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The Summer of the Swans

by Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars
Children's Author, Newbery Award Winner

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The longest day in the life of a 14-year-old girl - the summer day her loved, mentally retarded brother is lost, the day she discovers compassion in an enemy.

cover Betsy Says

I was living in West Virginia when I started this book.   I was taking part in a volunteer program in which ordinary people, like myself, were trained to go into schools and help kids with learning problems.

I tutored a third grade girl and a first grade boy.   Although Charlie was one of those kids, I never would have written the book if I had not had the experience of knowing them. Not only did they have serious problems in learning, but also in dealing with the way other kids treated them.

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