RANJIT OF THE CIRCUS RING by Anne Freeling
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RANJIT OF THE CIRCUS RING

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Ranjit, an Indian boy, who for the benefit of the authorities is twelve years old, but out of the circus ring, only ten, lives in the arena of the English circus. Son of an animal trainer, he is dedicated to a chimpanzee named Lotus and to the retarded orphan, Josefa. When a vain and cruel thirteen-year-old torments his helpless friends, the devil's adversary, an itinerant Franciscan monk, intervenes, and within the microcosm of the circus tent, fights a battle for salvation. Occasional lapses into British colloquialism occur here, which though appropriate to the context, might be misunderstood and imitated by the young American reader, but as a whole Ranjit of the Circus Ring achieves a scope of content and color which render it a book of more than usual merit.

Pub Date: Aug. 3rd, 1959
Publisher: Roy