Betsy Byars


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in Charlotte, North Carolina, The United States
August 07, 1928

Died
February 26, 2020

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Betsy Byars was an American author of children's books. She wrote over sixty books for young people. Her first novel was published in 1962. Her novel Summer of the Swans won the 1971 Newbery Medal. She also received a National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The Night Swimmers and an Edgar Award for Wanted ... Mud Blossom!!

Daughters Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers are also writers.
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Average rating: 3.71 · 24,217 ratings · 2,303 reviews · 88 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Summer of the Swans

3.60 avg rating — 10,068 ratings — published 1970 — 57 editions
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The Pinballs

3.86 avg rating — 2,952 ratings — published 1977 — 11 editions
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Tornado

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3.93 avg rating — 1,316 ratings — published 1996 — 11 editions
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The Midnight Fox

3.75 avg rating — 1,078 ratings — published 1968 — 32 editions
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Keeper of the Doves

3.66 avg rating — 431 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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The SOS File

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3.81 avg rating — 362 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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Trouble River

3.41 avg rating — 387 ratings — published 1969 — 17 editions
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The Dark Stairs (Herculeah ...

3.81 avg rating — 408 ratings — published 1994 — 19 editions
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Wanted... Mud Blossom (Blos...

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3.60 avg rating — 397 ratings — published 1991 — 22 editions
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The 18th Emergency

3.65 avg rating — 454 ratings — published 1973 — 28 editions
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“When I type a title page, I hold it and I look at it and I think, I just need four thousand sentences to go with this and I’ll have a book.”
Betsy Byars, The Moon and I

“It was as if her life was a huge kaleidoscope, and the kaleidoscope had been turned and now everything was changed. The same stones shaken, no longer made the same design.”
Betsy Byars, The Summer Of The Swans

“I have cried over myself a hundred times this summer, she thought, I have wept over my big feet and my skinny legs and my nose, I have even cried over my stupid shoes, and now when I have true sadness there are no tears left.”
Betsy Byars, The Summer of the Swans

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