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Betsy Byars - Author

About the 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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Disappearing Acts

Disappearing Acts

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2018

When Herculeah Jones's best friend, Meat, decides to take a comedy class, he just expects to get a few laughs. But then he discovers a dead body in the bathroom, and realizes that there's nothing funny about murder. Things can't get any worseuntil the body disappears! Meat needs Herculeah's help to uncover the clues, but she's busy investigating a case of her own . . . one that might just change Meat's life forever!

Death's Door

Death's Door

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2018

Herculeah Jones finds herself in the middle of another mystery when her best friend Meat barely escapes a hitman's bullet. Someone must have mistaken Meat for someone else. But who? Herculeah is determined to solve the mystery, before the assassin comes after her!

Tarot Says Beware

Tarot Says Beware

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2018

Madame Rosa, the eccentric local fortune teller, has been murdered, and the only witness is her parrot,Tarot. But he's not talking. Herculeah Jones thinks she knows who the killer is, but she's not the only one. . . . Someone else knowssomeone who wants to make sure Herculeah won't be around to see the future.

Trouble River

Trouble River

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2018

Safety is downriverbut first there's trouble ahead. As soon as Dewey Martin sees the Indian creeping toward the cabinand toward his unsuspecting grandmotherhe knows what to do: knock him down and take off before the rest of the raiding party arrives. The only means of escape is Dewey's homemade raft, and lying in its path are rapids, wolves, Indians, and forty miles of uncharted river. Can a boy who's never manned an oar and an old frontierswoman be the first to make it down Trouble River? ';[An] original, suspenseful story of pioneer life, enlivened by touches of humor and vivid characterizations.'Booklist

Summer of the Swans

Summer of the Swans

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2018

A Newbery Medal WinnerAll summer Sara Godfrey has fretted over herself, her impossible body, her terrible new haircut. One moment she's elated, the next, she's in tears. And she can't figure out why. Maybe her wildly changing moods are tied to the sudden and unaccountable appearance of the swans, which hold the rapt attention of Charlie, Sara's mentally handicapped brother, who she loves far more than herself these days. In fact, it will be the sudden disappearance of Charlie that will compel Sara to abandon her own small, annoying miseries, and lose herself in searching for him. In her anguish, Sara turns to Joe Melby, whom she has long despised, and together they search through the dense woods and rough fields to find him. Sara knows that she will never be the same again."e;A compelling story."e;Publishers Weekly

Midnight Fox

Midnight Fox

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2018

Tom hates having to spend the summer on a farm . . . until he discovers the midnight fox. No one asked Tom how he felt about spending two months on his Aunt Millie's farm. For a city boy, the farm holds countless terrorsstampeding baby lambs, boy-chasing chickens, and worst of all, loneliness. But everything changes when Tom sees the midnight fox. He can spend hours watching the graceful black fox in the woods. And when her lifeand that of her cubis in danger, Tom knows exactly what he must do. ';An exceptional book.'Booklist A Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year

Little Horse on His Own

Little Horse on His Own

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2015

Little Horse had never known the sky to be so black, the air so still. He heard the big horses whinny again. Little Horse's fear grew. The adventures of Little Horse continue as he makes his way back to the valley of little horses and his mother The storm sets Little Horse free from the fence holding him captive, free to do what he has wanted to do since the day the river carried him around its bend and away from his home-find his way back to the valley of the little horses and his mother. But where should he turn, and how will he ever return home alive with all of the obstacles facing him? Travel with Little Horse as he struggles against unfriendly horses, a malicious bird, a pouncing cat, a smoky fire, and more to find his way home.

The Eighteenth Emergency

The Eighteenth Emergency

Author: Betsy Byars Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Magical storytelling, perfect for fans of Jeff Kinney, David Walliams and Roald Dahl. Mouse has a plan for every emergency. He knows how to survive a fall from a plane, what to do in quicksand, and how to bewilder a charging bull. But nohing - nobody - could be prepared for Marv Hammerman. Marv Hammerman, Neanderthal man, is twice as big as anyone else in the class, and when he is out to get someone, he usually succeeds. A timeless, poignant and funny story about bullying from Newbery Medal-Winner Betsy Byars.

The Midnight Fox

The Midnight Fox

Author: Betsy Byars Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

And then, this afternoon,' Uncle Fred said to me, 'you and I'll go after the fox.' Tom, a town boy, is horrified when his parents tell him he has to stay on Aunt Millie's farm while they are away. He finds country life every bit as strange and uncomfortable as he feared. But soon, he discovers a rare black fox with green eyes, living with her cubs in the forest. Suddenly, the summer is full of excitement. That is, until Uncle Fred decides to go after the fox - will Tom save her and her family in time?

Winged Colt of Casa Mia

Winged Colt of Casa Mia

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2013

There's no such thing as a colt with wingsis there?When Charles arrives at his Uncle Coot's Texas ranch from back East, he's sure that books have taught him everything he needs to know about horses. He wants to prove he's a cowboy just like his uncle, a retired movie stunt rider, who knows Charles is out of his element. But when a neighbor's mare gives birth to a miraculous colt with wings, Charles and Coot realize that they both have much more to learn. They grow to love the colt, named Alado, or ';Winged One.' Still, it's no easy feat caring for a mythical creature, especially when it can fly. Can Charles and Coot protect Aladoand each other?This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Rama the Gypsy Cat

Rama the Gypsy Cat

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2013

Rama the cat has no home. He is the Gypsy Cat, and a life full of travel and adventure awaits him.When a gypsy woman found Rama as a kitten, she pierced his ear with a golden earring and named him after an exiled prince who wandered for years, having many adventures. Rama the cat lives up to his namesake when he strays from the wagon that was his home, and begins his own thrilling journey, discovering dangers on the wharf, in the forest, and by the river, encountering new foes and friends. Will Rama ever return to his old life . . . and does he even want to?This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Bingo Brown, Gypsy Lover

Bingo Brown, Gypsy Lover

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Can Bingo Brown live up to his reputation as the most romantic middle-schooler in town?Romance is never easy when your girlfriend lives in another state and your life savings consists of just over three dollars. Still, thirteen-year-old Bingo Brown is determined to make it work. His girlfriend, Melissa, may have moved to the middle of nowhere (okay, Oklahoma), but nothing will stop him from keeping the flames of passion alive. He tries to think of a holiday gift to impress herbut he keeps getting distracted by his parents' plans for their new baby. How will he craft perfect love letters for Melissa while his little brother cries in the next room?This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Bingo Brown's Guide to Romance

Bingo Brown's Guide to Romance

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Bingo's ultimate guide to finding love might need a few more chapters when his long-distance girlfriend returns homeBingo Brown is confident that he can write the definitive guidebook for middle-school boys trying to win over girls. With his baby brother, Jamie, in mind, he jots down notes about the lessons he's learned: Should you worry if the girl you like grows taller than you? (No.) What do you do when hauling your family's dirty clothes to the laundromat? (Go the back way.) But when Bingo's girlfriend, Melissa, moves back to town and doesn't want to talk to him, he realizes he still has some learning to do.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Two-Thousand-Pound Goldfish

Two-Thousand-Pound Goldfish

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

From the depths of the sewers comes a monster so gargantuan that no fishbowl can hold itWarren Otis wants to make horror films when he grows up. But as an eight-year-old boy, he has to settle for imagining movies instead of making them. He's thought up some real nightmares, including Bubbles, an innocent goldfish flushed down the toilet and exposed to a chemical that turned her into a one-ton monster.Warren's life sometimes feels like it's a bad movie. He hasn't seen his mom for three years, since she's a fugitive from the FBI. His grandmother's cranky and his sister's acting mysterious. When things get too strange, Warren escapes into his imagination and writes one more scene featuring Bubbles. But will he ever get a chance to share his story with the people he loves?This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Burning Questions of Bingo Brown

Burning Questions of Bingo Brown

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Question one: How is it possible to fall in love with three girls in one day in a single English class?Bingo Brown is an average sixth grader with an unusually serious approach to the business of being twelve. He's got some ';burning questions'why does he get such wild crushes on girls? How can he avoid the school bully? Why is his favorite teacher acting so strangely?and he's determined to figure them out.This first entry in Byars's acclaimed Bingo Brown series smartly captures all the highs and lows of adolescence.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

18th Emergency

18th Emergency

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Benjie and his friend Ezzie have escape plans for every emergency, including lion attacks and quicksand, but no clue what to do about the class bullySo what if Benjie ';Mouse' Fawley likes practical jokes? He's a good kid who never meant to harm anyone. The same cannot be said for Marv Hammerman, a boy in Benjie's middle school who is as big as a high-schooler but has the temper of a two-year-old. When Benjie (in a fit of insanity) writes a joke about Marv for all to see, he soon realizes he's stumbled into the biggest emergency he's ever faced. Now Benjie must decide whether to stay at school and face a clobbering, or run off and live the rest of his life hiding in the woods. The 18th Emergency is a hilarious account of the trials of surviving the school bully.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Night Swimmers

Night Swimmers

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Retta, Johnny, and Roy have no parental rules to follow, so they've made up their ownAfter their mother passes away, Retta, Johnny, and Roy don't have much parenting in their lives. Their dad is a country singer who keeps them well fed but isn't around much. Older sister Retta takes control, leading her brothers on all sorts of unwise adventures and promising that one day they'll have money, safety, and a nice home. When their dad is away performing at night, they slip into a neighbor's pool to swim and pretend to have a glamorous life beneath the light of the moon. But freedom doesn't mean happiness, especially when a new crisis emerges.National Book Award winner The Night Swimmers is a moving story of siblings who can count on nobody but one another.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

When Birch agreed to one last flight in her grandfather's Piper Cub, neither knew it would be a life-changing tripBirch's grandfather, ';Pop,' wants to take his plane out for one more trip before moving into a retirement home. He wants to take Birch along with him, which sounds like a fine planuntil the two decide to turn the short flight into a cross-country adventure without telling Birch's parents. As grandfather and granddaughter soar westward across strange, beautiful landscapes, Birch begins to learn more about her past, a grandmother she lost, and a family member she never knew she had.Coast to Coast is a grand adventure; a heartwarming story of family revelations; and a panoramic view of the United States by air.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Cartoonist

Cartoonist

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Alfie only feels comfortable when he's drawing comics in the atticbut soon his safe haven will be off limitsAlfie is perfectly content to spend his time drawing alone in the attic. Nobody bothers him, and he has his door sealed tight against interruption. Up under the roof, he illustrates amazing cartoon strips about heroes and space adventures, from ';Super Caterpillar' to ';Super Bird'even though his own life is anything but exciting. One day, Alfie's mom calls him from the attic to tell him his older brother Bubba will be moving home and will take over the attic as his own apartment. Suddenly Alfie's private world is turned inside out, and he'll need to find a new ';home,' even if that means spending time around his weird, argumentative family.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Bingo Brown and the Language of Love

Bingo Brown and the Language of Love

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Algebra is hard, but love is harderFor a twelve-year-old, Bingo Brown has a lot figured out. He has good friends, he knows how to cook, and he's even made peace with the school bully. But the problem with being twelve is that new problems keep popping up and confusing him. Soon Bingo is panicking over the love of his life moving to Oklahoma, the school bully asking for relationship advice, and his parents acting weirder than ever. If Bingo's ever going to make it to high school with his heart in one piece, he's going to need to ace every test in the language of love.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Glory Girl

Glory Girl

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Anna's role in her family of gospel singers is an important onefar away from the stageEvery member of the Glory family is blessed with abundant musical talent. Everyone, that is, except for Anna. She can't sing or play an instrument, so the family counts on her to sell their music at performances. Naturally, she feels completely left out. When her black sheep Uncle Newt is released from prison, Anna feels oddly close to him, even though they've never met before. After all, Newt must know what it means to feel like an outsider. But when the Glorys' tour bus crashes and her loved ones are in danger, Anna can't sit on the outside any longer.The Glory Girl is a funny, moving tale of one oddball kid finding her place in her family, and in the world.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Animal, the Vegetable, and John D Jones

Animal, the Vegetable, and John D Jones

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Clara and Deanie are on vacation to see their dadso why do they have to spend time with his new girlfriend and her annoying son?After their parents' divorce, sisters Clara and Deanie are more than happy to have some time alone with their father during a beach vacation. After all, nobody dotes on them as much as their father. But it turns out dad has different plans for their trip. He's brought along his girlfriend and her son: the snotty, completely un-fun John D. Jones. But when disaster strikes, this group of distrustful semi-relations must come together quickly to avoid a major tragedy. This absorbing story of mixed-up families shows how emotional bonds stay strong even when parents move apart.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

House of Wings

House of Wings

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

When Sammy must spend weeks alone with his grandfather, he learns that the old man isn't quite as boring as he thought . . .When his parents leave for Detroit, Sammy is left alone with his out-of-touch grandfather in a dull, creaky house. All Sammy wants to do is run away to rejoin his folks. But Grandpa's world holds a few surprises, including a majestic crane found in the woods with a broken wing. Sammy finds himself seeing his grandfather's world through new, wild eyes.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Goodbye, Chicken Little

Goodbye, Chicken Little

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Somehow Jimmie Little must overcome his belief that terrible things are always about to happenJimmie Little was always the sensible one in the family. The rest of his aunts, uncles, and cousins were always getting into ridiculous scrapes because of their bold, show-off attitudes. But when he loses his father to a mining accident and his Uncle Pete to a frozen river, everything changed. Jimmie is certain that everything he or anyone else in his family does will lead to certain disaster. It was his family that made him fearful, so it might take his family to help him find his confidence again.Goodbye, Chicken Little is a moving story of a boy finding courage in himself and in his relatives.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

McMummy

McMummy

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

The giant pod in Professor Orloff's greenhouse is giving Mozie some terrifying nightmares . . .After Mozie loses his father, he longs for someone to look up to. Enter Professor Orloff: a brilliant, mysterious scientist with a greenhouse full of experimental vegetation. When he leaves on a trip, Orloff entrusts Mozie and Mozie's friend, Batty, with keeping an eye on his wondrous greenhouse. Inside, the two discover something amazingand frightening: a plant pod big enough to fit a grown-up human.The pod seems to grow larger every day and to Mozie, it seems a little lonely. Soon, Mozie finds he'll do whatever it takes to protect the strange plant from harm and discover the secrets inside. This sometimes-spooky thriller will provide its readers with as many laughs as goosebumps. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author's personal collection.

Blossom Promise

Blossom Promise

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

It is a time of ups and downs for the Blossoms. Maggie is thrilled to be on the rodeo circuit . . . until she witnesses Mom kissing a handsome stranger. Back at home, the family has weathered the worst flood in the state's history, and Vern and Michael can't wait to test their homemade raft down at the flooded Snake Creek. Suddenly, Pap hears screams and runs to the rescue, but a heart attack strikes. As Pap clings to life, the Blossoms must rely on the strength of their family and pull together as never before. The Blossom spirit endures as the family confronts the frailty of human life in Newbery Award-winning author Betsy Byars's fourth Blossom Family book.

Wanted . . . Mud Blossom

Wanted . . . Mud Blossom

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

When Junior brings home the classroom hamster, Scooty, he decides to build the best hamster tunnel ever. But when Scooty goes missing, all evidence points to Mud. Meanwhile, Mad Mary is missing, tooalthough her bag and walking stick were found near the highway. When Mary later wakes up in the hospital, she realizes that the Blossoms might just have provided her with the strength she needs to pull her life back together. It's anything but an ordinary weekend with the Blossoms!Perfect for young dog lovers, this Edgar Awardwinning Blossom Family title is a mysterious and touching finale to the bestselling series by Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars.

Blossom Promise

Blossom Promise

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

It is a time of ups and downs for the Blossoms. Maggie is thrilled to be on the rodeo circuit . . . until she witnesses Mom kissing a handsome stranger. Back at home, the family has weathered the worst flood in the state's history, and Vern and Michael can't wait to test their homemade raft down at the flooded Snake Creek. Suddenly, Pap hears screams and runs to the rescue, but a heart attack strikes. As Pap clings to life, the Blossoms must rely on the strength of their family and pull together as never before. The Blossom spirit endures as the family confronts the frailty of human life in Newbery Award-winning author Betsy Byars's fourth Blossom Family book.

Blossoms and the Green Phantom

Blossoms and the Green Phantom

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Junior Blossom has created the most spectacular invention of all time: a homemade UFO. The Green Phantom took all of the garbage bags and Day-Glo paint Junior could find, but now it requires one more very special ingredient. Although Junior needs help, his family seems too busy to notice. Then when Pap and his dog, Mud, don't come home from town, the Blossoms are pulled apart even farther. Are Pap and Mud in serious trouble? Can a Blossom promise bring everyone back together again?The strength of family love triumphs in this adventurous third title of the best-selling Blossom Family series by Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars.An ALA Notable Book for Children

Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady

Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Junior Blossom has set out to test his brand-new invention, a coyote trap. How on earth does he end up lost in a cave with Mad Mary, a.k.a. ';the Vulture Lady,' while his family attempts to find him in this suspenseful and sidesplitting Blossom Family sequel.

Not-Just-Anybody Family

Not-Just-Anybody Family

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Newbery Award-winning author Betsy Byars's heartwarming and timeless books about the irrepressible Blossom family are back. In this introduction to the one-of-a-kind clan, Pap, the Blossoms' grandfather, has landed himself in jail for disturbing the peace. Even though Junior is laid up in the hospital with two broken legs after jumping off the barn roof to test his new homemade wings, he and his sister and brother, Maggie and Vern, have come up with a plan to rescue Pap. A new generation of readers will fall head over heels for this engaging, hilarious family.

Not-Just-Anybody Family

Not-Just-Anybody Family

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Newbery Award-winning author Betsy Byars's heartwarming and timeless books about the irrepressible Blossom family are back. In this introduction to the one-of-a-kind clan, Pap, the Blossoms' grandfather, has landed himself in jail for disturbing the peace. Even though Junior is laid up in the hospital with two broken legs after jumping off the barn roof to test his new homemade wings, he and his sister and brother, Maggie and Vern, have come up with a plan to rescue Pap. A new generation of readers will fall head over heels for this engaging, hilarious family.

Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady

Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Junior Blossom has set out to test his brand-new invention, a coyote trap. How on earth does he end up lost in a cave with Mad Mary, a.k.a. ';the Vulture Lady,' while his family attempts to find him in this suspenseful and sidesplitting Blossom Family sequel.

Blossoms and the Green Phantom

Blossoms and the Green Phantom

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

Junior Blossom has created the most spectacular invention of all time: a homemade UFO. The Green Phantom took all of the garbage bags and Day-Glo paint Junior could find, but now it requires one more very special ingredient. Although Junior needs help, his family seems too busy to notice. Then when Pap and his dog, Mud, don't come home from town, the Blossoms are pulled apart even farther. Are Pap and Mud in serious trouble? Can a Blossom promise bring everyone back together again?The strength of family love triumphs in this adventurous third title of the best-selling Blossom Family series by Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars.An ALA Notable Book for Children

Wanted . . . Mud Blossom

Wanted . . . Mud Blossom

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2013

When Junior brings home the classroom hamster, Scooty, he decides to build the best hamster tunnel ever. But when Scooty goes missing, all evidence points to Mud. Meanwhile, Mad Mary is missing, tooalthough her bag and walking stick were found near the highway. When Mary later wakes up in the hospital, she realizes that the Blossoms might just have provided her with the strength she needs to pull her life back together. It's anything but an ordinary weekend with the Blossoms!Perfect for young dog lovers, this Edgar Awardwinning Blossom Family title is a mysterious and touching finale to the bestselling series by Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars.

Wanted: Mud Blossom

Wanted: Mud Blossom

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2008

When Junior brings home the classroom hamster, Scooty, he decides to build the best hamster tunnel ever. But when Scooty goes missing, all evidence points to Mud. In the meantime, Mad Mary is missing, tooalthough Maggie and Ralphie find her bag and cane near the highway. Have Scooty and Mad Mary been kidnappedor worse? With a mystery around every bend, its going to be anything but an ordinary weekend with the Blossoms!From the Compact Disc edition.

Blossoms and the Green Phantom

Blossoms and the Green Phantom

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 11/11/2008

Up, up, and away! Junior Blossom has built the most spectacular invention of all time: a homemade UFO. The Green Phantom took all of the garbage bags and Day-Glo paint Junior could find, and now it requires only one more, very special ingredient. Junior needs help, but his family is too busy to notice. Can a Blossom promise bring everyone back together again?Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars lifts readers to new heights in this adventure about a spirited family whose strength is out-of-this-world.From the Compact Disc edition.

Blossom Promise

Blossom Promise

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2008

For the Blossom family it's the best day of their lives -- and the worst. Maggie, out west with her mother, is about to become the newest Blossom on the rodeo circuit. And now that the rain has finally stopped, Junior can at last visit his friend Mad Mary in her cave in the woods.These two weeks of rain have been like an answer to a prayer for Vern and his friend Michael. Together they planned and built a perfect raft, and now, with everyone out watching the waters rise over the banks of the Snake River, they're sure their great voyage downstream will be witnessed with cheers.Vern's grandfather, Pap, is watching the river and dreaming about his old days as a rodeo star. Suddenly he hears screams from the river and runs to the rescue. What will Pap find? How will the Blossom family pull together?From the Trade Paperback edition.

Not-Just-Anybody Family

Not-Just-Anybody Family

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2008

When Junior Blossom wakes up in the hospital, hislast memory is of crouching on the barn roof withcloth wings tied to his arms, and of Maggie andVern in the yard below, urging him to fly. That hadbeen just before Junior spotted a police carapproaching the farm in a cloud ofdust.Meanwhile Pap, the children's grandfather, sits indisgrace in the city jail. He was arrested fordisturbing the peace after his pickup truckaccidentally dumped 2,147 beer and soda cans (worth$107.35) on Spring Street.With theirmother away on the rodeo circuit, it's up to Maggieand Vern to find a way to rescue Pap and Junior.How will they solve their family problems?From the Trade Paperback edition.

Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady

Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2008

A dangerous coyote is surely no match for Junior Blossom. He sets out to build the best trap ever and win the big reward! However, Juniors inventions arent exactly known for their success. A malfunction sets off a series of events that leaves Junior trapped far from home in a place no one would think to look for him. Will the rest of the Blossom family be able to rescue him?Readers are sure to savor this suspenseful story about family and friendship by Newbery Medal winner Betsy Byars.From the Compact Disc edition.

Domino

Domino

Author: Betsy Byars Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2008

Keeper of the Doves

Keeper of the Doves

Author: Betsy Byars Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Amen McBee, the youngest of five sisters, gobbles up words the way other children gobble up sweets. She couldn't be more different from her elder twin sisters Arabella and Annabella-called the Bellas. The mischievous Bellas constantly frighten Amen with stories of Mr. Tominski-the old recluse who lives in the woods nearby and mysteriously tends to a flock of doves. The Bellas insist that Mr. Tominski is a dangerous bogeyman who eats children whole, but Papa vows that the "e;keeper of the doves"e; wouldn't hurt a soul. When tragedy strikes the family Amen must decide once and for all who is right.

Midnight Fox

Midnight Fox

Author: Betsy Byars Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Tom would do anything not to have to stay on Aunt Millie's farm while his parents are away - he likes the city and hates climbing trees. But once there, he discovers a rare black fox with green eyes, living with her cubs in the forest. Suddenly, the Summer is full of excitement. That is, until Uncle Fred decides to go after the fox - will Tom save her and her family in time?

Midnight Fox

Midnight Fox

Author: Betsy Byars Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2002

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 ...

The Eighteenth Emergency

The Eighteenth Emergency

Author: Betsy Byars Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2000

The school bully is out to get Mouse Fawley, and while Mouse is waiting for that terrible event, he thinks of 17 other emergencies (lion attack, the appearance of sharks, strangulation by boa constrictor) all of which he can handle

The Pinballs

The Pinballs

Author: Betsy Byars Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/01/1992

One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools. When Carlie, Harvey and Thomas J. arrive in the same foster-home, it seems they will never get on well together. Carlie has been suspicious of people since she was born, but in the end she changes her mind when she learns she can help people.

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