Circus Galacticus


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.

Out now!

Hardcover Published by Harcourt (2011)
ISBN 10: 054758136X
ISBN 13: 978-0-547-58136-1

Paperback Published by Harcourt (2012)
ISBN-10: 0547850875
ISBN-13: 9780547850870

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“An exuberant, adventurous tightrope walk over the stars.”
– Lisa Mantchev, author of Eyes Like Stars

“Readers will enjoy the well-drawn interstellar setting, the thrilling intrigue, and the fantastic Big Top at the heart of it all. Highly, highly recommended!”
– Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of A Curse Dark as Gold

“A determined young heroine sets out on a star-spanning showstopper of an adventure, making a wonderfully diverse set of friends and enemies along the way. Told with wit, verve and ingenuity, offering sly nods to everything from superhero comics to space opera, Circus Galacticus is a delight.”
– R. J. Anderson, author of Ultraviolet

“Fagan’s vibrant and tactile descriptions make for a cinematic read, and certain elements are reminiscent of such fantasy and science-fiction mainstays as Doctor Who, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Harry Potter. A book that reaches for the stars and provides a thrilling ride.”
– Kirkus

“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.”
– Publisher’s 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. Bring the popcorn, and be sure to stick around for the stellar finale.”

“Trix’s engaging voice is strong throughout, and elements of mystery and hints of romance help make this a story with broad appeal.”