Ned Waddlesworth has always considered his world to be exceptionally ordinary. 

Until the day he discovers it ISN’T. AT ALL.

Because on Ned’s 13th birthday he discovers that everything magical he’s ever read about or imagined is REAL. And without him, the world will soon be engulfed in monstrous beasts and beings.

With the help of a robot mouse, a girl witch and a flying circus unlike any other, it’s up to Ned to save the day!

This amazing series is an action-packed page-turner, filled with explosions, chases and death-defying escapes! And its unforgettable cast of characters – including a gentlemanly ape, an octogenarian who can read your future by slapping your face and a man who can turn into mist – make the books unputdownable reads. Magic!


Super circus facts

Circus’ means ‘circle’ in Latin. It describes the way the audience sits in a circle around the action.

Ned's Circus of Marvels The Gold Thief book

Scared of clowns? Your fear is called coulrophobia!

Ned's Circus of Marvels The Gold Thief book
Early circuses were mainly demonstrations of horse-riding tricks, with clowns and acrobats used to fill the gaps between the horse shows.


Rave reviews!Ned's Circus of Marvels The Gold Thief book

Check out the awesome feedback these fab books are getting…

‘It made me laugh, cry, worry and get VERY impatient! I could read this book any day, any year… One of the best books that I have read in my life!’

Phoenix, age 8,


‘I absolutely love it, and couldn’t recommend it highly enough – it is perfectly set-up for a follow on, and if there is it will be a race in this family to who gets to read it first.’

Jonathan Sparks, Goodreads.


‘Adventures don’t come more action-packed than Ned’s Circus of Marvels and anyone who enjoys Harry Potter will find that it hits the spot.’

Andrea Reece, Director of the children’s and young people’s programme of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.


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Ned's Circus of Marvels The Gold Thief book

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