Saturday, January 9 at 11:30AM
Austin Children's Author
speaking & signing
Watch Out for the Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community
Join us this afternoon at the Jewish Community Center (7300 Hart Lane) to celebrate the new book from bestselling Austin children's author Cynthia Levinson. Watch Out for Flying Kids explores the world of youth social circus, a movement that brings kids from different worlds together to perform remarkable acts on a professional level. As the kids relationships evolve over time, the members learn how to overcome assumptions, animosity, and obstacles both physical and personal.
ABOUT WATCH OUT FOR FLYING KIDS!
Can you imagine juggling knives—while balancing on a rolling globe? How about catching someone who is flying toward you after springing off a mini-trampoline? And what about planning these tricks with kids who speak different languages? Welcome to the world of youth social circus—a movement that uses circus arts to promote social change.
A nonfiction book for 10- to 14-year-olds, Watch Out for Flying Kids! follows nine teenage troupers in two circuses. The members of Circus Harmony in St. Louis are inner-city and suburban kids. The Galilee Circus in Israel is composed of Jews and Arabs. When they get together, they confront racism in the Midwest and tribalism in the Middle East, as they learn to overcome assumptions, animosity, and obstacles, that are physical, personal and political. Join them as they cheer each other with a ta da! and a sababa!
ABOUT CYNTHIA LEVINSON
Cynthia Levinson is the author of numerous nonfiction articles and short stories for young people. She also conducts writing workshops and presentations both for children and for adults looking to write for children. Her first full-length book, We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, is a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.