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Keeper of the Doves

by Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars
Children's Author, Newbery Award Winner

 The Plot

In the late 1800’s, Amen McBee and her four sisters both fear and torment the reclusive and, maybe, sinister Mr. Tominski

cover Betsy Says

I love getting a new name – a name no writer I know has used before – names like Bingo and Herculeah.  So when I got the name Amen, I was thrilled.  I knew, right away, how she got the name.  She had four older sisters whose names all begin with A, and her father, who’d been hoping for a son said, “Amen.”

A sister says, “Papa, that’s not a name.  That’s something you say at the end of a pray.”

“It is the end of a prayer – a prayer for a son!”

I decided right away, that the book would have 26 chapters and that each would begin with a letter of the alphabet.  That’s how I started the book – with 26 sheets of paper with a letter of the alphabet at the top of each one.

I hope you’ll enjoy Amen, her sisters and the scary Mr. Tominski. keeper of the doves.

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Betsy Byars
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