Finnigan the Circus Cat

Introducing Finnigan the Circus Cat, a series of chapter books for young readers centering on a rescue kitten who finds a home in a small town Wisconsin circus museum. Written and illustrated by  author Mary T. Wagner, the award-winning series—aimed at readers aged 7 to 10 and the grownups who love to read with them—was inspired by a real-life rescue kitten also named Finnigan, as well as one of Wagner’s daughters, who is a contemporary circus aerialist.

Wagner said several elements of her chapter book series, “Finnigan the Circus Cat,” were drawn from collections at Circus World. “I am absolutely enchanted by the artistry and creativity in those vintage wagons, and so when I set out to write a series, I knew from the start that one of the books was going to have to center on an old circus wagon,” she said.

The first book in the series, “Finnigan the Circus Cat,” was published in June 2016. It follows the adventures of Finnigan, a rescue kitten who befriends two “circus mice” as he makes his home in an old circus museum.

Finnigan and the Lost Circus Wagon,” the second book of the series details a run-in Finnigan and his companions have with two shady characters who plan to steal a priceless treasure hidden in one of the museum’s circus wagons. The third volume in the series, “Finnigan the Lionhearted”, will be published this summer.

Photo: the ‘real’ Finnigan and Mary

The ‘real’ Finnigan sadly passed last year very unexpectedly, but there’s another rescue cat in the Wagner family to fill the void. Wagner said her stories are intended to show modern kids the excitement of the circus while teaching them important life lessons. One such lesson is that “the family you make can be just as important as the family you come from,” Wagner said.

We spoke with Mary and she was kind enough to offer 5 copies of Finnigan the Circus Cat (Book 1) for five lucky Purrington Post readers to win.

*Contest Closed

This contest ended on February 19th, 2018 and was available to US residents only. Entrants needed to submit a comment in our “Leave a Reply” section at the bottom of this page saying:

My cat’s name is [insert your cat’s name] and if he/she performed in the circus, her/his special act would be [insert your cat’s unique circus skill]

The 5 winners were chosen by the author (Mary T. Wagner) from all the correctly submitted entries and contacted by email.


You can order Books 1 and 2 on Amazon now (links below)

Fnigan the Circus Cat

Finnigan and the Lost Circus Wagon


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