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Cracker Jackson

by Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars
Children's Author, Newbery Award Winner

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The Plot

After trying and falling to save his ex-babysitter, Alma, from being abused by her husband, Cracker Jackson takes matters into his own hands.

cover Betsy Says

At first I didn't want to write the book. I thought it might be depressing. But I live in an area where there is a home for abused wives, and I couldn't get it out of my mind.

So then I said to myself, Well, if I did write the book, I would have to have a lot of humor in it to make up for the tough subject matter, and if I did write the book, all of the abuse would have to take place off-stage, and if I did write the book, the girl couldn't be Cracker's mother or sister, it would have to be someone like a neighbor or a babysitter.

And before I knew it, I was writing the book.

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