The Summer of the Swans

The Summer of the Swans

Betsy Byars / Apr 05, 2020
The Summer of the Swans The orange sneakers were typical of her mood One minute Sara had been rather fond of them The next she detested them thought them as gross as her enormous feet her impossible body her ridiculous ha
  • Title: The Summer of the Swans
  • Author: Betsy Byars
  • ISBN: 9780881032390
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The orange sneakers were typical of her mood One minute Sara had been rather fond of them The next she detested them, thought them as gross as her enormous feet, her impossible body, her ridiculous hair And that was how it had been all summer The elation of one moment would give way to tears the next, with no warning, for no reason.
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      • Betsy Byars

        Betsy Byars has written over sixty books for young people Her first published in 1962 and since then she has published regularly Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and she gets thousands of letters from readers in the United States and from all over the world.She has won many awards Among them are the Newbery Medal in 1971 for her novel The Summer of the Swans, the American Book Award in 1981 for The Night Swimmers, The Edgar for the best mystery for young people in 1992 for WantedMud Blossom and the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association for the body of her work She especially values her many state awards which were voted on by the readers of the state.Betsy attended public schools in North Carolina and graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, NC with a major in English She began her writing career five years after her graduation by publishing short magazine articles As she began to read to her children, her interest in writing for young people began.Our Home Betsy lives with her husband Ed on an air strip in South Carolina They are both pilots, and the bottom floor of their house is a hangar so they can taxi out and take off, almost from their front yard The top floor of the house Betsy s studio

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    1. We finished Summer of the Swans the other day amazing how long it takes for us to read such a teenie little book I wasunderwhelmed All the teachers who recommended it raved about it, but I didn t see what the big deal was It centers around the relationship between a sister and her mentally challenged younger brother, who gets lost in West Virginia mine country The idea itself was good, but the story was slow, and then it ended very abruptly I would have prefered it better if the story had focuse [...]


    2. I read this with the kids It s a nice enough story about teenage angst that touches on some interesting subjects including deceased mothers, absent fathers, mentally handicapped children Unfortunately, it only grazes the surface of these issues and reads with about as much intensity of a corporate video about Mutual Respect Yes, it is well written, has great imagery, and it won a Newberry award, but I think it is too simple a story to take seriously Even the description of the swans was flat Eve [...]


    3. Yes, it won a major book award and it must have been a VERY bad year for children s books for this to win This was such a disappointment after enjoying Betsy Byars The Winged Colt of Casa Mia.Color me nutty, but if a book is titled The SUMMER of the Swans, perhaps swans should somehow be part of a whole summer instead of just two friggin days.I guess this was one of the first books to deal with an autistic child long before the word autism was coined The child gets lost in the woods at night Too [...]




    4. Simple story Typical teenage girl beginning to face uncertainty about herself although her life has been full of challenges Not a very fast paced book but it s short so it doesn t take long to read Not the most uplifting book, but offers a small silver lining at the end I m surprised it won the Newbery Award since it seemed fairly simple The swans play a fairly small role despite the book s title There is no foul language or use of God s name No sexual references, not even kissing There is the d [...]


    5. This probably would be better if it was longer as is, it feels like an overlong short story Underdeveloped all around, and terribly dated Compared to this, RULES is a masterpiece.Incidentally, I notice that a disproportionate number of Newberys take place in West Virginia, which is pretty odd.



    6. A standalone fictional novel for young adults revolving around fourteen year old Sara, just hitting puberty with all the angst of it.In 1971, The Summer of the Swans won the Newbery Medal.My TakePuberty is hitting Sara hard, and Byars is absolutely brilliant in her depiction of the angst and drama of a young teen with the frustrations about her father and her impatience with her little brother this rings so true of sibling relationships Her intense sense of right and wrong as well as her desire [...]


    7. I re read this book that I loved so much as a child Basically, this book is perfect The trend in children s books now is that you have to grab the reader by the throat in the opening line and have non stop action But this gentle, contemplative book is of its time the 70s and is essentially character driven I remember as a nine year old thinking this book was really deep and I still think so Also, I was really amazed at Betsy Byears dead on portrayal of autism, even though she doesn t call it tha [...]


    8. I read this one as a child I am sure I did I am certain because I was as obsessive as a youngster as I am now I set out to read every Newbery Award winning book when I was about ten, and this 1970 award winner was on the list in 1979 The problem is that I couldn t remember whether I liked it or not After reading it today, it became clear why it is about as memorable as vanilla ice cream It s not bad, it just isn t great My fifth grade girls who read it for their literature circle enjoyed it, and [...]


    9. The ending was disappointing, the dialogue seemed very odd I didn t even like the main character most of the time I m not really sure why it was a Newbery winner, unless it was the fact that it dealt with the subject of mental disabilities.


    10. 2.5This was of a reading assignment than a novel I thought the relationship between Sara and her handicapped brother was sweet, but nothing else about this story was earth shattering Really just a bit boring I wonder how influenced I am as a reader by the cover Look at it Blah I blame the cover But I can t say that because that would make me THAT person So, no Not the cover But, look at it


    11. A sweet story about a girl and her special needs brother A quiet voice and an honest narrativea nice story Audio version is well done.


    12. Summary This book was about a girl named Sara and her brother named Charlie Charlie is a boy who had brain problems and health problems when he was really little Charlie has never spoken before he can understand what people say to him but he will not respond in words but will nod his head in response to what you had said to him Charlie and Sara one day decide that they were going to look at the swans at the lake before they were to move to a different lake Well they had a great time while there [...]


    13. This book is about a sister and a brother and there having fun during the summer but I think she should have said that but not yet.It frist stared when sara had to go to a new school and she didn know anybody ay that school and then these girls came up to me and said what is wrong with you look at your face and your whole body then theysaid that and she ran as fast as she could to get home.But do you know what I whould have said to those girls i love the way I look and that 9is the way god made [...]


    14. The summer of the swans is a girl that is on a summer vacatione never had the perfect summer and shes had 14 summers thats gone bad for her.This summer its about to be different for hereres a girl named Sara with a brother named Charlie and a pet named Boysie.Sara did not want to go on the vacation the summer.Her aunt are coming with her.her aunt names are aunt willie they went to a place in a house.when they get there she went in and she helped to bring the rest of the stuff mornig Sara woke up [...]


    15. Sara Godfrey is 14 and facing a host of emotional turmoil about her looks, her shoe size, her hair but is unsure why this and, what seems to be, everything else in her life, bother her Her older sister, Wanda s independence infuriates Sara having to be ever responsible for her younger, developmentally delayed, brother Charlie is a nuisance That is until Charlie goes missing and Sara is forced to rely on the help of a boy she thought was her enemy to find her brother This story encompasses aspect [...]


    16. This book packed a lot into a few short pages and I can see why it won the Newbery Medal Excellent story about 14 year old Sara, her older sister Wanda, and their mentally handicapped younger brother Charlie who all live with their aunt in West Virginia There s a lot to talk about here Sara is struggling with the typical teenage problems that seem so important when you re 14, but also with the loss of her mother six years before, her distant father who works in another state, being raised by her [...]


    17. Wow, a lot going on in those 140 pages And not in a busy sort of way The tale itself is actually refreshingly simple I love the portrayal of Charlie, his innocence and wonder shines through the eyes of the narrator in a way that if he were to be given dialogue could not compare I love the loyalty shown in a confident sister, Sara, and her fierce protection over her mentally disabled brother One day she s crying about her puce shoes and the next afraid for the life of someone she truly cares abou [...]


    18. Life is so confusing at fourteen You re growing up but your body is a mess Your emotions take you on a roller coaster ride.None of that matters when your little brother disappears on night Brain damaged in an illness, he doesn t talk, can t tell where he is, depends on things staying the same But the swans are so beautiful on the lake he must go to see them again.Where is her brother How do you find a boy who will be terrified when searchers start combing the woods This is a good coming of age b [...]


    19. This book is filled with teenage girl drama that may annoy some, but others will be able to identify with.Sara s mother died Aunt Willie is raising Sara, her sister, and brother Charlie, the younger brother, is mentally challenged and is often teased The girls have to care for Charlie who is often not compliant, but is difficult to deal with.Predictable, but could be good to listen to and discuss the audiobook on a family vacation.


    20. I m sorry, but this was just a dumb book The protagonist is completely shallow and unlikable and the story and themes were hardly developed This is a classic tale of you don t know what you ve got till it s gone to quote Joni Mitchell , but it s so straightforward and simple that I really don t see what distinguishes this story Also, a minor peeve I would expect a story called The Summer of the Swans to take place over than two days time.


    21. Not much to this book A short story with slightly annoying characters again, not the best audio bookybe I m too picky about who reads to me In 1970, a story centered around a mentally handicapped boy was extraordinary, I m sure In 2017, I recommend Rules instead.


    22. I really did like this book, but it felt entirely to short I feel like the ideas were there, but the surface of the various topics death, absentee parents, coping with mentally challenged persons were barely realized It definitely could have been longer, but I still did enjoy it



    23. If you are looking for something to read do NOT READ THIS BOOK If you are even thinking about it DON T This book was totally boring.


    24. Newbery Award 1971It is amazing that Byars packed so much into a book that spans only a few days Powerful book about family growing up.


    25. For some reason, this novel is incredibly difficult to find at the library, but I managed to find it a local thrift shop for 50 cents It s the cheapest therapy I could have purchased.I love how emotionally raw this story is, how connected I felt to Sara s upside down life She s not as beautiful as her older sister Wanda, not as organized as her strict Aunt Willie and she somewhat resents both of them because of that To some, Sara might undergo too much teenage angst I thought the same upon begin [...]


    26. I had to give this book 3 stars, which suprised me I read it when it first came out because I was intrigued by the cover art I had a sort of like hate relationship with the story it s a total downer until the very end, and the end is very strange However, it stayed with me When I picked it up yesterday to re read it after decades, I was amazed at how much of the text had stayed with me word for word over the years If that s the case, it must have had an impact Hardly a Summer , the story takes p [...]


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