Maddigan's Quest by Margaret Mahy
I don't know if the world counts as the world any more, not since the wars of the Destruction ...we're the leftover people going between the leftover places. In a time not far from our own, a colourful group of travellers brave the twisting, tricksy landscape of the Remaking, after Chaos ripped the world apart. they are the magicians, clowns, trapeze artists and musicians of Maddigan's Fantasia, healing the injured land with their gifts of wonder and laughter. Garland Maddigan, the 12-year-old daughter of Ferdy, the Fantasia's ringmaster, has made the trip before, but this journey offers frightening new challenges. three mysterious children join the Fantasia and the sinister strangers who follow them become a dangerous enigma as Garland slowly unlocks their secret origin. Margaret Mahy is one of the world's best-loved authors, writing wonderfully funny children's stories and ground-breaking novels for young adults, thrilling millions of readers. Margaret is a member of the Order of New Zealand, an honorary doctor of letters and twice winner of Britain's Carnegie Medal for Children's Literature. Playing with time is a dangerous game ...would you dare?