Ok yes Yes you now pretty much exactly what s going
to happen as soon as you read a summary of this happen as soon as you read a summary of this Yes most of the characters are pretty darn flat Yes there are some cheesy parts ButBut I have a weakness for adoption stories But the way that the author never reveals the country of origin is clever clever clever But the way that Betti approaches amerikan society with a completely fresh perspective is so illuminatingBut I loved the way that she deconstructed words so that she ate her first meal of the day really uickly not nowing what break meant but understanding what fast meant But I loved the way that she hoarded food never nowing when she d be hungry againA beautiful story when it comes right "down to it I m looking forward to booktalking this one Babo s parents will come back for her Or "to it I m looking forward to booktalking this one Babo s parents will come back for her Or she thinks Sadly Babo s reality is another Her country is being torn by war and her parents are both dead leaving her in the care of Auntie Moo a woman who indly took charge of the orphaned circus children after an attack Luckily for Babo an American family filed adoption papers But will Babo with her broken eye and missing toes be able to adjust in her new countryRailsback didn t hold back on the heartwrenching material Babo s insistence that her parents are alive brought tears to my eyes as I understood that adjusting to a new country is one thing but accepting that your family has changed is entirely other Not only does she have a new mom and dad but also a younger sister Lucy The way these two adjust to one another is touching and very realisticA great story that reminds us not all memories need to fade in order to make new onesAlthough the MC is in Elementary school and still speaks like a child I find that war adoption grief and self esteem issues are too heavy for a 3rd grader Hence why I shelved it as YA Railsback has created memorable characters and very tender relationships that got to me despite a somewhat flawed story My 11 year old daughter read this and says it was the best book that she s read And she s a big reader She insisted that I read it and I m glad I did And I m glad she loved itI m not going to rate it because I very rarely read YA books so mine wouldn t be a fair scale But I would recommend it to ids Yes it s straight forward and no it s not complicated or layered But it s geared toward tweens And in that way I think it does a good job at introducing the complexities of refugees war and international adoptions to young ids My daughter said you re going to cry and now what I did I found this a great book for us to discuss together the main discussiontheme being the current refugee crisis It s a book that I think can open young hearts and minds and I would recommend it 30% done and I can t eep reading I have no curiosity whatsoever because I am pretty sure I can see where it is going It comes from the imagination of the adoptive parent regarding what may be going on inside the head of a 10 year old adopted from an unspecified war torn land The child is at an exceptionally difficult age for any adoption and she wants to stay with what is familiar but she is not given that option and who would deny her a wealthy family even if she doesn t want it What is bothering me most is that it is written in the first person which would work if it were consistent but the adult voice sneaks in for clarity and constantly jars one out of the child s head For instance the narration of events is written at about a fifth grade level But when the protagonist Betti uotes herself she speaks in broken English full of childish fantasies and interpretation of her inner life sounding closer to the age of 6 which could be authentic except her narration then goes back to the adult author s clarity I might have liked it a lot better while I was waiting to adopt my first child It might have given me some ideas about how to be sensitive to her transition But there are also a lot of assumptions that might not have fit for her if I believed that all ids think the same way about their adoptions Clearly I am not be in the right place for this book Will spare it a rating because a I couldn t finish it and b I am feeling too close to the material to rate fairly 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 ept me off balance and Betti was just weird enough to not be totally sympathetic or likeable I give it a shrug Privileged white author shoves words into little refugee girl s mouth I now you ve done work with refugees woman but that doesn t give you the right to speak as one of them or to appropriate their struggle for your own Ten year old Babo and the other leftover ids 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 Americ. E personified has found her
where lives in the form of one of the American couples that come along she lives the form of one of the American couples that come along in a while and are interested in adopting a refugee orphan and taking him or her back to the US Though Betti is older than most of the others and wouldn t consider herself cute or as personally appealing as most of them are one American couple is impressed by the strength of her will and her leadership over the other ids and selects Betti to be their adopted daughter Betti recoils at the decision horrified at the thought of leaving her home to go to a strange country when she can hardly even speak its language but she isn t going to be allowed the opportunity to turn down this chance of escaping the war and being brought to a land where peace reigns Betti who has convinced herself over the years that her parents aren t dead and will be coming back for her some day will be going as far away from the circus camp as geographically possible and there s no way to convince Auntie Moo or the others that it s a mistake to send her away By a gracious turn of fortune though Betti will not be alone as she departs the land of her birth for a new home in the new world George a id from the shelter who is a few years younger than Betti has been adopted by an American couple who lives in the same town as Betti s new parents It s a very different matter to have to leave home behind entirely than it is to be able to bring something important along with you especially when that something is a id like George George is one of those blessed individuals who takes everything just as it comes accepting troubles including one missing arm courtesy of the war and good fortune and dramatic life changes with happiness and great expectations for the future a id who was bound to get adopted eventually because who could help but love him His personal fluidity will help Betti be flexible in the areas where she instinctively wants to be rigid because as much as she was in charge at the circus camp and was leader to George as follower Betti really does need George now than ever It s not always easy for us to identify with someone in Betti s position adjusting to a whole new culture on the fly when everyone around her is so fluent in the nuances of natural language that they never even think twice about explaining them to her We re met head on with this point constantly though via Betti s train of thought which shows again and again how complicated it is for her or anyone in her situation to transfer what she nows and observes about the world around her into the uirky expressions that comprise the English language I believe that we gain a greater appreciation for that struggle by seeing from the inside out the way that Betti thinks and observing what difficulties catch her up most often This book is simply magnificent There s no straightforward incline to Betti s progress as she adapts to her new ind of life while all the time insisting that she s not adapting but rather a stop and start up and down sort of realistic version of progress that will resonate with readers as being much believable and worth cheering for than if everything went perfectly There are rough edges on Betti sure but who would expect otherwise from a id who lived the first ten years of her life hiding out in a country decimated by war Who would expect otherwise even from a child raised under ideal circumstances when real life still has a way of poking holes in all of the protective layers we ve so meticulously set up and drawing blood from the id anyway Betti has had a really hard time of it until now but she has gotten away from a place where the ominous shadow of death looms large every single moment and under her new circumstances the personal virtues that first drew her new parents to want to adopt her will find an inviting garden bed a safe place to bloom For Betti things will never be as bad as they once were and this story is really her gradual journey to the realization of that truth as she hesitantly puts down roots in America and comes to accept her new home still without ever forgetting the pain of her past or the wonderful people back in her homeland who sacrificed so much to give her a chance to live free What a marvelous new writer we have in Lisa Railsback I would be really surprised if she didn t win the Newbery Medal or at the very least an Honor at some point in the next several years Her writing is clearly of the caliber expected year in and year out by the Newbery Committee and her storytelling is emotionally affecting and a truly beautiful experience as well as being consistently very funny I would definitely give three and a half stars to Betti on the High Wire. Can stay just one 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 hea. .
characters Betti on the High Wire.
Rofit and gloryYou go further ignoring "THE FACT THAT THE COUNTRIES RESPONSIBLE " fact that the countries responsible all these wars you deplore are the ones you seem so desperate to valorize rich white WesternTeaching children especially children of color that they can trust policemen
is painfully misleading tooDon t worry children All these wars make our country richer which mean wepainfully misleading tooDon t worry children All these wars make our country richer which mean we take better care of you And you don t really want to live in your dirty little homes anyway trust us We re the good guysFinally the prose is awful These aren t the authentic thoughts fo a ten year old refugee This is a white American churning out pulp for gullible first worlders Diznee land Telee vizion box REALLY Further this author has literally smushed an assortment of actual third world countries into one FICTIONAL dystopiaI should be grateful it s so poorly written the stilted prose will causes many readers to uestion if a refugee would really think these thoughts or whether the character s just being used as a mouthpiece by this author only giving this 2 stars because i might have enjoyed this when i was 7 I won this book on good reads first reads it is an audio book I ended up listening to most off it and then I got it at the library becasue I wanted to take it with me to finish it and I read faster then she was talking I liked both versions it was an eye opening book on what it might be like for some refuge foreign children when they first come to America It broke my heart some and made me want to be patient with them There s no limit to the number of beautiful stories like this one that the world is ready to receive I feel certain that for many years to come Betti on the High Wire will be a surprising and special revelation to thousands of readers who take a chance on it branching out to discover the remarkable talent and emotional insight with which Lisa Railsback writes Here is a story on par with just about anything else in the genre of children s literature from 2010 a book that I am very surprised wasn t given some ind of official Newbery recognition I can t say enough how much I loved Betti on the High Wire From the narrative s onset I found it very interesting that the country Betti was originally from is never specifically named definite labels that would positively identify the country are cleverly skirted throughout the story leaving the impression that this was an intentional oversight a fact which is confirmed in the Note from the Author section at the end of the book Lisa Railsback explains that she refrained from identifying Betti s country so as not to put too fine a point on the plight of war orphans from such a variety of different countries around the globe Confining Betti s origins to one nation in particular would necessarily limit the scope of the story but since she could be from almost anywhere and of virtually any race and culture the resonance of her journey can be widely felt Of course choosing to approach the writing of the book with this tack had to have presented some major challenges as cultural information about Betti and her background couldn t ever be too specific a firm precept that I m sure had to be ept a close watch out for as the book was in development From the finished product though it seems that this was no problem for Lisa Railsback and the story shines with a tender brightness eualed by precious few others In her war torn homeland Betti is the unofficial leader of a ragtag group of refugee ids all living in an old circus camp under the protection of a few ladies who do their best to guard them from any further harm All of the children have been affected by the war to some degree missing toes arms and other body parts are the norm in a land so often besieged by bombs and surprise military offensives Betti who is about ten years old has lost several of her toes and most of the sight in one eye but somehow through all the tribulations she has naturally taken on a leadership role among her peers and carved out a modestly happy life for herself among the ruins of the old circus camp It was in this very camp in fact that three year old Betti had first been found by the benevolent Auntie Moo the woman now in charge of the transient orphanage Back then soldiers had come upon the troupe of circus performers who numbered among them Betti s parents and slaughtered the defenseless bunch of entertainers for no real reason Betti s parents had saved their daughter s life by hiding her away before the massacre began and that is why Betti is now alive and one of the survivors thriving in the little camp as well as a human being possibly could But there s in store for Betti than a life of poverty in a nation overrun by perpetual violence Hop. An 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.