Mirette on the High Wire

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Mirette on the High Wire
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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