Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, two almost 14 year olds in small town Illinois of the 1920's become intrigued by Cooger and Dark's carnival and its October arrival. They come to the attention and chase of the sinister Mr. Dark, who is giving people their most secret wishes. Finally, it is up to Will's aging and reticient father to brave the dark carnival and rescue the boys from Mr. Dark and his troupe of grotesques.
This report prepared by Travis Barrett
One of the great works of 20th century fantasy. Unlike Bradbury's other "story collection novels" (e.g., _The Martian Chronicles_, _Dandelion Wine_, even _Green Shadows, White Whale_), this is truly a novel: whole, organic, and complete. There are two protagonists, 13-year-old best friends, who must unravel the mystery of the Dark Carnival that comes to their Midwestern town and seems to suck up the bodies and souls of their neighbors.
This report prepared by David Loftus
A traveling circus offers a city the power to return to or advance to whatever age they choose, claiming a major price. A young boy fights to keep the city and his friend from paying that price.
This report prepared by Wendy Edwards