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But I'll Be Back Again

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In this straightforward autobiography, Newbery medalist Cynthia Rylant describes some of the most profound influences on her life: her grandmother, a tiny town called Beaver, the Beatles (especially Paul McCartney), and Robert Kennedy.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 22nd 1993 by HarperCollins (first published 1989)
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Jun 13, 2013 Cynthia McCloud rated it it was amazing
I know myself better now that I've read this book about someone else who grew up in a similar way. Wow. She puts into words things that I didn't know I was thinking and feeling.
Rachel Terry
Jul 16, 2009 Rachel Terry rated it it was ok
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I love Cynthia Rylant's children's books, from Henry and Mudge to the YA ones like Missing May. And although it was fun to learn about her childhood, this book left me wishing for a whole lot more. I felt like it was rushed and shallow. There were a few wonderful parts, but altogether it was too short and ended before it began.
Dec 19, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing
Lovely, poignant, haunting, Cynthia Rylant's story of her childhood in West Virginia -- of her early years with her grandparents, then her mom, her heroes (the Beetles, Bobby Kennedy), friendships and first kisses -- all things that shaped her as a writer.
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I small book written for the young adult reader. The clever twist was starting each chapter with lyrics from various Beatles songs. Cute book!
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very good
Jan 15, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a bit of a throwback to another generation, but it was very revealing about the life of one of my favorite authors.
Nov 26, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it
I loved this autobiography, especially as Rylant was one of my favorite authors as a child.
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Jun 26, 2012 Stasha rated it it was amazing
Quick and real. I enjoyed reading one of my favorite author's autobiography. Abandonment, poverty, love, and faith --good stuff!
May 10, 2012 Rima rated it it was amazing
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read this when I was in high school. Read some parts again just to validate what I remember. I realized it's of my all-time favorite books.
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she ...more
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