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The summer of the swans
Byars, Betsy Cromer.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : LRS, 2000.

Physical Description:
152 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 25 cm.
A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 4.0 87.
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X Juvenile Large Print Central Closed Stacks

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Fifteen-year-old Sara Godfrey is having the worst summer of her life. Her face is too flat, her feet are too big, her legs are too skinny, and her opinions about everything seem to change from one minute to the next. But when Sara's younger brother Charlie suddenly disappears, she has a real problem on her hands: Charlie is mentally retarded, and Sara is the only person who can find him. A touching story that transforms enemies into friends, alienation into acceptance, and an ugly duckling into a young swan.

Author Notes

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, using bits of her own experience to flavor her characters. She is author of more than 23 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).

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Sara matures in the summer of her fourteenth year as she develops a sense of responsibility for her retarded younger brother, sorts out relationships with family and friends, and comes to terms with a lingering inner turmoil. A poignant and humorous novel dealing with the emotional concerns of most adolescents.