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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Betti on the High Wire - Lisa Railsback (Juvenile Fiction)

Released July 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

I love reading, that's not surprising, but when reading children's literature, I often find it hard to push aside the adult reactions. Betti on the High Wire probably touched me more deeply than it would the average 'tween reader. Simply because there's that "mom" side of me that wanted to reach out, hug Babo/Betti close and never let go.

Babo lives in a war torn country on a former circus site. Her parents are long gone, but she knows they'll return for her. Babo spends her time telling the younger children vivid stories about her life in the circus. That is until the day a American couple decide Babo is the perfect addition to their family. Suddenly, Babo has a new name, Betti, and is moving to a country that terrifies her.

What Babo knows of America is that the people--she refers to them as Melons because of their round faces--replace broke or lost items. So if she says the wrong thing or acts badly, she knows they'll leave her behind. Plus, how can her parents find her if she's half a world away.

Babo/Bettis prepared to hate her new life. She slowly realizes there may be more to living in America than she could have ever believed.

I loved every moment of Betti on the High Wire. The story is told from Babo's point of view. Because she is still learning English, she makes language mistakes that endear her to the reader. As she learns more about the misconceptions she learned from villagers in her native land, it's fascinating watching her grow and become more trusting.

I highly recommend this novel because it has an emotional appeal that many books miss. Lisa Railsback nailed it and I really hope she will share more from Babo's new life in a future novel.

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