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The Midnight Fox
     

The Midnight Fox

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by Betsy Byars
 

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Tom dislikes spending the summer on his aunt's farm until he discovers a black fox in the forest and tracks her to her den.

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Tom dislikes spending the summer on his aunt's farm until he discovers a black fox in the forest and tracks her to her den.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This book holds one of my favorite characters, city bred Tom, who is doomed to spend the summer on his uncle's farm when his parents decide to take a long bicycle trip. Tom doesn't like animals, and they don't like him. But through quiet afternoons spent exploring the forest and fields, Tom becomes more aware of, and finally more comfortable, with the power and beauty of the natural world, and in the end acts to save a part of that world.
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"This book holds one of my favorite characters, city bred Tom, who is doomed to spend the summer on his uncle's farm when his parents decide to take a long bicycle trip. Tom doesn't like animals, and they don't like him. But through quiet afternoons spent exploring the forest and fields, Tom becomes more aware of, and finally more comfortable, with the power and beauty of the natural world, and in the end acts to save a part of that world."--Children's Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670474738
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1968
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Betsy Byars has written over sixty books for young people. Her first book was published in 1962 and since then she has published regularly. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and she gets thousands of letters from readers in the United States and from all over the world.

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!

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Midnight Fox 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is Great i used it for my school report.I think if others hear about it they might read it also.I love the outdoors and animals.I can see myself doing the same things Tom did in helping the black fox and her baby from being hurt.But i would also like to of kept the baby fox.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A bored school kid in the holidays. A farm. A fox. These are the ingredients for this wonderful story which I was unable to put down. Relationships are a key theme: Tom and Petie's friendship was not only very realistically portrayed, but also very amusing. Furthermore, the descriptions of both the fox and her environment are quite beautiful. A must for all Year Six pupils!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Midnight Fox is a great book. First in the book Tom has to leave his parents and tv for a summer. One day Tom sees a fox. He called it Midnight Fox because the Fox was dark black. I liked the book because it was very suspenseful and because Tom was a very creative boy. I also liked the book because Tom has no fear. Lastly, I thought Tom was very caring towards the Fox. I would give this book 5 stars because I connected with the character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, wonderful book. I read it in fourth grade and again in 6th. I am finishing 9th grade this year and remember the days when I couldn't put this one down. I would read and wish I was having a summer like Tom's. I only wanted to get to know him and live like that for a little while. It took me in and when I was done, left a huge imprint on my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book Betsy Byers has come out with yet! So origional!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My opinion of this book is that it has great detail and always leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter. I think that in this book lots of people can relate to Tom, the main character. I think that this book also taught me a very valuable lesson. That lesson was that no matter how bad you think that things may get, always look on the bright side. Sometimes, you may even love the thing you once hated. There are only two things that I would generally change about this book. First, I would like this book to be longer. The second thing is that I would like for there to be a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it was really, really funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought The Midnight Fox was such a great book. My favorite part was when Tommy saw the Midinght Fox. The author put such desciptive words in this book. I recommend this to other people.