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Sara's life has always flowed smoothly, like the gliding swans on the lake, until her little brother Charlie disappears. Then Sara is forced to see her life in a whole new way.

A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.

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SCHOOL & LIBRARY BINDING Very Good 0881032395 1981 Puffins Books; **20TH PRINTING; HC; Cover: shelf & edge wears, o/w great; Fore-edge: minor age grime/tanning; Content: minor ... page tanning, few dog-eared pages, o/w clean, tight & unmarked; Ships Quick. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Sara's life has always flowed smoothly, like the gliding swans on the lake, until her little brother Charlie disappears. Then Sara is forced to see her life in a whole new way.

A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Play Day is approaching, but Cat Kinsey, the fastest runner at school, won't be participating in the races because her old-fashioned, bull-headed father won't allow her to wear pants even while playing sports. Cat is so busy being angry at her family that she doesn't have time to think about bigger problems-the Depression, for instance-until circumstances involve her with a family of ``Okies'' who work on a nearby farm. Cat's gripes seem small compared with the obstacles facing the Perkinses, who have lost both their land and their house to dust storms. Now, camping out in an old Studebaker, the Perkinses work long hours just to make enough money for food. Cat can offer the family little besides sympathy until the youngest Perkins, Samantha, catches pneumonia and Cat, running the most important race of her life, fetches a doctor in the nick of time. Snyder (The Egypt Game) gracefully demonstrates the strength and pride of the Perkins family. With equal skill, she relates how Cat's initial repugnance of ``Okies'' evolves into enormous compassion-which extends to her own family as well. This tender historical novel is as moving as it is insightful. Ages 8-12. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This story features another independent, feisty girl, Catherine Kensey, aka Cat. Set in California during the Depression, Cat, 11, is the fastest runner in her school. Refusing to run in the Play Day Races because her father, a strict conservative, will not allow her to buy slacks, she believes her class will lose. It is the new boy, an Okie, who wins the race barefooted. He doesn't care what others think. Slowly Zane and Cat begin an uneasy friendship. She is appalled by the shanty town where his family live but it is his sister, Sammy, 5, who affects Cat deeply and forces her to dramatic action. Cat learns how quickly people's economic status can change. Snyder never preaches but allows the children to take action and grow as people. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7A solitary girl joins forces with a boy who is ostracized because his family are "Okies," racing for medical help against weather elements, prejudice, and time when his little sister is stricken with pneumonia. Expertly paced, with a vivid sense of life during the Great Depression. (Nov. 1994)
Stephanie Zvirin
A small town in California during the Depression is the setting for Snyder's latest, which explores family relationships and prejudice. To spite her father, who won't allow her to wear slacks, Cat Kinsey, fastest runner in her school, decides not to compete in the annual school Play Day. When Zane Perkins, an Okie (his family is really from Texas), wins, she's miffed, not only because Zane's actually fast, but also because he's part of a social group her father and stepsister routinely disdain. When she meets Zane's little sister Sammy, though, Cat recognizes intolerance for what it is and, in the process of becoming involved with the Perkinses, learns to see her own family in a clearer light. Snyder loses touch with the Kinseys, whom she so dramatically characterizes at the outset, but she imparts a good deal about the lot of Dust Bowl nomads and orchestrates Cat's change from self-absorbed child to caring young woman with energy and enough verisimilitude to keep readers pleasantly involved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881032390
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 7/28/1981
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 142
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Good.

    I have to say the book was pretty good. Charlie I felt should have had more attention and that the book wasn't very detailed but it was better than others. So if you need to read a book for a book report or something else than this book might be a good back up.


    :-)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

    Okay

    The book was okay. I liked it but saying the retarted really I think ofended some readers. By saying Charlie was retarted I thought was little cruel. I would have said he needed more attention than others or had special needs. I understand that this takes place in 1996-1997 because people don't have cell-phones.If you enjoy books that are surprising and you want gasp then read this book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Summer of the swans

    I enjoyed reading this book, but it was kind of uneventful. At the part when Charlie gets lost, you read both sides of thr story.
    This makes this book have no suspense because you already know what is happening to Charlie. Betsy Byars is a good author though. I would recommend this book to people who don't like suspenseful books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    The best book ever!!!!

    This is my favorite book!!! i read it 3 times!!!! A must read!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    nice

    this looks like a very good book according to the sample i read..... i would reccomend buying it:)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    Love it! Shows how real girls feel

    I loved it! Who wouldn't it? Anyway this is the BEST i've read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Summmer of the swans

    I think this book was kind of cruel talking about a mentaly challenged child and about the family not actually caring. With out the cruel parts it is a good book for the 6th-7th grade reading level. Good comprehention story and makes an actual point in the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    What I Think

    I think that the book was great for a 7th grade level reader. At the beginning I could really relate to this book. The way Sara's family acts is kinda the same way my family acts. And at the end it was very exciting. The way the story was told you could actualy see it in your mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    Summer of the Swans

    I think that The Summer of the Swans was pretty good book. It was becauseit was intereting, true for some teens, and I always wanted to see what happened next. I think that if you read this novel that you will enjoy it too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2007

    The difference between kids and adults

    This story tells kids, precisely, that there is no prejudice with kids as there is with grownups, and that a poor child with one background can be the friend of another with a completely different background.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2015

    BORING

    This is the most boring book ever,worst book of all time nothing happens no action, nothing good ,DON'T READ

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  • Posted January 27, 2015

    Betsy Byars's "The Summer of the Swans" is a coming of

    Betsy Byars's "The Summer of the Swans" is a coming of age and self-discovery book of a young girl, Sara, who has a younger brother, Charlie, unable to speak after an illness he experienced as a toddler. She, along with her older sister Wanda, help their Aunt Willie take care of him. One day, the unspeakable happens. Charlie is missing. Frantically, the entire neighborhood looks for him.
    This is a great story and an easy read for middle school children. They will witness Sara's struggle to value who she is and forgive those who have wronged her. This book also has a little adventure. Recommended for girls and boys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Summer if rthe swans

    Sucks

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Summer of the swans

    I am reading this book in school it rocks and is totally awesome and very fun to read;)!Everyone should read it cause its great and so so very touching to me andIcould read it over and over again no matter what or how many times that I read it.We should all try and read it. It might be sad but it is touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Havent read yet

    Is it good ? I wan' t to know befor i buy it

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    TTYLXOX

    TTYLXOX

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Ttylxox

    Charlie gets lost!!!!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Summer of the swans is an okay book

    Its not bthe best bok u have everf read but it is good still so its in the middle

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Hope its good

    I have not read it yet but im hoping for the best

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Good Book!

    The Summer of the Swans is a good book because it teaches us we should not treat other people bad because they are different. Sara and her Brother Charlie live with their aunt because their mom died. Charlie can't talk because he had an illness when he was little. People think he is retarded. Sara is unhappy because she has to take care of Charlie most of the time. Sara has no time for herself. Sara takes Charlie to the lake to see the swans. Sara wants to go home but Charlie doesn't. Charlie got mad because Sara made him leave. The next day Sara woke up and Charlie was missing. Everyone felt guilty because they treated Charlie bad and they didn't pay attention to him. When you read this book you will see what it like to be treated different because of a disability.

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