Author(s): Margaret Mahy
Once upon a future time, a circus troupe seeks to cross a post-apocalyptic landscape. Garland Maddigan (12), daughter of the late ringmaster, has travelled this way previously - but this time it offers more challenges than expected. When three mysterious children join the Fantasia, they prove a dangerous enigma for Garland, who slowly unlocks their secret. A compelling, big, beautifully written story for 8-14 year-olds (and adults, too) from the Kiwi who has twice taken the Carnegie Medal home.
Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Junior Fiction 2006.