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The TV Kid
     

The TV Kid

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by Betsy Byars
 

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Lennie is addicted to television. Even reruns are more exciting than real life, and Lennie likes to pretend he's the one experiencing the drama. But Lennie's daydreams lead him into a real situation that could cost him his life—and suddenly he's in trouble more terrifying and dangerous than anything he's ever seen on TV. "Byars infuses the story with her special magic

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Lennie is addicted to television. Even reruns are more exciting than real life, and Lennie likes to pretend he's the one experiencing the drama. But Lennie's daydreams lead him into a real situation that could cost him his life—and suddenly he's in trouble more terrifying and dangerous than anything he's ever seen on TV. "Byars infuses the story with her special magic. Lennie is a likable, funny, moving, and always entertaining character." — Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A daydreaming television addict encounters the real world in this comic novel by a Newbery Medalist. "Byars infuses the story with her own special magic," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Lennie and his mom have moved a lot, but now they have inherited the Fairy Land Motel. It still doesn't seem permanent, so Lennie remains attached to the one thing that seems constant-television shows. He imagines himself winning on the quiz shows, and as the starring character in dramas. Things change, however, when something big happens to him in real life. Finally, the motel seems like home and real life seems more real than television. Lennie's quick weaning from television is a bit pat, but the portrayal of a loner with an active fantasy life is believable and engrossing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606034951
Publisher:
Tandem Library Books
Publication date:
04/01/1987
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 intomy 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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The TV Kid 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy it it is the best
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked how the story flows from page to page. I also like how you never quite know what is going to happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I read it becuase it was on a reading list assigned by my teacher. There were also other books on her list by Betsy Byers, but I picked that one!! I had read previous other books of hers and she is a great writer, and she really puts her thought into what she writes!:) READ THIS BOOK!!~