When their snobbish Aunt Rebecca dies, leaving them alone and penniless, Peter and Santa are faced with the dreadful prospect of life in separate orphanages. Desperate, they run away to find their only living relative - Uncle Gus - who works in a circus.
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Threatened with life in separate orphanages when their aunt dies, two children run away to join their unknown uncle who is a circus clown.About the Author:
Noel Streatfeild was born in Sussex in 1895 and was one of three sisters. Although she was considered the plain one she ended up leading the most glamorous and exciting life! After working in munitions factories and canteens for the armed forces when WWI broke out, Noel followed her dream of being on stage and went to RADA where she became a professional actress. She began writing children's books in 1931 and Ballet Shoes was published in 1936. She quickly became one of the most popular authors of her day. When she visited Puffin exhibitions, there were queues right out of the building and all the way down The Mall. She was one of the first winners of the Carnegie Medal and was awarded an OBE in 1983. Noel Streatfeild lived in London. She died in 1986
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Book Description Gregg Press, Boston, 1981. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Richard Floethe (illustrator). Reprint. 5.5 x 8.5 in. (14cm x 21.5cm). xi, 401 pages. Introduction by Mary K. Harmon. Gregg Press Children's Literature Series. Bound in bright red cloth with silver-gilt lettering on spine. Very clean and bright, corners just slightly nudged, almost free of wear. Binding is tight with a slight slant to spine. Usual library appurtenances to endpapers, remainder of book very clean aside from a couple small notations to title page. Dust jacket is clean, shows very little wear, spine is sunned, spine label. Noel Streatfeild won the Carnegie Medal (1938) for this tale of a brother and sister who run away from their reluctant caregivers for fear of being sent to an orphanage and find a home with their Uncle Gus, travelling with a circus. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # C705591