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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Railsback Narrator: Rachel Gray Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Ten-year-old Babo has grown up on an abandoned circus camp in a war-torn country. She sleeps in the old lion cage and takes care of the other parentless leftover kids telling them fantastical stories about the old circus days and finding ways to make them laugh. They need her. So Babo is not one single bit happy when an American couple wants to adopt her and change her name to Betti. How will her real parents ever find her all the way in America?

But soon crazy America is exactly where she is - with new parents and a little sister, weird food like snaky spooogetti, and all kinds of people speaking gobbledygook. Betti is determined to run away. She just has to find the perfect time....

Heartbreaking and hilarious, Betti on the High Wire is a book about family, the meaning of home - and most of all, about one brave and imaginative (and completely unforgettable) little girl.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/31/2013

    " good audio "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 12/23/2013

    " Purposeful, but problematic. I was mostly highly annoyed by the fact that Babo/Betti knows some words but totally doesn't know others, and I suppose her misspelling/confusion is supposed to be cute, but it felt kind of "Balki in Perfect Strangers" to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan P | 12/7/2013

    " Sounded better than it was. A young girl from an unnamed war torn country is adopted by an American couple and their daughter. The author's writing style kept me off balance, and Betti was just weird enough to not be totally sympathetic or likeable. I give it a shrug. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 11/28/2013

    " A pretty good story. I found Babo's transition to living in America to be interesting and there were certianly a few touching moments between her and her new family and her and George, but the story never really grabbed me to a point where I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MCPLD Youth Department | 10/17/2013

    " This a beautiful story - both heart-wrenching and funny. It describes what it's like to live in a war-torn country, adopted by strangers, and adapt to a new culture. I highly recommend this book for the older child! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/14/2013

    " LOVED this book! Great story, great character. About an orphan who is adopted by an American family. It is told from the 10 year olds perspective, and all her thought processes and worries. Great read!Would read with my children 10+ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 6/22/2013

    " A book for fourth graders no doubt ! It is so boring , I had to abandon it on page 43 . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey Flynn | 11/26/2012

    " Reading this book to Audrey. Very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 8/5/2012

    " This book really opens your eyes to the reality of what is happening in some third-world countries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Mcneil | 7/19/2012

    " Railsback has created memorable characters and very tender relationships that got to me despite a somewhat flawed story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/4/2012

    " A touching book about child refugees and adapting to a new country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elly | 1/15/2012

    " This book is a wonderful book about how a young girl get adopted and has to adapted. READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 11/17/2011

    " Amazing book about international adoption, merging of cultures and angst of kids moving from a war torn place... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vi Louise | 10/10/2011

    " I'm really enjoying listening to this book. Betti voice is authentic, engaging and at times funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 9/4/2011

    " really enjoyed this, despite initial misgivings and some concern about message if there is one... it's a fantasy and a horror story, though it's authenticity may be dubious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anika | 2/28/2011

    " I don't really recommend this book. I did not like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elly | 2/22/2011

    " This book is a wonderful book about how a young girl get adopted and has to adapted. READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/8/2011

    " Purposeful, but problematic. I was mostly highly annoyed by the fact that Babo/Betti knows some words but totally doesn't know others, and I suppose her misspelling/confusion is supposed to be cute, but it felt kind of "Balki in Perfect Strangers" to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MCPLD Youth Department | 1/28/2011

    " This a beautiful story - both heart-wrenching and funny. It describes what it's like to live in a war-torn country, adopted by strangers, and adapt to a new culture. I highly recommend this book for the older child!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 12/15/2010

    " This was an amazing book with a real look at things we often take for granted. I think this book will make children/pre-teens really think about what "Betti" Is going through and facing. They will feel angry with her, and her hurt with her....and lost with her. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/28/2010

    " A touching book about child refugees and adapting to a new country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 9/29/2010

    " This book really opens your eyes to the reality of what is happening in some third-world countries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vi Louise | 9/22/2010

    " I'm really enjoying listening to this book. Betti voice is authentic, engaging and at times funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 9/21/2010

    " Reading this book to Audrey. Very interesting. "

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