Cirque Du Freak (Saga of Darren Shan Book 1) by Darren Shan 9-11yrs 8*

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Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It’s the wonderfully gothic Cirque Du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. Darren, a spider freak, ‘falls in love’ with Madam Octa, an enormous tarantala. Mr Crepsley owns her however Darren wants to steal the spider so that he can train it to perform amazing deeds. But his daring theft goes horribly wrong and Darren finds himself having to make a bargain with a creature of the night.

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This is a very easy reading thrilling story. Also it is very well written with a bit of everything for teens and adults.