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Betsy Byars (1928–2020)

Auteur van De zwanenzomer

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Over de Auteur

Betsy Cromer Byars was born in1928. She graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. While she was in graduate school, she began writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post and Look. Byars writes novels for young people. She is an expert at tapping in to the pain of adolescence, toon meer using bits of her own experience to flavor her characters. She is author of more than 60 books and has won numerous awards. Her book about a 14-year-old girl and her mentally retarded brother, The Summer of the Swans (1970), won the Newberry Award as the most distinguished contribution to children's literature that year. Other books include The 18th Emergency (1973), The TV Kid (1976), and After the Goat Man (1995). Betsy Byars died on February 26,2020 at the age of 91. (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder


Werken van Betsy Byars

De zwanenzomer (1970) 4,532 exemplaren
Tornado (1996) 1,782 exemplaren
De zwerfkatten (1977) 1,235 exemplaren
The Midnight Fox (1968) 1,162 exemplaren
The Golly Sisters Go West (1985) 869 exemplaren
Trouble River (1969) 754 exemplaren
Wanted...Mud Blossom (1990) 642 exemplaren
De achttiende ramp (1973) 611 exemplaren
The Not-Just-Anybody Family (1986) 513 exemplaren
The Cybil War (1981) 507 exemplaren
Cracker Jackson (1985) 452 exemplaren
Keeper of the Doves (2002) 360 exemplaren
The Cartoonist (1979) 312 exemplaren
The Seven Treasure Hunts (1991) 304 exemplaren
Hooray for the Golly Sisters! (1990) 303 exemplaren
The TV Kid (1976) 295 exemplaren
The SOS File (2004) 295 exemplaren
The House of Wings (1600) 289 exemplaren
The Computer Nut (1984) 280 exemplaren
The Dark Stairs (1994) 262 exemplaren
My Brother, Ant (1996) 260 exemplaren
A Blossom Promise (1989) 259 exemplaren
The Night Swimmers (1980) 247 exemplaren
McMummy (1993) 233 exemplaren
The Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady (1986) 232 exemplaren
De dag van de geitenman (1974) 210 exemplaren
Blossoms and the Green Phantom (1987) 209 exemplaren
The Golly Sisters Ride Again (1994) 205 exemplaren
My Dog, My Hero (2000) 199 exemplaren
Dead Letter (1996) 180 exemplaren
Vlinders in je buik (1989) 179 exemplaren
Een goudvis van tweeduizend pond (1982) 173 exemplaren
Goodbye, Chicken Little (1979) 173 exemplaren
Beans on the Roof (1988) 164 exemplaren
The Moon and I (1991) 154 exemplaren
Coast to Coast (1992) 144 exemplaren
Disappearing Acts (1998) 110 exemplaren
Ant Plays Bear (1997) 106 exemplaren
Me Tarzan (2000) 105 exemplaren
Tarot Says Beware (1995) 105 exemplaren
Bingo Brown's Guide to Romance (1988) 97 exemplaren
Bingo Brown, Gypsy Lover (1600) 96 exemplaren
The winged colt of Casa Mia (1973) 94 exemplaren
The Glory Girl (1750) 92 exemplaren
Death's Door (1997) 77 exemplaren
Little Horse (2002) 75 exemplaren
Rama the Gypsy Cat (1966) 62 exemplaren
The Black Tower (2006) 54 exemplaren
Go and Hush the Baby (1971) 46 exemplaren
King of Murder (2006) 43 exemplaren
Boo's Dinosaur (2006) 34 exemplaren
Little Horse on His Own (2004) 34 exemplaren
The Joy Boys (1996) 32 exemplaren
The Lace Snail (1975) 20 exemplaren
Boo's Surprise (2009) 19 exemplaren
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Medewerker; Redacteur — 10 exemplaren
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Redacteur; Medewerker — 6 exemplaren
Clementine (1962) 4 exemplaren
The dancing camel (1965) 4 exemplaren
Bingo! (1989) 3 exemplaren
Completely Wild Stories (1998) 3 exemplaren
A Bean Birthday (1996) 2 exemplaren
Die geheimnisvolle Mondnacht (1995) 2 exemplaren
The Groober (1967) 2 exemplaren
Best of Betsy Byars (1985) 1 exemplaar

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Scary Stories to Read When It's Dark (2000) — Medewerker — 100 exemplaren
The Illustrated Treasury of Modern Literature for Children (1985) — Medewerker — 64 exemplaren
Love Stories (1997) — Medewerker — 11 exemplaren


Algemene kennis

Officiële naam
Byars, Betsy Cromer
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Plaats van overlijden
Seneca, South Carolina, USA
Seneca, South Carolina, USA
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Furman University
Queens College (BA|English, 1950)
Myers, Laurie (daughter)
Duffey, Betsy (daughter)
Prijzen en onderscheidingen
Regina Medel (lifetime achievement ∙ 1987)
Newbery Medal 1971
Korte biografie
Married Ed Byars June 24, 1950, had three daughters and a son.




A great book to teach kids not to watch a lot of tv and to focus on the real world.
skhan82 | 1 andere bespreking | Apr 11, 2024 |
The summer she turns fourteen, Sara feels upset and dissatisfied about almost everything. Exasperated by her family. Disgruntled that her older sister is pretty and popular, and she’s not. Frustrated with her younger brother, who is mentally disabled and non-verbal. She loves him, but gets impatient sometimes. In this short novel that takes place over little more than twenty-four hours, Sara argues with her sister, frets about her hair, despairs over the color of her shoes, and is angry at a boy from school who supposedly stole her brother Charlie’s watch. It’s one of his few treasured possessions, that brings him calm when he listens to the second hand ticking. Then some swans fly over town and land on the lake near their house. Sara takes Charlie to see them. He is captivated by their beauty and grace, so quietly gliding on the still dark water. It’s hard for Sara to drag him away when it’s time to go home. Later that night, Charlie goes missing. Sara is sure he went back alone to see the swans on the lake, but nobody can find him. In the tense, anxious search for her brother, Sara realizes that all the other things she’d been upset about don’t really matter. (And that boy she was angry with turns out the be kind and helpful, not a thief). Things are looking up on the final pages. It does have a happy ending.

This book won a Newberry Award. I’m pretty sure I read it a long time ago, some parts felt very familiar to me. It does feel quite dated, the dialog in particular is so seventies feeling. But still a very good read.
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jeane | 65 andere besprekingen | Mar 18, 2024 |
6.5/10, a rather monotonous book that doesn't capture my attention, maybe it's the writing style.
Law_Books600 | 20 andere besprekingen | Nov 3, 2023 |
Fun read about a dysfunctional family with plenty of plot for an adult to enjoy. I finished it in one sitting by staying up late...for me, that's a compliment.
fuzzi | 3 andere besprekingen | Oct 31, 2023 |



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