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Long Road to the Circus



by
Betsy Bird
illustrated by
David Small

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf
ISBN
9780593303986
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In the tradition of award-winning, illustrated novels Pax and The One and Only Ivan, Long Road to the Circus is a girl-empowering, funny, and fast-paced historical adventure by award-winning writer and librarian Betsy Bird, and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist David Small.

Twelve-year-old Suzy Bowles is tired of summers filled with chores on her family farm in Burr Oak, Michigan, and desperate to see the world. When her wayward uncle moves back home to the farm, only to skip his chores every morning for mysterious reasons, Suzy decides to find out what he’s up to once and for all. And that’s when she meets legendary former circus queen Madame Marantette and her ostriches. Before long, Suzy finds herself caught-up in the fast-paced, hilarious world of ostrich riding, a rollicking adventure that just might be her ticket out of Burr Oak.“About the Madame.” About Bud Thurskow. “How to Ride Sidesaddle.”
“Bringing the Madame to Life.” Black-and-white historical photographs. Black-and-white illustrations done in pen and ink.
 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.4: points 7

Lexile

810L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2022

Book Genres

Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Ostriches. Circus performers. Family life. Farms. Uncles. Madame Marantette (1848–1922). 1920s. Burr Oak, Michigan. 

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