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Book Title: The Summer of the Swans (Puffin Modern Classics)|
The author of the book: Betsy Byars
Edition: Puffin Books
The size of the: 14.86 MB
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Date of issue: April 12th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780142401149
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.2
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We finished Summer of the Swans the other day (amazing how long it takes for us to read such a teenie little book). I was...underwhelmed. All the teachers who recommended it raved about it, but I didn't see what the big deal was. It centers around the relationship between a sister and her mentally challenged younger brother, who gets lost in West Virginia mine country. The idea itself was good, but the story was slow, and then it ended very abruptly. I would have prefered it better if the story had focused more on the innocent Charlie, who was forever stuck in the mind-set of a three year old, instead of his self-absorbed, horribly self-conscious sister Sara, who was in the middle of self-discovery and puberty.
My students liked it, which I guess is the most important thing, but I'm not sure I want to read this one to next year's class. There wasn't a lot of action, there wasn't a lot of character development, and the bulk of the story was Sara talking about how she wasn't good enough for anyone to like her. I don't understand why it won so much acclaim, because the writing is confusing to follow at times (if you're a 6th grader, which was my prime audience). I guess it's because it dealt with the touchy issue of mental handicaps?
To me, it was bland, boring, beige.
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Read information about the authorBetsy Byars has written over sixty books for young people. Her first published in 1962 and since then she has published regularly. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and she gets thousands of letters from readers in the United States and from all over the world.
She has won many awards. Among them are the Newbery Medal in 1971 for her novel The Summer of the Swans, the American Book Award in 1981 for The Night Swimmers, The Edgar (for the best mystery for young people) in 1992 for Wanted..Mud Blossom and the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association for the body of her work. She especially values her many state awards which were voted on by the readers of the state.
Betsy attended public schools in North Carolina and graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, NC with a major in English. She began her writing career five years after her graduation by publishing short magazine articles. As she began to read to her children, her interest in writing for young people began.
Our Home Betsy lives with her husband Ed on an air strip in South Carolina. They are both pilots, and the bottom floor of their house is a hangar so they can taxi out and take off, almost from their front yard. The top floor of the house? Betsy's studio!
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