The palace of laughter /

by Berkeley, Jon; Dorman, Brandon [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: The Julie Andrews collection. Berkeley, Jon. Wednesday tales: no. 1.Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: 427 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0060755075 :; 9780060755072; 0060755083 (lib. bdg.); 9780060755089 (lib. bdg.).Title notes: $16.99 4-2007 (db)Subject(s): Adventure and adventurers -- Juvenile fiction | Circus -- Juvenile fiction | Angels -- Juvenile fiction | Orphans -- Juvenile fiction | Tigers -- Juvenile fiction | Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction | Circus -- Fiction | Angels -- Fiction | Orphans -- Fiction | Tigers -- Fiction | Chapter booksOnline resources: Table of contents only
Contents:
Boy in a barrel -- Bag of bones -- Tiny acrobat -- Null -- Black hole -- Lady partridge -- Falling through thunder -- Silver ticket -- Council of cats -- Surly hen -- Tangerine -- Sunflower and stormcloud -- Varippuli -- Baltinglass of Araby -- Apple jelly -- Big laughing head -- Halfheads -- Boneyard -- Pigball -- Nest of ants -- Mouthful of nails -- Back to front and inside out -- Top hat and sandbag -- Silverpoint -- Box of stars -- Electric boy -- Providence -- Chief Genghis -- Fish to fry -- Many a slip -- Tin can't -- String -- Little -- Larde Weekly Herald.
Summary: Orphaned eleven-year-old Miles Wednesday and his companion, a Song Angel named Little, are helped by a talking tiger as they set off to find a missing Storm Angel and Miles's beloved stuffed bear, ending up in a peculiar circus where the audience cannot stop laughing.
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Miles Wednesday, orphaned, unwashed and living in a barrel, has never been to a circus before-but then the Circus Oscuro is no ordinary circus. There's a strange beast called The Null and an array of sinister-looking clowns, and when an unusual little girl with wings falls from a tower during the performance, Miles's life is changed forever. As Miles and Little embark on an extraordinary journey to rescue two friends who have been captured at the Palace of Laughter, they discover nothing less than the power of friendship and the gift of family. Book jacket.

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Orphaned eleven-year-old Miles Wednesday and his companion, a Song Angel named Little, are helped by a talking tiger as they set off to find a missing Storm Angel and Miles's beloved stuffed bear, ending up in a peculiar circus where the audience cannot stop laughing.

Boy in a barrel -- Bag of bones -- Tiny acrobat -- Null -- Black hole -- Lady partridge -- Falling through thunder -- Silver ticket -- Council of cats -- Surly hen -- Tangerine -- Sunflower and stormcloud -- Varippuli -- Baltinglass of Araby -- Apple jelly -- Big laughing head -- Halfheads -- Boneyard -- Pigball -- Nest of ants -- Mouthful of nails -- Back to front and inside out -- Top hat and sandbag -- Silverpoint -- Box of stars -- Electric boy -- Providence -- Chief Genghis -- Fish to fry -- Many a slip -- Tin can't -- String -- Little -- Larde Weekly Herald.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 A Boy in a Barrel (p. 1)
  • 2 A Bag of Bones (p. 11)
  • 3 The Tiny Acrobat (p. 20)
  • 4 The Null (p. 30)
  • 5 A Black Hole (p. 41)
  • 6 Lady Partridge (p. 60)
  • 7 Falling Through Thunder (p. 75)
  • 8 The Silver Ticket (p. 90)
  • 9 The Council of Cats (p. 97)
  • 10 The Surly Hen (p. 107)
  • 11 Tangerine (p. 124)
  • 12 Sunflower and Stormcloud (p. 132)
  • 13 Varippuli (p. 145)
  • 14 Baltinglass of Araby (p. 158)
  • 15 Apple Jelly (p. 168)
  • 16 Big Laughing Head (p. 181)
  • 17 Halfheads (p. 188)
  • 18 Boneyard (p. 202)
  • 19 Pigball (p. 218)
  • 20 A Nest of Ants (p. 227)
  • 21 A Mouthful of Nails (p. 251)
  • 22 Back to Front and Inside Out (p. 264)
  • 23 Top Hat and Sandbag (p. 274)
  • 24 Silverpoint (p. 283)
  • 25 A Box of Stars (p. 294)
  • 26 The Electric Boy (p. 304)
  • 27 Providence (p. 314)
  • 28 Chief Genghis (p. 331)
  • 29 Fish to Fry (p. 344)
  • 30 Many a Slip (p. 357)
  • 31 Tin Can't (p. 373)
  • 32 String (p. 388)
  • 33 Little (p. 395)
  • 34 The Larde Weekly Herald (p. 416)

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">The Palace of Laughter The Wednesday Tales No. 1 Chapter One A Boy in a Barrel On a blustery October night the Circus Oscuro came to town. It was clear from the start that this was no ordinary circus. It did not roll into town with fanfares and cartwheeling clowns. No one handed out flyers or announced the show through squawking loudspeakers. Instead, the circus came in the dead of night, when all the townspeople were asleep. Its wagons crept and rumbled down the winding road and across the old stone bridge while the town's fat mayor, who normally had to give his permission before anyone could set up as much as a fruit stall, was snoring in his bed. The circus wagons turned in to the long field at the bottom of the hill that overlooked the town of Larde, and creaked to a halt in neat rows with barely a sound. From the wagons and trucks a strange crew emerged into the moonlight&#8212great muscled men with sun-darkened faces, a tattooed giantess with a booming voice who could lift three of the men at once, small wiry boys dragging coils of rope and buckets of sawdust. They began to set up their enormous tent there and then by the light of flickering lanterns, with the wind whipping at the stripy canvas and cracking the ropes across the men's hairy arms. Their shouts and curses were snatched from their throats by the wind and flung up over the hill. Two elephants were led from one of the wagons and set to work, lifting wooden poles into place and pushing them upright with their stubbly foreheads. Acrobats ran up the swaying poles like monkeys, fixing ropes and leaping from point to point as though they were only inches from the ground, gripping lanterns in their strong teeth. A thin man on stilts 20 feet high checked blocks and pulleys and shouted orders to the men below. Slowly the huge tent rose from the grassy field like a great beast awakening, and still the townspeople slept, and the fat mayor's snores ruffled his walrus mustache and rumbled through his wife's dreams. There was just one witness to the arrival of the circus. A small boy, huddled in a large wooden barrel high on the side of the hill, watched the raising of the big top, awakened from his sleep by the shouts of the circus people and the occasional trumpeting of the elephants. The boy's name was Miles, and the barrel was his home. Now if you are picturing a shivering boy standing knee-deep in slimy rainwater in an upright barrel, you will need to turn that picture sideways and let the water run out for a start. This barrel lay on its side under a low-spreading pine tree, which provided shelter from the wind and the rain. It was an enormous barrel that had once held a fine vintage wine, and Miles could almost stand upright in it, although he was nearly eleven. It was dry and warm inside. In the barrel was an old mattress that had been thrown out by Piven, the baker, and which still gave out a cloud of fine flour when you sat on it. A candle stub in a fat bottle served as a lamp, and an old biscuit tin with the paint worn off as a larder. Miles had lived in his barrel on the side of the hill since escaping (for the seventh time) from Pinchbucket House, the county orphanage. He shared his wooden home with a small stuffed bear named Tangerine, no larger than a tall man's hand. When Tangerine wasn't out and about with his owner, he lived in a deep pocket of the old overcoat that Miles used as a blanket. Some of Tangerine's stuffing had escaped, which made him a little floppy. His fur, which had once been the color of a tangerine, was now a kind of orangey gray. His mouth wore a crooked smile, and although he never said a word, he was a good listener. Under a silver moon Miles, curled up in the mouth of his barrel, watched as the circus tent grew fatter and taller and the thick ropes that anchored it grew tauter. The hypnotic ringing of sledgehammers on iron pegs and the snatches of strange music that floated from the trailers made his eyes heavy and his head nod with sleep. He pulled the old overcoat tighter around him, and closed his eyes for a moment. When he opened them again he did not know how much time had passed, but everything seemed strangely still. Not an owl's hoot or mouse's rustle broke the silence, and the pine tree stood silently, undisturbed by the faintest breeze. Miles rubbed his eyes and looked out to see if work on the circus tent had ceased, but his eye was caught by something that had not been there before. A large shape crouched in the grass not twenty paces from where he sat in the mouth of his barrel. A shape with a huge head, enormous paws and a long striped tail. It was a fully grown Bengal tiger, stretched out motionless except for the tip of his tail, which twitched from side to side in the silvery grass. The tiger was so close Miles could almost count his whiskers. His inky stripes seemed to shift and breathe as the thin clouds swept across the moon. Miles held his breath. It was no use crying out; no one would hear him. He had never been face to face with a tiger before, but he was pretty sure that to the magnificent striped beast who sat a stone's throw from his barrel, he must look like a sandwich whose bread had fallen off. The tiger yawned, his teeth like yellow knives in the red cave of his mouth, and gave a loud but oddly human sigh that made his whiskers shiver. His massive head turned and he stared directly at Miles with . . . The Palace of Laughter The Wednesday Tales No. 1 . Copyright © by Jon Berkeley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from The Palace of Laughter by Jon Berkeley All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

Miles Wednesday is living in a barrel (having run away from the orphanage) when he rescues an angel from a circus. This leads Miles on a quest to find another angel and his stolen teddy bear. While the writing is overblown (""Miles Wednesday, wind-swayed, bread and cheese in hand...""), the story is inventive and moves along at a fast clip. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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