A backlist gem from a Newbery-winning author!
Cracker Jackson has a problem. A big, serious, adult problem. When he receives an anonymous note in the mail, he finds out that his old babysitter, Alma, is in danger. Cracker's the only one who can help her. But what can an eleven-year-old do in a situation that most adults couldn't cope with? Cracker will do anything to protect his beloved Alma. But the situation is already moving beyond his control...
An ALA Notable Book
Winner of the Parents' Choice Award
An IRA-CBC Children's Choice
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.05(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Lexile:||710L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
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 Wanted...Mud 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.
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!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I felt that this book was FABULOUS! I liked how it had non-stop action, and how it showed people that even though you might have to deal with a BIG problem, always follow your heart and do the right thing. And Craker Jackson did just that.
i liked this book because it shows a great example about what people should do in a case like this
Among my favorite books Betsy Byers touched me most by letting me see this situation through a 11 year olds innocent eyes. Cracker Jackson has to stay strong to find out what he wants because nobody will tell him anything about Alma and Nicole
One eleven-year-old boy struggles to find out something nobody will tell him.As the suspense grew,the more I didn't want to put it down.I give it two thumbs way,way up.