The Circle Breakers

Patience Agbabi author


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:19th Jan '23


Available for immediate dispatch.

The Circle Breakers cover


Fourteen-year-old Elle and her friends are going to a not-to-be-missed funfair. But a ride on the Ghost Train takes them further than they ever imagined. They end up in 1880, face-to-face with criminal mastermind, The Grandfather!

To Elle's surprise, he needs her help. Someone has threatened to reveal The Gift to the media. If that happens, everyone will know that Leaplings can leap through time; no Leapling will be safe. Meanwhile, Millennia's power at the head of The Vicious Circle grows.

Will Elle work for a villain to save her secret community? Can she and The Infinites crush The Vicious Circle for good?

Praise for The Time-Thief: An ingenious, exhilarating adventure -- SOPHIE ANDERSON, author of THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS
An adventure so thrilling it makes time fly! -- BEN MILLER, author of THE BOY WHO MADE THE WORLD DISAPPEAR
A time-travel mystery that manages to incorporate criminal masterminds, neurodivergence, racial inequalities, intertemporal friendships and Samuel Johnson - all narrated in Elle's exuberant and energetic voice. Even better than The Infinite! Loved it! -- FLEUR HITCHCOCK, author of THE BOY WHO FLEW
In The Time-Thief, Agbabi has written a second instalment to the Leap Cycleseries that even exceeds the first. Elle is a delightful character to follow: not just a well-rounded heroine with a unique set of beautiful insights, but also an important example of meaningful representation in a literary arena where Black autistic girls are rarely represented. In reading The Time-Thief you also get a clear sense of how much Agbabi loves creative wordplay, as she tells a gripping time-travel story that keeps you guessing, while clearly having fun with the English language along the way! A creative, imaginative novel with a fascinating lead character -- CHRIS BONNELLO, author of UNDERDOGS
Thrilling . . . Starring a brilliant young heroine, this original and inventive adventure story will keep you gripped from beginning to end * * The Week Junior * *
The main characters in Patience Agbabi's The Time-Thief [are] as literate as they are skilled on the athletics field. They are also neurodivergent, not least narrator Elle, whose autism is depicted accurately and sympathetically . . . just as clever and enjoyable as its forerunner * * Financial Times * *
A must-read . . . Filled with thrilling twists and turns, and with a relatable main character, this a spellbinding mystery that will keep readers gripped to the final page * * Scotsman * *
What a delight to be back in the company of Elle and her Infinite friends. The Time-Thief is chock-full of wicked wordplay and time-travelling conundrums, but also a breathlessly paced thriller. Time disappears while reading this book, so Agbabi actually proves that time travel is real -- STEVE TASANE, author of CHILD I
The Time-Thief pulses to its own thrillingly original beat. An exhilarating, intelligent and twisty time-travelling mystery -- SINÉAD O’HART, author of THE EYE OF THE NORTH
The Time-Thief is a gripping and thought-provoking zigzag across time and across London for children from all ages! -- S.I. MARTIN, author of INCOMPARABLE WORLD

  • Short-listed for The Adrien Prize (UK).

ISBN: 9781838855796

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 13mm

Weight: 144g

208 pages