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Betsy Byars - Author

Byars was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 7, 1928. Unlike many of the characters in her books, Byars grew up in a normal, loving family. Her father was an engineer and worked as a bookkeeper in a cotton mill. He was stern and hardworking and had a strong sense of humor. Her mother was a lively woman who loved acting and music. Byars's sister, Nancy, two years older, was sometimes an inspiration and sometimes an evil nemesis.

Byars's personal experiences and observations, and those of her children, are the sources of much of her fiction. As a child, she lived part of the time in the country and part of the time in the city, so she had a variety of experiences. She has vivid memories of her school years and of teachers, friends, and bullies. Many of them show up in her fiction.

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The Midnight Fox
Betsy Byars
This classic title by award-winning Betsy Byars richly deserves its attractive reissue. Capturing a boy's fascination with a fox he befriends when he is sent away to stay on his aunt's farm, it sensitively depicts a journey of discovery for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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The Midnight Fox
Betsy Byars
Adjusting to life in the country is hard for city boy Tom. But, when he discovers a fox and her cubs living in the forest, he is captivated and determined to protect them. When his own Uncle decides to go...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 05/12/2002
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The Eighteenth Emergency
Betsy Byars
Mouse and his best friend Ezzie have come up with 17 action plans for various types of emergency, such as Attack by an Unfriendly Lion. But nothing has prepared them for the 18th emergency: being on the wrong side of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2000
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