The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars

The Midnight Fox

Written by Betsy Byars
Part of the Faber Children's Classics Series

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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 after the fox, Tom needs to think fast to save the animals he has come to love. A touching and exciting story of the power of vulnerable animals to capture the heart of a boy.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. For lonely Tom. exiled to country relations whilst his parents are on tour, solace comes in the shape of a black fox. The fox is lovingly observed and befriended by Tom. But when his aunt's hens start disappearing. Tom's dilemma is acute.


The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars

Tom is horrified when his parents tell him he is to stay on Aunt Millie's farm while they are away on a trip. When he arrives, he finds the farm every bit as strange and uncomfortable as he feared - that is, until the appearance of the black fox.

About the Author

Betsy Byars

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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Paperback (b Format)
160 pages
Interest Age: from 12


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Faber And Faber

Publication date

5th December 2002




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