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The Midnight Fox

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  525 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Tom dislikes spending the summer on his aunt's farm until he discovers a black fox in the forest and tracks her to her den.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 30th 1981 by Puffin Books (first published 1968)
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I enjoyed the book a lot because of the enthusiasm and heart warming details it has in it. I would most definitely recommend this book to someone who loves animals or adventures.I wanted to keep reading to finish this book because it just grabs your attention with the words it just describes the characters so well and gives so much information and grabs your attention that you wont want to put it down.THe book created a heart warming feeling just a good book that will make you smile. When i rea ...more
Joy Manne
Sep 09, 2013 Joy Manne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joy by: Part of a Faber classics set
I declare an interest. I'm learning and aspiring to become a children's writer.
This book is character driven. The characters are rich, rounded and realistic characters. No stereotypes. No platitudes. No fear of offending. No judgements. The fat girl asks for a banana spread with peanut butter when she's stressed. Yes, that's what fat people do. They use food to manage their unhappiness. And thin people don't eat when they are stressed. That's real life. Betsy Byars has created two imaginative b
It has been a very long time since I first read this book. I'm not sure what made it pop into my head, but I am glad it did. Right from the beginning I was hooked. What a lead!

Sometimes at night when the read is beating against the windows of my room, I think about that summer on the farm. It has been finve years, but when I close my eyes I am once again y the creek watching the black fox come leaping over the green, green grass. She is as light and free as the wind, exactly as she was the first
Marika Gillis
The Midnight Fox is a lovely and simple story about nine-year-old Tom whose parents have decided to go on a biking tour of Europe. Much to Tom's dismay, they decide to send him to his aunt and uncle's farm for their two month vacation. While at the farm, Tom stumbles upon a black fox who lives nearby, and spends the summer observing the animal.

For a child used to exciting video games and the flashy images on a television screen, this story may be a bit slow-paced; but it is beautifully written!
This book was incredibly STUPID. the main character goes to live on a farm with his aunt and uncle for the summer, and sees a black fox. big whoop. most of the book is him thinking about or telling his aunt and uncle about things he does with his best friend. I don't even remember the main character's name; just that he's always talking about his best friend Petie Burkus. Yes, he talks about his best friend so much that I still remember his name THREE YEARS after reading the book. The only reaso ...more
Izzie loved it so much she wants to give it 10 out of 5 :)

This is the story of 9 year old Tom who has to reluctantly go and spend the summer on his mother's cousins' farm whilst his parents go on holiday to Europe without him. At first he feels abandoned and resentful, unwilling to get to know these new people or this new place, but once he sees the black fox he becomes not only curious about her, but about his new environment too.

Beautifully written, humorous and tense (oh how I did not want t
I read this book in fourth grade, and there are a few things that I still remember about it:

-the etchings in the suitcase
-the word "ravine"
-the scene where the main character (I can't even recall his name) has a dream where he discovers a new color
A fine story about a young boy having a lonely summer, but then he meets a black fox, and learns much about himself and animals.
Re-kindled my love for Betsy Byars...
"Growing Taller in Moral Courage”

Ten-year-old Tom resents being obliged to spend the summer at the farm of his relatives, while his parents bicycle through Europe. As an only child he amuses himself making models and indulging in crazy games of imagination with his bet pal, Petie. Sure that the two months will prove a washout, Tom arrives with quiet dignity and is outwardly obedient, but he harbors privately gloom. He rarely speaks, shows enthusiasm for their attempts to amuse him, or even gra
Rodney Haydon
I picked this up this very morning in the clearance section of Half Price Books for a dollar. The experience I felt reading it was worth much more. I don’t know if this would resonate with 10-year olds nowadays, but this is the kind of story I really enjoyed reading back then. I might as well confess that I still enjoy reading these type of stories today. Recommended.
Janith Pathirage
Such a heartwarming little book. If you're having a stressful day, there's nothing better you can do than reading few pages of this book to get your mood fixed. Even though this story's for children I've no doubt that any adult can enjoy this the same. Highly recommended for anyone who misses their childhood so bad. This'll bring back lot of memories
Over all, it is a good book, though it does have a couple of flaws. One is that the grammer is off in places (Say a poem instead of read a poem or recite a poem...) There were times in the book when I didn't like the girl Hazeline - too focused on being fat and she seemed to accept the fur industry too well, but I suppose, because it was published in the late sixites you would expect that. Because we have had our own fox families I do find that the book sums up the feelings I have about those pr ...more
Read because it's a classic and a library ebook and I have a reading project going to pass on recs to the niece and nephew, enjoyed a lot more than I expected, just like Tom did the farm. It's dated, but enjoyably (I liked Hazeline the most. That's the best name.).
I had forgotten how I enjoy Betsy Byars' writing style. Using almost stream of consciousness she tells many stories at once. The main plot is about a boy who unwillingly goes to stay in the country and becomes involved with the life of a fox. Predictable, but the boy's thoughts wander and the reader ends up learning a lot about his friends, his life in the city, his uncle, his likes and dislikes. Nicely done.
Mary Ann
I absolutely loved this book! It is an easy book to read and children can read it in a day if not interrupted. It helps if you are an animal lover. For educators, this book will generate great discussions.
I have to admit that I was not terribly interested in the book when I began, but I had not choice since it was a pre-selected book for a reading group I had to teach. In the very first couple of pages I decided that the main character was whiny and unbearable and could not wait to be done. I was surprised when I finished the book to realize that I had thoroughly enjoyed the read and was even slightly disappointed that it was over. I love the main character's scenarios that play in his head about ...more
Varsha Seshan
Sometimes, when a book is powerful, you need to read it slowly so that you aren't overwhelmed. 'The Midnight Fox' is like that.
I really enjoyed the dialogue, and the protagonist was immensely likable. But the plot was slight and I also found it light on explanation for the boy's fascination with the fox. Still, glad I read it.
A slow moving book...was thinking of doing this with my class but now I've read it again, I'm not sure it'll keep their interest for long enough.
Ann Moody
For an old book, this was a nice read with a good message. It was required reading for school but enjoyable as well.
I thought tom was sweet to help the fox
Mrs. Katz
The Midnight Fox is about a boy named Tommy who stayed on a farm for a whole summer with his Aunt Millie, Uncle Fred and cousin. Tommy saw a fox. He wanted to learn about the fox and he did learn more about foxes. I think the author is trying to say to save animals from getting killed.

I liked this book because it is an adventure book and it leaves you thinking "what is going to happen." It is an adventure when Tommy and Uncle Fred were looking for a fox den. I would recommend this book to peopl
Daniel Strauss
The first fulltext story that I read.
Susan Katz
This was a 5-star book for me because of its blend of lyricism and humor. Tom falls in love with the beauty of the black fox, and his summer comes to focus around his sense of connection to her and her cub. At the same time, his friendship with his best friend Petie and his cousin Hazeline add an element of the comic day-to-day. I think I remember reading somewhere that Betsy Byars said this was one of her own favorites among her many books. Mine too.
Mohammad Tavakol Moghadam
یکی از کتابایی بود که دوران کودکی عاشقش بودم
دو بار خوندمش. نثر جذاب و درگیر کننده ای داره برای گروه سنی هدفش
وقتی یاد دوران کودکی ام میفتم حتما از این کتاب یاد می کنم
My daughter read this in class and begged me to read it because she loved it so much. A sweet story about a 9-year old boy who is reluctantly sent to his aunt and uncle's farm for the summer. He finds beauty and a sort of camaraderie with an elusive black fox.
The Midnight Fox is a very interesting book. In class we read this book and I loved it so much I had to read it again and again. So far I have read this book five times. I suggest this book for you or any of your kids. :)
Ata Anwar
not my favorite book but its great if you like animal and adventure books its about a boy who is board out of his mind and a Black Fox as you read on the boy gets to know himself and the black fox more and more
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Betsy 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
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