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The Blossom Family

by Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars
Children's Author, Newbery Award Winner

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The Plot

The Not-Just-Anybody Family. With Junior in the hospital, Pap in jail and their mom off with the rodeo, Maggie and Vern have to settle the family problems.

The Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady. When Junior gets caught in his own coyote trap, he is rescued by Mad Mary and begins an unforgettable adventure.

The Blossoms and the Green Phantom. Disasters befall the Blossoms as Pap falls in a dumpster and can't get out, Junior tries to make a success of his secret invention and Vern dreads his new friend meeting his unusual family.

A Blossom Promise. In the aftermath of a big flood, a tragedy befalls the Blossoms and they cope in their rare family style.

Wanted...Mud Blossom. Convinced that Mud is responsible for the disappearance of the school hamster that he was taking care of, Junior is determined that the dog stand trial for murder.

cover Betsy Says

My favorite Blossom is Mud. He was based on a real dog by that name. Some of the other characters in the Blossom books who were based on real people are Ralphie and Mad Mary. The idea for the last book Wanted..Mud Blossom came from something from my childhood. When I was a girl, I had a dog named Mac and Mac was put on trial for murder. A neighbor's prize chicken was the victim. (Mac got off, but my father still had to pay for the chicken which I did not think was fair.)

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