The Pinballs by Betsy ByarsThe Pinballs by Betsy Byars

The Pinballs

byBetsy Byars

Paperback | August 10, 2004

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From Newbery-winning author Betsy Byars comes a story full of "poignancy, perception, and humor" (The Chicago Tribune), about three foster kids who learn what it takes to make a family.

You can't always decide where life will take you—especially when you're a kid.

Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J, she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper to bumper. As soon as you get settled, somebody puts another coin in the machine and off you go again.

But against her will and her better judgment, Carlie and the boys become friends. And all three of them start to see that they can take control of their own lives.

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...
Title:The PinballsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.31 inPublished:August 10, 2004Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064401987

ISBN - 13:9780064401982

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


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

From Our Editors

For children who are sent from one foster home to another, it is difficult to find friends. When three unwanted kids -- pinballs, as wisecracking Carly dubs them -- collide in a warm and caring foster home, they learn to pin their hopes on each other. This inspirational book is a must for all young readers.

Editorial Reviews

“A former winner of the Newbery Medal scores again with a story that has poignancy, perception, and humor.” (The Chicago Tribune)