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5 Classic Books Set in Amusement Parks

It is officially summer! Sound all of the alarms! Now that summer is here, there are probably so many things you want to do. If you mention summer, one of the first things that come to mind are fairs and amusement parks. Amirite? If you can’t make it to a park this summer, for whatever reason, don’t fret. Here are five books that are set in parks and carnivals that might make you rethink wanting to go anyway.

 

 

1. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

 

 

 

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When the carnival comes to town, two boys unearth the terrifying and horrible secrets that lurk within Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show and learn the consequences of wishes, as a sinister and evil force is at work in Green Town, Illinois. (Via Amazon)

 

 

2. Joyland by Stephen King

 

 

 

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After realizing his romantic life is not going in the direction he’d hoped, Devin Jones decides to take a summer job at an amusement park. There he makes friends with Tom Kennedy and Erin Cook, also summer hires at Joyland, which years before had been the scene of the murder of a young woman named Linda Gray whose ghost is said to be seen at the Horror House. He also befriends a young boy, named Mike Ross and his mother, Annie. Their lives all become entwined when Devin decides to investigate the mystery of Linda Gray’s unsolved murder by the “Carny Killer. (Via Stephen King)

 

 

3. Swamplandia by Karen Russel

 

 

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Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness.

As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality. (Via Barnes and Noble)

 

 

4. Jurrasic Park by Michael Crichton

 

 

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An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.
 
Until something goes wrong. . . . (Via Barnes and Noble)

 

 

5. Utopia by Lincoln Child

 

 

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Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day, its dazzling array of robots and futuristic holograms make it a worldwide sensation. But ominous mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once flawless technology. A friendly robot goes haywire, causing panic, and a popular roller coaster malfunctions, nearly killing a teenaged rider. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park’s robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track. (Via Amazon)

 

 

 

Is it just me or do all books that have amusement parks or carnivals involve something menacing or villainous? Doesn’t a little menace make you want to ride a roller coaster? What are some books set in amusement parks that you know of?

 

 

 

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