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Book Giveaway! Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird

The following items appear in my novel LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS:

  • 1 bad tempered ostrich by the name of Gaucho who has eyes bigger than his brain and the personality of a sour lemon.
  • 1 elderly ex-circus performer who to this day, in real life, holds the high jump record while riding a horse sidesaddle.
  • 1 smart alecky-type kid who just wants to get out of Burr Oak, Michigan and would even ride an ostrich (see: Gaucho) to do it.
  • 1 no good, rotten older brother who’s a snake in the grass on his best days
  • A whole bunch of illustrations by the great and wonderful artist David Small.

Do you know, I’ve never given away one of my books before. But today that’s changing! In a year where we’ve seen a severe decrease in the number of printed galleys made available to the public, Knopf is kind enough to bind my book (out October 5th) seven times for seven lucky winners of today’s giveaway.

The rules are simple. Send an email to Then, one week from today (on May 6th) I will randomly select seven lucky winners to receive a physical copy of the book. Not only that, but there may be some neat prizes that come with it. And just to inspire you, here’s a photograph of Madame Marantette (the aforementioned circus performer) that my aunt found online recently. Look at that spine! That form! The fact that her legs are impossibly on one side of that horse! Who wouldn’t want to read about this lady?

Enter today!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Look at that spine, indeed! Looking forward to reading the book. Congrats, Betsy!