Circus Quest Series

Roll up Roll up...
Join the Circus Quest to save the traveling circus... 
Kestrel and Skye are on a circus tour filled with codes, villains and danger.

All books available in ebook and print online. (see below)


The Circus Quest Series follows a traveling circus on tour, 
as they hunt down and solve clues to become Circus Challenge Champions. 
With codes, circus stunts and slapstick humour these books are sure to delight
 beginning independent readers. 

Here Comes Book Three! 
Performing Poodles
Kestrel is out performed by a poodle?
The clues are getting harder.
When Pepper the performing poodle is dognapped, Kestrel races to the rescue.
Is he out of luck as well as out of time?


To Buy Performing Poodles


Book One: The Playbill
A strange letter and code propels the circus into a tour they will never forget.
The mysterious Puzzle Master has invited Circus Charles to
once again compete to find the best circus in the world.
But not everyone wants them to win. Win they be stopped like last time? 



To Buy The Playbill 



Book Two: Magician's Moustache
Skye discovers that hanging upside down isn't always magic.
With a guide rope on the Big Top snapped, the first show of the new tour is off to a bad start. 
The next clue is hidden in a clock. Unfortunately the town of Papenton is filled with clocks. 


To Buy Magician's Moustache
Kobo Ebook $1.99
Apple Ebook $1.99



What reviewers are saying...

Monsieur Charles’ Circus Quest, #1 The Playbill, #2 Magician’s Moustache, by Maureen Crisp, illustrated by Irina Burtseva

The first two books in Maureen Crisp’s Monsieur Charles’ Circus Quest will delight puzzle-loving 7-9-year-olds. Skye and Kestrel, two friends in a travelling circus community, are charged with solving a puzzle challenge that will determine the future of the circus and its performers, and solve a mystery about Kestrel’s missing mother along the way.

Crisp’s writing is full of show, not tell; great for making children think a little deeper about the book. Readers do need to be paying attention, as the solutions to each puzzle will not be handed to them on a platter, they’ll have to work at it a bit. There’s lots of detail about circus life and performances to intrigue readers, and some interesting character name choices (for example, the sons of the Falcon family are Peregrine and Kestrel). 

Crisp’s writing is full of show, not tell; great for making children think a little deeper 
about the book.

The illustrations and overall book design are well done and will engage younger or less-confident readers who are not ready to transition to straight-text chapter books. At 78 pages each they won’t overwhelm a reader with their length, which is really important as children develop their confidence. These would be great to slip into a Christmas stocking next month.



A new, fun series set in the lives of circus performers. Young readers will discover what 
goes on behind the scenes of all the acts. There are routines to be learnt, tricks to perfect, 
hard work to be done preparing the equipment and safety gear, 
not to mention the packing, erection and unpacking of the Big Top itself.
But there are devious people among them. Kes and Skye could be in real danger as they try to work out who is causing the circus’ troubles. 

Intriguing and exciting, drawing the reader from chapter to chapter; this will be a popular series for emerging readers.

Adele Broadbent- What Book Next 

This is the first of 10 books from the Circus Quest series for junior and newly confident readers. Each novel has a clue to solve which leads to the next one.
Easy to read with big font, short chapters and only about 80 pages per book. 

A great way to get  youngsters into reading.
Another good thing about the series is that the characters are drawn at the front by 
illustrator Irina Burtseva who captures the characters, the circus 
and the action very well in black and white pen drawings.
A series to keep an eye on.

Bob Docherty from Bobs Book Blog

If you are in New Zealand you can order them in print from The Children's Bookshop in Kilbirnie

or order them from the publisher Marmac Media