My Name Is Brain Brian by Jeanne BetancourtMy Name Is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt

My Name Is Brain Brian

byJeanne Betancourt

Paperback | January 1, 1995

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Born in 1941, Jeanne Betancourt grew up in rural Vermont, where she spent a lot of time helping out on the dairy farm across the road from her family’s house. Though at the time she had no intention of becoming a writer - she studied dance and planned to dance with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall someday - her rural upbringing would later provide ideas and background for many of her books. First, however, Betancourt moved with her family to the city, where she finished school; she then pursued a religious calling, becoming a nun as well as a high school teacher. After leaving the order, Betancourt moved to New York City, where she married, raised her daughter, Nicole, divorced, remarried, taught high school, and earned a degree in film from New York University. She wrote her first children’s book in 1982, and since then has written a wide variety of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books for young readers. Betancourt drew on her own memories and dreams while writing Kate’s Turn, which focuses on a young teen’s pursuit of a dance career; her own experience with dyslexia helped her create the title character of My Name Is Brian. And her rural upbringing, of course, helped her create the popular Pony Pals series. In addition to writing books, Betancourt has also written for television, and has received six Emmy Award nominations, two Humanities citations, and the National Psychological Award for Excellence in the Media. She divides her time between an apartment in New York City and a home in rural Connecticut."
Jeanne Betancourt is the author of dozens of books for children, including the successful Pony Pals series. She lives on the Upper West Side of New York City. Visit her at
Title:My Name Is Brain BrianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.6 × 5.26 × 0.33 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INC

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0590449222

ISBN - 13:9780590449229

Appropriate for ages: 8

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This "outstanding" (School Library Journal) book for children is the sensitive portrayal of a boy who struggles to hide his dyslexia from his friends. Based on the author's personal experience as a dyslexic, this novel is "drawn from real insight". Kirkus Reviews