Coming May 2017
Sebastian Konstantinov has grown up in a travelling circus, surrounded by talented performers. Seb, however, has no circus skills at all. He can’t even turn a somersault. But he does know this: the old-fashioned circus his father founded is out of date and running low on money. If someone doesn’t figure out how to save it, the Konstantinovs will be in real trouble.
Seb thinks he may have the answer, and it involves attending the highly selective Bonaventure Circus School in Montreal, Canada. Seb secretly writes to the school’s Directrice (conveniently leaving out the part about his lack of circus skills), and to his surprise, he gets accepted right away. Now all he has to do is keep his lack of talent a secret. Fortunately, he isn’t the only misfit at Bonaventure; Seb quickly befriends two other students—Frankie de Luca and Banjo Brady—who don’t quite fit in.
It turns out that Seb is not the only one with secrets. The school is literally crumbling beneath the students’ feet, and the Directrice is counting on Seb’s “talent” to save it. But Seb has his own problems to solve. Can he and his friends stay out of trouble long enough to find a way to save Seb’s family circus back home—as well as the Bonaventure Circus School?
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Download the free teachers guide for The Metro Dogs of Moscow. It’s full of fun activities and details Rachelle’s research in Moscow.
The Circus Dogs of Prague is a finalist for the 2017 Young Readers Choice Award!
Rachelle Delaney is the author of several middle grade novels, including The Metro Dogs of Moscow, which is a finalist for the 2014 Silver Birch Award, the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, the Red Cedar Book Award, and the Rocky Mountain Book Award, among others. Its sequel, The Circus Dogs of Prague, was released in Spring 2014. In 2010, she was named the top under-30 author in Canada.
When not writing novels, Rachelle can often be found running, cycling, and planning adventures. Her travels have taken her tree-climbing in Costa Rica, searching for pygmy elephants in Borneo, horse-riding with gauchos in Chile, and tracking down stray dogs in Russia, among other exploits. She will go on at length about any of these if you let her.
I have recommended Rachelle Delaney to my teacher librarian colleagues and would love to have her back to present in our schools again! Rachelle Delaney is a gifted storyteller and presenter.
– Doni Gratton
Chartwell and Hollyburn Elementary Schools
From the very first time Rachelle lead a workshop for us back in 2012, she made a big impact on the kids. During this muggy summer workshop, her passion for the written word captivated the kids’ attention as she told them about her books and writing process. Her thoughtful responses to their questions made them feel heard and respected.
– Sarah Maitland
JR and his embassy dog friends—Robert, Pie, and Beatrix—are on their way to Prague! Having solved the mystery of the missing strays in Moscow, JR is ready for a vacation with his human, George, and George’s girlfriend Nadya. And where better to distract themselves than in Prague, taking in the sights and meeting Nadya’s brother, a talented circus performer.
But something is amiss at the circus—the animals are unhappy. The boxing kangaroo doesn’t want to box, the dancing chimpanzee doesn’t want to dance. Not only that, but a fancy new circus is coming to town, threatening to put everyone out of a job. It’s up to JR and his canine friends to save the show, with the help of some unlikely accomplices.
Finalist for the 2017 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award and the 2015 Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children
JR (short for Jack Russell) is an embassy dog. His human, George, is a diplomat who has to travel for work. A lot. Now George is working at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow. And while he fancies himself an adventurous globetrotter, he doesn’t see why JR needs any more excitement than hanging out at the park with the other embassy dogs.
JR, however, has had quite enough of leashes and perfectly manicured parks—not to mention the boring embassy dogs. He decides to explore Moscow himself, and soon meets some wily Russian strays. JR is convinced that this is the life he’s been looking for. Amazing city smells! Mouthwatering stuffed potatoes! And best of all, the freedom to travel on the Moscow metro!
Meanwhile, George has found himself a new girlfriend: the ravishingly beautiful Katerina, who JR suspects is too good to be true. And if that weren’t trouble enough, JR’s new friends are starting to mysteriously disappear.
When an embassy dog goes missing as well, JR knows he must use everything he’s learned about his new home to solve the mystery of Moscow’s missing dogs.
Named a 2014 Canadian Library Association Honour Book Winner of the 2015 BC Chocolate Lily Award Finalist for the 2014 CCBC John Spray Mystery Award, the Ontario Library Association
Silver Birch Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children
The three-book Lost Souls series begins with The Ship of Lost Souls, a rollicking adventure about a ship of pirate children captained by the feisty 12-year- old Scarlet McCray. When Scarlet’s crew, the Lost Souls, rescue 11-year- old Jem Fitzgerald from the pirates holding him captive, they discover that he holds the treasure map all the pirates and King’s Men in the tropics are searching for. Soon they find themselves in a race they can’t afford to lose.
The Lost Souls’ adventures continue in The Lost Souls of Island X and The Hunt for the Panther.
The Ship of Lost Souls won the Canadian Author’s Association’s Emerging Writer Award. It was a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Award, a BC Book Prize.