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The Pinballs (Apple Paperbacks) by Betsy…

The Pinballs (Apple Paperbacks) (original 1977; edition 1992)

by Betsy Byars

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I think I could use this book in a classroom if I was in an alternative school, where maybe some of my students were going through a similar situation. I think it would be good for middle schoolers. During this time, students start to become aware of backgrounds of other students.

If I used this book, I could use it for a lesson on theme or characterization. ( )
  SalemSmith | Mar 8, 2016 |
I would not use this book in a classroom lesson because I don't think that all kids would relate to it or get something out of it, but i would like to have in in classroom if i was teaching fifth through eighth grade because I think it would be appropriate for some of them to see what others live like, and it could be relatable to other kids who may be in a similar situation or know someone in a similar situation. ( )
  SarahSangalli | Feb 20, 2016 |
This story taught me a lot about children who are in foster care. The stories behind each of these three main characters were very sad but they do occur in real life situations and I think that a lot of kids will enjoy reading about their stories.
  ninaberger | Sep 9, 2015 |
Always heard about this book growing up. Finally got to read it this past week and it's a decent (and sad) little story. Each of the three foster kids all had their own tragedies they had to deal with. Harvey's mother made me sad and the Benson twins were a bit freakish and Carlie annoyed me at first but then improved - which I'm sure was the author's intention. I thought it would end with them getting adopted by the Masons or at least one kid returning to their home, but nope. Will definately be reading this one to my son! ( )
  briannad84 | Nov 7, 2013 |
I loved this book as a kid and still remember it. ( )
  TommySalami | Mar 14, 2013 |
I remember reading this book in elementary school and feeling heartbroken for the characters. The characters in this book are called Pinballs because they are foster-children bounced from house to house. If you want a quick read that will have you feeling some emotion, check this book out. ( )
  booksandwine | Oct 7, 2010 |
i loved the book .It is an amazing book to read.The book is good because it talks
about kids in an foster home who have a different story behind them.And how they don't get along at frist and then by the end of the book they are all friends. ( )
  supertomato | Apr 26, 2010 |
Good book about kids in foster care, abuse, neglect but without being too graphic or unsettling for young readers. Characters are realistic, if somewhat dated, and easy to relate to. A good post reading activity would be to "finish" the story for one of the children. ( )
  AnissaAndrews | Apr 21, 2009 |
This is the story of 3 young children placed into a foster home for very different reasons. They struggle to adapt in their new enviroment as well as with each other. They feel like pinballs with no say in what happens to them.

This was a moderately good story about children put in situations they have no control of because of their age. Your heart goes out to them, you wonder what these adults are thinking as they ruin their children's lives.

This would be a good book for a short reading session. Children can empathize with these charchters quite well. ( )
  lauraklandoll | Mar 13, 2009 |
I liked the personality mix of these three foster children. Byers creates a realistic tension that resolves with the children establishing solidarity, although the theme is somewhat vague. Similar to The Great Gilly Hopkins. Surprisingly free from objectionable elements for the subject matter.
  mebrock | Jul 26, 2008 |
This is a touching and heart warming story. Carlie, Harvey and Thomas J., are three foster children, who have been taken in by the Masons. The girl, Carlie, is the oldest and the toughest of the three. She is convinced that people are not to be trusted. Harvey has two broken legs, the result of being run over by an alcoholic father and abandoned by his mother 3 years earlier. Thomas J was also abandoned; he was found as a toddler by the elderly twin sisters Benson, whose minimal love and care for him has ended when both of them are hospitalized with broken hips. The Masons provide a supportive environment that helps the three children learn to care for each other and begin to experience love and trust. This novel shows that there is not just “bad” in the world and young people can actually do something about their future. They are not just “pinballs” pushed constantly in new directions by fate or outside forces. It makes one realize that love, hope and trust are not impossible dreams, but reality and it’s available to those who are willing to believe in and accept them. ( )
  rumyana2 | Mar 10, 2008 |
Various foster children with very different backgrounds come to live together and finally become friends. A childhood favorite.
  amberella | Oct 5, 2005 |
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