Children's book, radio, and DVD series about a group of kids who live near Sugar Creek in Indiana, who solve mysteries and go on adventures. Originally started in 1939, and still sold today. Very Christian in theme, with many overt references to Jesus, the Bible, and (the Christian) God coming from the characters' dialog and internal monologue. Despite that, the actual stories themselves are a mix between Slice of Life and "Hardy Boys in a rural setting" than anything else, and play out like kids' adventures that just happen to have lots of Christian references.
The Christian references are toned down considerably in the movies, to make them less preachy and more enjoyable to a general non-Christian audience.
Not to be confused with the Sugar ''Hill'' Gang.
This work contains examples of:
- Braids of Action: Circus is seen with braided hair in all five movies.
- In the second half of the third movie, however, she lets her hair hang loose.
- The Chick: Circus. In the movies, she's the only girl in the gang.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Shorty Long has red hair in the movies, and tanned skin from running around outside all the time.
- Deep South: The setting.
- Does Not Like Shoes: These kids don't, seriously. In the movies, the girl likes them less than the boys do.
- She also seems to have the magical ability to instantly switch back and forth between bare feet and fully laced shoes with socks several times in the same scene.
- Free-Range Children
- Gender Flip: To add a girl to the cast, the movies take Circus, one of the boys in the gang, and turn him into a tomboyish girl.
- Kid Detective
- One of the Boys: Circus's character in the movies. She loves climbing trees, doesn't mind getting dirty, and can scuffle with the boys.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In the third movie, when Circus gets dressed up for the town revival.
- Sibling Team: Circus and Dragonfly are twins in the movies.
- Big Bob and Tom Till, at least until Tom switches alliances.
- The Smurfette Principle: Movie Circus is the only girl in the gang.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Circus doesn't seem to mind wearing a frilly, bright pink dress in the third movie.