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Author: Betsy Byars
ISBN13: 978-0439176910
Title: The Summer of the Swans
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Language: English
Publisher: Scholastic Canada, Limited; 1st Scholastic Printing 2000 edition (January 1, 2000)

The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

The Summer of the Swans was not Betsy Byars’s first book, but it was the first to be showered with praise and awards. One critic called it an over-whelming success. Since the novel was first pub-lished in 1970, two generations of readers have come to agree. The novel contains many details that are bor-rowed from the author’s own life. The setting is West Virginia, where Byars lived at the time she wrote the book. The main character, Sara Godfrey, is a fourteen-year-old girl who resembles Byars herself as a teenager. Byars explains, When I was little, I had big feet for my age; I gave those. The Summer of the Swans Chapters 1–6 Personal Response. What is your impression of Sara at this point in the book? Explain. Analyzing Literature.

I first encountered Betsy Byars' Summer of the Swans in German translation (probably in 1976 when I was ten years old, but it might in fact have been a year earlier, in 1975). And I do well remember that I absolutely loved Summer of the Swans as a child (or Als die Schwäne kamen as the novel is known in German), that I read the novel three times in a row, that I most definitely felt very emotionally close and connected to main protagonist Sara Godfrey (and although she at the age of fourteen was perhaps. This was such a disappointment after enjoying Betsy Byars' The Winged Colt of Casa Mia. Color me nutty, but if a book is titled The SUMMER of the Swans, perhaps swans should somehow be part of a whole summer instead of just two friggin' days. I guess this was one of the first books to deal with an autistic child (long before the word "autism" was coined).

by Byars, Betsy Cromer. Publication date 1974. Topics People with mental disabilities, Brothers and sisters. Publisher New York : Avon Books. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on February 11, 2010.

Betsy Cromer Byars (August 7, 1928 - ) is an American children's author. Her novel "Summer of the Swans" won the 1971 Newbery Medal. In 1987 she received the Regina Medal, for lifetime achievement, from the Catholic Library Association. Byars was born Betsy Cromer August 7, 1928, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. In all of my school years,. not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. Also go check out some of her other book they are very balanced as well. Would rate this book 5 stare because it has all the 5 things that a book need to be a good book. I am so grateful and if you read the books I recommend you will she what I mean.

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Reviews: 7
This Newbery-Medal winner is a wonderful book about 14-year-old Sara, her older sister Wanda, their Aunt Willie who takes care of them, and their 10-year-old brother Charlie, who was mentally impaired by life-threatening illnesses at the age of three. Sara, in particular, is very protective of Charlie, especially against school kids who make fun of him. She turned a water hose on a girl who called Charlie a "retard," and won't speak to her schoolmate Joe, who she thinks stole Charlie's beloved watch.

The whole story is told in a very short time frame, maybe two full days. After Sara takes Charlie to see swans which are living on a nearby pond, Charlie wakes up in the middle of the night and wanders off. Nobody can find him. Sara, with the help of her best friend Mary, the help of Joe, and the help of the townspeople, finds Charlie. In the process of doing so, Sara learns to not make hasty judgements or accusations: a big step in the process of growing up.

A short, realistic, well-told story.
This is a very good book. I like it because it's an easy read, the characters are developed well, and the story line is fantastic. I like how it was fictional but it had realistic circumstances, like things that could actually happen. Sara was a very realistic character, she was like your average teen, self conscious even though she is pretty, cares for others, normal stuff. I would recommend this book to other kids my age, it's perfect for my age section. I like the little bit at the end where Joe Melby asked Sara to the party, it added the little bit of love interest that the book needed. I enjoyed reading this.
Good story line but it ended a bit abruptly. Theme was strong family ties and growing up. My boys enjoyed it
This book was really good because some of the parts were funny and some of the parts were sad so there was a balance in happiness and sadness so I recommend reading this book because if you like a balanced book you should read this book. Also go check out some of her other book they are very balanced as well. Would rate this book 5 stare because it has all the 5 things that a book need to be a good book. If are wondering how i know this it is because I have read a lot of Betsy Byars books and I can guarantee you will enjoy them a lot. Thank you for reading my review. I am so grateful and if you read the books I recommend you will she what I mean. Thanks again and I hope you read you read this book!!!!????????????????????????
I believe adolescents, especially children from a non-typical family, can identify with these characters. The main character feels better about herself because she cares about her younger brother. She also shows growth in her relationship with a classmate. She moves from detesting him to finding him to be a true friend. She admits her first impression of him was wrong. This is a great lesson for young people.
Good product, price and delivery. Thank you!
My father bought me the tapes as a kid. I never got tired of listening to the story when I was too young to read. Now my daughter is enjoying this book also. I can still hear the voices and sounds from the tapes while I listen to her read. Even though she knows the correct terms, I still cringe when I hear retard/ed.. I hope she loves this book as much as I alway
Great book i love it