The Cybil War

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As soon as Cybil grins and crosses her eyes at Simon, he's in love. But the road to Cybil's heart is bumpy--mainly because of Simon's best friend, Tony, whose outrageous lies keep Cybil and Simon apart. "Young love, fifth-grade variety, portrayed with warmth and humor and that extra, penetrating touch one expects of Byars."--Kirkus Reviews. 10 illustrations.

Simon learns some hard lessons about good and bad friendships when his good friend Tony's stories involve him ...

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As soon as Cybil grins and crosses her eyes at Simon, he's in love. But the road to Cybil's heart is bumpy--mainly because of Simon's best friend, Tony, whose outrageous lies keep Cybil and Simon apart. "Young love, fifth-grade variety, portrayed with warmth and humor and that extra, penetrating touch one expects of Byars."--Kirkus Reviews. 10 illustrations.

Simon learns some hard lessons about good and bad friendships when his good friend Tony's stories involve him in some very troublesome and complicated situations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745114033
  • Publisher: AudioGO
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. "In all of my school years, . . . not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. "Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love. I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn't grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon.

First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn't emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post, Look,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter.

"Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I'm never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books — something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wingscopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Still great 25 years later

    When I was a fifth grade teacher, this book was our small group readings. When I gave them a "teaser" of the book, every kid in the class wanted to read it. Well, the kids absolutely loved this book (even when i had my kids draw a pictute of T-Bone in a costume. The pictures were halarious). From what I remember, the story centered around two boys who liked the same girl. Turns out that the girl actually had eyes for one of them but I won't tell who.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    cutey

    this nook is awesome except the wi-fi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Cybil War

    I really liked the book The Cybil War! My favorite chapter was ¿Two For the Show¿ when Tony¿s aunt¿s poodle was dressed up like a baby. The baby costume was great! What I disliked was the character Tony. He was always mean to Simon! I thought that it was sort of silly for Simon to have a museum of sad setences . Someone with a crush on another person might like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Cybil War

    I like the book,The Cybil war, because the characters are kind of nice. Cybil, Simon, and Tony are great because they are friendly and helpful. They show friendship just the same way that children do today. This story is a great one to have kids read. It is exciting because they get to be in plays and they get to go to the museum. This really is a great book to read for fun, and it is interesting to learn about great friendships between children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2000

    THE CYBIL WAR - a book you don't want to miss!

    A witty story about two best friends that are both in love with a girl named Cybil. As the two boys' fights get worse, they have to decide: what is more important? Love or friendship?

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