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The Pinballs

by Betsy Cromer Byars

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | March 1, 1977 | Hardcover

The Pinballs is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.

"What else is on your 'Bad Things' list?" Carlie urged.

"Nothing. I've just got the appendectomy so far."

"Well, write down two broken legs," Carlie suggested. "I wouldn't exactly call them the fun event of the year." She paused. "If it was me, I'd make that number two and three, wouldn't you, Thomas J? Number two, right leg. Number three, left."

After all, when your own father drives over your legs, you really should account for both of them. Harvey has other lists, too, lists of people he is afraid of and of gifts he got that he didn't want. Carlie has it figured that his problem, like her own and Thomas J's, is that he is a pinball. Pinballs don't get to settle where they want.

But under the influence of their foster parents and each other, Carlie's cynicism is eclipsed by her determination to bring Harvey out of his despondency; and the earnest Thomas J begins to find his own identity. Even Carlie is willing to conclude that the three are not pinballs, after all.

Betsy Byars' upbeat story of children disappointed by their parents is often funny and always poignant.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 pages, 8.31 × 5.73 × 0.71 in

Published: March 1, 1977

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060209186

ISBN - 13: 9780060209186

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book ! this book is awesome and great for any age i am in grade 8 and my teacher is making us read this book. it teaches you alot in life. If you havent read this book i say that you go get the price it's cheap !
Date published: 2009-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pinballs The Pinballs is about three kids who live with the Masons, or their foster parents. The three kids are Carly, Harvey and Thomas J. Carly is there because her step-dad hit her with a frying pan. Harvey is there because his dad ran over his legs and Thomas J is there because the two old ladies (The Benson twins) that he lived with broke their hips. This is a good book for 10 and up.
Date published: 2001-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic from a master Short vignettes in the interlude between letting go of one home, and learning to trust a new one. Hopeful, winningly told in Byars' trademark graceful, unsentimental prose, this should appeal to 12-15-year-old fans of 'realistic' kidlit.
Date published: 2000-12-19

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The Pinballs

by Betsy Cromer Byars

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 pages, 8.31 × 5.73 × 0.71 in

Published: March 1, 1977

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060209186

ISBN - 13: 9780060209186

From the Publisher

"What else is on your 'Bad Things' list?" Carlie urged.

"Nothing. I've just got the appendectomy so far."

"Well, write down two broken legs," Carlie suggested. "I wouldn't exactly call them the fun event of the year." She paused. "If it was me, I'd make that number two and three, wouldn't you, Thomas J? Number two, right leg. Number three, left."

After all, when your own father drives over your legs, you really should account for both of them. Harvey has other lists, too, lists of people he is afraid of and of gifts he got that he didn't want. Carlie has it figured that his problem, like her own and Thomas J's, is that he is a pinball. Pinballs don't get to settle where they want.

But under the influence of their foster parents and each other, Carlie's cynicism is eclipsed by her determination to bring Harvey out of his despondency; and the earnest Thomas J begins to find his own identity. Even Carlie is willing to conclude that the three are not pinballs, after all.

Betsy Byars' upbeat story of children disappointed by their parents is often funny and always poignant.

From the Jacket

After all, when your own father drives over your legs, you really should account for both of them. Harvey has other lists, too, lists of people he is afraid of and of gifts he got that he didn''t want. Carlie has it figured that his problem, like her own and Thomas J''s, is that he is a pinball. Pinballs don''t get to settle where they want.

About the Author

Betsy Byars is a widely read and loved author of many award-winning middle-grade books for children, including Summer Of The Swans (Viking), a 1971 Newbery Medal winner. The Pinballs was an ALA Notable Children's Book in 1977 as well as the basis for an ABC Afterschool Special. Other books she has written for HarperCollins are Good-bye, Chicken Little; The Seven Treasure Hunts, illustrated by Jennifer Barrett; and three I Can Read Books, the popular The Golly Sisters Go West, Hooray For The Golly Sisters!, and The Golly Sisters Ride Again, all illustrated by Sue Truesdell. Ms. Byars lives in Clemson, South Carolina, with her husband.

From Our Editors

After all, when your own father drives over your legs, you really should account for both of them. Harvey has other lists, too, lists of people he is afraid of and of gifts he got that he didn't want. Carlie has it figured that his problem, like her own and Thomas J's, is that he is a pinball. Pinballs don't get to settle where they want.

Editorial Reviews

"Three unwanted kids ''Pinballs, '' as wisecracking Carly dubs them, collide in a warm and caring foster home and learn to pin their hopes on each other."-- "SLJ.""The 1971 Newbery Medalist for "The Summer of the Swans" does a superb job of creating vivid characters who change convincingly in reaction to each other."-- "C.""A former winner of the Newbery Award scores again with a story that has poignancy, perception, and humor." -- "The Chicago Tribune""A hopeful, loving, and very witty book. No wonder 58,000 school children in Georgia voted it their favorite." -- Jim Trelease, "The Read-Aloud Handbook"

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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