Rudy’s eyes sparkled. He watched intently following the artists’ moves. Right up to the moment when Alfredo Codona, the star flyer, threw a triple somersault to his brother, Lalo. Then Rudy went wild with the rest of the crowd. Codona was the greatest! Flying had to be the most fantastic feeling in the world. Flying like a bird; nothing but air all around you. The applause after you threw an impossible trick. Someday, Rudy thought, he’d be up there. A flyer like Codona.
Rudy longs to be an aerialist, But Shorty wants him to follow in his own clown footsteps. When Rudy learns the truth behind his objections, he has hard choices to make. Will he follow his father’s path, or will he risk his anger and its repercussions to make his dream a reality?
Fans of the award-winning novels, Tasso of Tarpon Springs and Panther Girl welcome High Above the Hippodrome, a captivating behind-the-scenes story of circus life on the road with The Ringling and Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1927. Rich with circus lore the tale draws readers into the excitement and thrills of the Big Top.