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Betti on the High Wire

by Lisa Railsback

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So why is this book getting such a high rating? Because it is simply that good. It's not that it's a wildly made up fantasy about sparkly paranormal creatures or shape changing critters (though I love stories about both and the little girl in this story DOES have quite an imagination). It's not that it's a true story being recounted breath by breath (though it certainly could be and is is some fashion for many out there). It IS in fact the way the story speaks straight to your heart....by passing the mind and thought process that begs you to straighten out mispoken words, or make sense of non-sensible situations. It speaks in a language that we can all understand on some level. It combines the storytelling abilities of young Betti while delivering a truth about her and her life that's inevitable. You see it coming, and yet not as you are held captive by the level of emotions released page by page.

Certainly a story that children can enjoy with it's recounting of circus life, the "lie berry" and "fow tins"...but also a very touching book for the adult reader with whom the real world tragedies may echo even deeper. Happy reading... ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803733887, Hardcover)

Ten-year-old Babo and the other ?leftover kids? live on an abandoned circus camp in a war-torn country. Babo believes her circus-star parents will come back for her any day now, so she is not one bit happy when an American couple adopts her. She hates her new name (Betti) and is confused by everything in America. She?s determined to run away. But as Betti slowly begins to trust her new family and even makes a friend, she decides maybe she can stay just one more day. And then maybe another . . .

Betti on the High Wire is both heartbreaking and hilarious?and completely unforgettable. This brave little storyteller of a girl will wiggle her way straight into your heart.

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Firm in her belief that her missing parents will return to the bombed-out circus camp where she lives with a group of "leftover" children, ten-year-old Babo has no desire to leave her war-torn country.

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