–“Long ago” and “far away” were comprehensively nailed by Robin Scott-Elliot in The Acrobats of Agra (Everything With Words). Circus performers are a reliably unruly device in children’s fiction, and here apprentice acrobat Bea, her teacher, his tiger and their new friend Ping performed myriad leaps of faith to outfox a siege as the empire began to slip. Observer Best Children’s Books of 2020
—A magical tale based on the true story of a lost French circus during the Indian rebellion. A breath-taking adventure. School Zone, Librarian’s book choice 5/5 star.
–You might expect it from a story about circus performers, but the Arcrobats of Agra really does convey the tension, terror and thrill of the high wire, from its first line to the last. Roaring Reads
—Set against the backdrop of the 1857 Indian Rebellion, three children begin a dangerous journey across the war-torn country in a magic-realist adventure of tigers, circus skills and Hindu gods. Bookseller previews October 2020
—We love the way Scott-Elliot spirits magical fiction from historical fact. This marvellous wee book is nothing short of triumph!’ Sunday Post
—All in all, this is up there with a trip to the circus for thrills and breath-taking excitements.’ Lovereading4Kids
—From the author of The Tzar’s Curious Runaways. This is another breath-taking adventure .’ Reading Zone
Listen to Robin talk about his inspiration for The Acrobats of Agra