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The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

The Summer of the Swans (original 1970; edition 1981)

by Betsy Byars (Author)

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A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her developmentally disabled brother gets lost.
Title:The Summer of the Swans
Authors:Betsy Byars (Author)
Info:Puffin Books (1981), Edition: Reissue, 129 pages
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The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (1970)


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excellent - Ruthie
  hcs_admin | Sep 28, 2022 |
I re-read this book that I loved so much as a child. Basically, this book is perfect. The trend in children's books now is that you have to grab the reader by the throat in the opening line and have non-stop action. But this gentle, contemplative book is of its time (the '70s) and is essentially character-driven. I remember as a nine-year old thinking this book was really "deep"--and I still think so! Also, I was really amazed at Betsy Byears' dead-on portrayal of autism, even though she doesn't call it that because people didn't usually receive that diagnosis back then. (Charlie had a high fever as a baby, then stopped speaking, and now stims on beautiful objects, has poor fine-motor skills, has trouble with transitions, and needs his routine.) Charlie and Sara are both very lovable characters and their small-town world is so real. ( )
  jollyavis | Dec 14, 2021 |
Sara is restless, unhappy with her life, angry at the world. Her older sister is beautiful and has a boyfriend, and her younger brother Charlie is a burden, a pest. He hasn't spoken since he had a high fever six years ago. When Charlie wanders away overnight Sara's priorities change, and she discovers friendship in those she considered enemies. Realistic, not overly-whiny as some teen stories tend to be, recommended. ( )
  fuzzi | Mar 30, 2021 |
Sara lives in West Virginia mining country with her older sister, her younger brother Charlie and her Aunt Willie. Charlie is intellectually disabled and cannot speak. This book is the story of 2 summer days in which a group of swans appears on the lake in town. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
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Sara Godfrey was lying on the bed tying a kerchief on the dog, Boysie.
There was something painfully beautiful about the swans. The whiteness, the elegance of them on this dark lake, the incredible ease of their movements made Sara catch her breath as she and Charlie rounded the clump of pines.
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 (13).
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A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her developmentally disabled brother gets lost.

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A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

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