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The Traveling Circus by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel


Charlie’s family is about to embark on another trip off the beaten path. This time they’re heading to Croatia, an incredibly beautiful country that lives in the shadow of war and conflict.
They travel to a country where half the words have no vowels, to villages where the Internet is so slow, you might as well not have it at all. Where goats are a traffic-calming device, red cliffs loomover a blue sea, and luggage porters are a line of women pushing wheelbarrows.
Charlie finds out that this place has a long and troubled history, that wars are complicated, and that feuds can continue to divide neighbors generations later. But he also discovers that you don’t need to speak the same language to communicate. Not when you’re having a party in a field, surrounded by goats and dancing in the glow of car headlights with the radio blaring out Croatian music. 

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