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by Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars
Children's Author, Newbery Award Winner

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The Plot

Looking after an eccentric scientist's greenhouse doesn't seem strange until Mozie notices a large, mummy-shaped pod on one of the plants.

cover Betsy Says

One of the things that's important to me is getting the names right, and I couldn't think of a good name for Mozie's friend. Then one day I was out in the yard talking to my neighbor. Her name's Batson. and she started telling me a story and then she interrupted herself to say, "Now, I'm not taking about Little Batty - I'm talking about Big Batty." That's how Batty Batson got his name.

Also I didn't have a name for the beauty contestant. Then one day I stopped at a red light and looked at a sign on a gas station that said Valvoline. Yes!

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