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The Summer of the Swans

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A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

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 never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books — something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wingscopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670681907
ill.:
Coconis, Ted
Author:
Coconis, Ted
Author:
Byars, Betsy Cromer
Author:
Byars, Betsy
Publisher:
Viking Children's Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Mentally handicapped
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Mentally handicapped -- Fiction.
Subject:
People with mental disabilities
Subject:
Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
v. 69
Publication Date:
19700331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.66 x 6 x 0.7 in 0.64 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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