“A frenetic science-fiction/adventure tale . . . A book that reaches for the stars and provides a thrilling ride” from the author of Rival Magic (Kirkus 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.
“An exuberant, adventurous tightrope walk over the stars.”—Lisa Mantchev, author of the Theatre Illuminata Trilogy
“A zippy tale of outcasts and aliens finding their place in the universe . . . 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.”—Publishers Weekly
“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.”—Bulletin
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.