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Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus

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Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus by James Otis is a delightful story that follows a young boy named Toby as he embarks on an adventure with a traveling circus. The author expertly weaves together themes of friendship, family, and the longing for independence as Toby navigates the ups and downs of circus life.

The characters in the book are well-developed and endearing, from the kind-hearted clown to the grumpy circus manager. The relationships Toby forms throughout his time with the circus are heartwarming and genuine.

The pacing of the story is perfect, with plenty of exciting moments and heartwarming scenes that will keep readers engaged from start to finish. Additionally, the descriptions of circus life are vivid and immersive, allowing readers to feel like they are right there alongside Toby as he explores this lively and colorful world.

Overall, Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus is a classic coming-of-age tale that is sure to captivate readers of all ages. With its timeless themes and charming characters, this book is a must-read for anyone looking for a heartwarming and entertaining story.

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Toby Tyler tells the story of a ten year-old orphan who runs away from a foster home to join the traveling circus only to discover his new employer is a cruel taskmaster. The difference between the romance of the circus from the outside and the reality as seen from the inside is graphically depicted. Toby's friend, Mr. Stubbs the chimpanzee, reinforces the consequences of what happens when one follows one's natural instincts rather than one's intellect and conscience, a central theme of the novel.


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - June 10, 2016
Subject: Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a circus
The story is OK, somewhat simplistic but enjoyable enough. The narrators or their audio recordings for some chapters detract from the pleasure of the story as a whole.


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