Summer of the Swans, The (Puffin Modern Classics) [NOOK Book]

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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Summer of the Swans, The (Puffin Modern Classics)

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101006894
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/12/2004
  • Series: Puffin Modern Classics
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 110,815
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 220 KB

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 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.


    :-)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

    A Lovely Book, 37 Years Later

    I first read this book in 1972, when I was in the fifth grade. I loved it because Sara's restlessness reminded me of myself at that time. I could really relate to Sara's impatience with her younger brother, Charlie, and her fierce loyalty to him as well; her envy of her beautiful, older sister, Wanda, her hatred of Joe Melby, and her exasperation with her Aunt Willie. I just finished re-reading the book with my son, a fourth grader. He really enjoyed it. He liked the characters, and the ending. I thought that the book really held up well after all these years (although my son wanted to know what kind of tv show "Green Acres" was!) I still feel that it captures the universal feelings and the inner conflicts of tweens and teenagers realistically, without being "preachy."

    3 out of 3 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 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Summer Of The Swans: an enjoyable, entertaining book... (not just for teenage girls)

    The Summer of the Swans was enjoyable and entertaining. A beautiful quick read with discriptive and illustrative chapters. It is a very good book for older girls going through changes but it would satisfy anyones 'need to read'. The characters and circumstances are very realistic. With many laughs and heart aches, the short novel consists of a girl of her teens, shallow and outward, finding a satisfing place after a crisis between what is really important in life and what is on the out side. Many would say it was written for female teens, but anyone could get somthing from this wonderful book.

    1 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

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2011

    Summer of the Swans

    This book is about a 14 year old girl named Sara and she is having the most confusing summer that she is uncomfortable with. She feels upset all the time, and tired of her aunt, also jealous of her sisters beauty, but loves her brother the most. One day, she and her brother walked to the lake full of gliding swans, and they loved the lake. At night Charlie went out, he thought he saw a swan, confused, then got lost. They found out the next day and very worried, they were looking for charlie everywhere, his sister went out in the woods to find him. Aunt Willie was so worried that she called the police. But luckily Sara found him and cried out. Charlie was hurt, hungry, and sad but when he saw his sister, he cheered up.

    I think this book was okay, but kind of boring, there are not many characters to think of. The story had no funny parts that I like, and not as popping. But it was still good, I'd give the book 3 out of five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    Look Back What We Leave Behide

    The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars is the realistic fiction about the family story that I feel warm ,and when I finish reading this book, we have to take a look back to our family. I spend about three days to finish this book but what this book give me back is much more three days. Actually, this is the children book, but I myself fall in love this book(I am 22 years old). This book gives me a great opportunity to realize whatever I do, it has affected to others in my family or not. Sara, the main character, is my favorite character. It's not because she has big feet loke me, but she has a handicape brother like me. However, I've never paid attention too much like her. So that I review myself as a bad brother. This book is appropriate to children in grade-3rd-6th. It would be great for them to read this family book because it can make them realize other people in the different ages and it can be a chance for them to look back to their family.

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