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Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights

Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights

In 1896, fourteen-year-old giant Fern Babe Killingsworth joins a travelling carnival where she befriends a dwarf and some animals, with whom she escapes the clutches of a corrupt businessman.

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ISBN 9780062643346
Barcode 9780062643346
Published 22 July 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Platt, Randall
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ISBN-13 9780062643346
ISBN-10 0062643347
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 22 July 2019
International Publication Date 23 July 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Platt, Randall
Category Adventure Stories
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 466g
Interest Age 8-12 years
Reading Age 8-12 years
Library of Congress Size, Human-animal relationships, United States - History - 1865-1898, Freak shows, Dwarfs (Persons)
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 990209

Description of this Book

A gripping historical fiction friendship story that will grab everyone by the heartstrings and never let go. A giant, a dwarf, and three doomed circus animals . . . By her fourteenth birthday, Babe Killingsworth measures 6'9 and weighs 342 pounds. In 1896, what other options does a giant have but to join a carnival? Her only real talent is handling animals: Critters is folks to me. The cheap outfit her feckless father sells her off to offers critters galore; an escape from Neal, Idaho; and a bit of fame. It also opens the doorway to exploitation and neglect. But Babe's love for Euclid (a chimp) and Jupiter (a bear) keeps her anchored, and in Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights, she is among her own kind. Enter Carlotta Jones, billed as the world's smallest girl, whose elephant act leaves much to be desired. At thirty inches tall, Carlotta is beautiful, spoiled, and demanding and has very little talent-Egypt, her elephant, dances better than she does. How can a giant like Babe and a dwarf like Carlotta ever see eye to eye? They don't at first, but soon they understand that a common enemy can bring anyone together-even a giant and a dwarf.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A heart-rending and memorable picture of 19th-century challenges for girls with unusual bodies. -- Kirkus Reviews
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Randall Platt likes to find the story in everything. She tries to wake up every day at four a.m. to write, and on a good day she will write fifteen to twenty-five pages. If she caps it off with a game of handball or a run, it's a perfect day. She is an award-winning author of fiction for both adults and young adults, and her novels have enlightened readers on topics including the 1918 flu pandemic, life on the home front in World War II, life on an Oregon cattle ranch, and the world of baseball in 1898. She keeps a database of historically accurate slang terms, which allows the voices she uses in her writing to feel authentic. Visit her at www.plattbooks.com, where you can read about her favorite books and her tips for boosting creativity.

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