Mirette on the High Wire

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Mirette on the High Wire
Mirette on the High Wire
Author Emily Arnold McCully
Illustrator Emily Arnold McCully
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Putnam Books
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-399-22130-9
OCLC 24544979
[E] 20
LC Class PZ7.M478415 Mi 1992

Mirette on the High Wire is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. Published in 1992, the book tells the story of Mirette, a French girl who learns to walk on the tightrope. McCully won the 1993 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Mirette lives in a boardinghouse in France. One day her life is changed by a man named Bellini, a famous tightrope walker, who teaches Mirette how to walk on a tightrope.


Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, best known for their long-running off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, created a musical version of the book in 1996.[2]


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ Klein, Alvin (August 9, 1998). "THEATER; 'Mirette' at Goodspeed Opera House". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 

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Preceded by
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Grandfather's Journey