Plough Publishing House
On Sale: June 1, 2018
Featuring: Joe Lang; Mo; Pop Dawson
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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Young Adult Adventure | Young Adult Historical
An outsider becomes a hero and a boy becomes a man in
this classic coming-of-age tale from the heyday of the
three-ring circus, by three-time Newbery Honor Book author
Eloise Jarvis McGraw.
The circus is all young
Joe Lang knows. The third generation of a circus family,
he becomes a star bareback rider by the time he turns
fifteen. But when his father, a lion-tamer, is killed by one
of his cats, Joe becomes an orphan and is sent away to a
vocational school while the law decides whether or not Mo
Shapely, an old clown, is a fit guardian for him. Meanwhile,
the circus moves on. Joe escapes from the school and
stumbles into the farm life of the Dawson family, who take
Mistrustful at first, Joe grows to
love farming and his foster family. Faced with prejudice as
an outsider in a closely-knit rural community, he closely
guards the secret of his pastâ€”until the day his
extraordinary acrobatic talent is called for to save a life.
Joe earns respect, but there is still circus is in his
blood, sawdust in his shoes. Will he ever be happy away from
his former life with the greatest show on
The debut novel of three-time Newbery
winner Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Sawdust in His Shoes
is reminiscent of Ralph Moodyâ€™s Little Britches and Man
of the Family, Roahl Dahlâ€™s Danny the Champion of the
World, Sid Fleischmanâ€™s The Whipping Boy, and
Walt Moreyâ€™s Run Far, Run Fast. Rediscover another
great read-aloud treasure from the golden age of the
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