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Long Road to the Circus

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. This is the story of a girl who rides an ostrich straight to her dreams from the award-winning writer and librarian Betsy Bird, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist David Small.

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"It doesn’t take long for Suzy to become wrapped up in the world of traveling entertainers; a spark is lit within her to grab on tight to this ticket out of Burr Oak.... Suzy’s itch to leave the farm is balanced by an earnest appreciation for those who are contented to stay behind — the author makes it clear that what’s good for them isn’t exactly good for Suzy, and there’s no fault or shame on anyone’s plate." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 12
Author Betsy Bird
Illustrator David Small
ISBN 0593303938
Publication Date Oct 5, 2021
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers
Language English