We’re thrilled to announce that the fantastic debut, SHOW STOPPER by Hayley Barker has been acquired by Scholastic in a two-book deal with the first to be published in June.


Show Stopper is a story of death-defying acrobatics, cruel games and forbidden teenage love set in a deadly circus. In the story, our country has turned its back on inclusion: the descendants of immigrants have been denied status and security and must sell their children to a travelling circus – to perform at the mercy of ravenous lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class – the Pures – visit the circus to escape their structured, safe, high-achieving lives – to experience entertainment with a brutal, bloodthirsty edge.


Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, attends on opening night and falls under the spell of Hoshiko, a tightrope walker and the star attraction. But as he steps beyond the sparkle and spectacle of the circus, to reveal the horrors that lurk beneath, can he find the courage to resist, to rebel, to help end the cruelty and the carnage?


We’re so excited for Hayley, who said; “I am so thrilled that Show Stopper is to be published by such a world renowned house as Scholastic – something which has always felt like an unattainable goal is suddenly really about to happen to me.”


Her editor, Lauren Fortune said: “Show Stopper is by turns dazzling and dark, heartbreaking and heart-racing. It gripped me from the first page – the story is a thrilling tightrope walk between adventure and romance, with astonishing action set-pieces in the circus and danger at every turn. Hayley is a writer to watch and we’re very excited to be publishing her.”