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‘Shoot – David Small believes in me!’ Betsy Bird and the LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS

Travis: It was a pleasure to talk with Betsy Bird about her first middle grade novel, LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS.

In this episode Betsy talks about the real-life people and events that inspired this story set in Michigan, and her unique collaboration with illustrator David Small.

We hope you enjoy the episode.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Thanks so much for having me, Travis!

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