Author(s): Mary Finn
This is a cross between The Boy in Striped Pyjamas and The Diary of Anne Frank. No Stars at the Circus is the beautifully told story of 10-year-old Jonas Albers, as written in his notebooks. Jonas lives in hiding in the Professor's house during the six months following the round-up of Jews in Paris on 16 July 1942. Jonas spends his days reading about his favourite subjects - among which are sharks, salmon and albatrosses. He also writes about his present life in the attic, as well as the past, in which the circumstances of his rescue are revealed. He writes about his friends at the circus and the family he greatly misses. Unaware of the atrocities happening around him and throughout Europe, Jonas hears that his parents have gone off "to work" and is worried about his little sister, Nadia, who is deaf - so worried that one day he steps outside in the hope of finding out where she is. This is a brilliant, sensitively written WWII story. It is a fictional story but based on historical events. This is the third book by Eilis Dillon an award-winning author.
Mary Finn is Irish and lives in Dublin. She used to be a journalist but is now a parliamentary reporter - a very different job - in the Oireachtas, or Irish houses of parliament. Her previous books for Walker are Anila's Journey (9781406306590), which won the Eilis Dillon Award, and The Horse Girl (9781406329100).