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The Summer of the Swans

by Betsy Byars

Viking USA | January 1, 1970 | Hardcover |

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The orange sneakers were typical of her mood. One minute Sara had been rather fond of them. The next she detested them, thought them as gross as her enormous feet, her impossible body, her ridiculous hair. And that was how it had been all summer. The elation of one moment would give way to tears the next, with no warning, for no reason.

Format: Hardcover

Published: January 1, 1970

Publisher: Viking USA

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670681903

ISBN - 13: 9780670681907

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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The Summer of the Swans

The Summer of the Swans

by Betsy Byars

Format: Hardcover

Published: January 1, 1970

Publisher: Viking USA

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670681903

ISBN - 13: 9780670681907

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The orange sneakers were typical of her mood. One minute Sara had been rather fond of them. The next she detested them, thought them as gross as her enormous feet, her impossible body, her ridiculous hair. And that was how it had been all summer. The elation of one moment would give way to tears the next, with no warning, for no reason.

About the Author

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. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love . I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn''t grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon. First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn''t emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post , Look ,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter. "Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I''m
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A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost

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