in the late 1800s, the story follows Toby Tyler, a spirited and curious 10-year-old orphan who longs for excitement and adventure. Tired of the monotony of his daily life, Toby seizes the opportunity to join a traveling circus when it comes to town. Little does he know that this decision will change his life forever.

The author beautifully captures Toby's innocence and wide-eyed wonder as he navigates the challenges and triumphs of circus life. From his initial moments of awe at the circus tent and the splendid array of performers, to his determination to impress Mr. Stubbs, the eccentric circus owner, Toby's journey unfolds with a sense of authenticity and heart.

Throughout the book, Otis skillfully weaves in themes of friendship and loyalty, as Toby forms deep bonds with various circus characters. From the wise and compassionate clown, Ben Brown, to the endearing chimpanzee, Mr. Stubbs, each character plays a vital role in Toby's growth and self-discovery. The interactions between Toby and these characters are filled with warmth, humor, and valuable life lessons that will surely resonate with readers of all ages.

What makes Toby Tyler particularly captivating is Otis' ability to provide vivid descriptions of the circus events and the vibrant atmosphere surrounding them. Whether it's the thrilling acrobatic performances or the heart-pounding circus parade, the author paints a vivid picture that allows readers to feel as if they are right beside Toby, experiencing the magic firsthand.

At its core, Toby Tyler Or, Ten Weeks with a Circus is a story about the importance of embracing one's true identity and finding one's place in the world. As Toby endures challenges, faces his fears, and learns valuable lessons about responsibility and perseverance, readers are reminded of the power of resilience and the beauty of personal growth.

In conclusion, Toby Tyler Or, Ten Weeks with a Circus is a charming and timeless tale that will capture the hearts of readers young and old. James Otis' masterful storytelling, rich characters, and immersive setting combine to create an enchanting tale of self-discovery and the unbreakable bonds of friendship. So join Toby under the big top and let his journey unfold before your eyes - you won't be disappointed.

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By James Otis


"Wouldn't you give more 'n six peanuts for a cent?" was a question asked by a very small boy, with big, staring eyes, of a candy vender at a circus booth. And as he spoke he looked wistfully at the quantity of nuts piled high up on the basket, and then at the six, each of which now looked so small as he held them in his hand.

"Couldn't do it," was the reply of the proprietor of the booth, as he put the boy's penny carefully away in the drawer.

The little fellow looked for another moment at his purchase, and then carefully cracked the largest one.

A shade and a very deep shade it was of disappointment passed over his face, and then, looking up anxiously, he asked, "Don't you swap 'em when they're bad?"

The man's face looked as if a smile had been a stranger to it for a long time; but one did pay it a visit just then, and he tossed the boy two nuts, and asked him a question at the same time. "What is your name?"

The big brown eyes looked up for an instant, as if to learn whether the question was asked in good faith, and then their owner said, as he carefully picked apart another nut, "Toby Tyler."

"Well, that's a queer name."

"Yes, I s'pose so, myself; but, you see, I don't expect that's the name that belongs to me... Continue reading book >>

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