Pinballs

ISBN-10: 0064401987
ISBN-13: 9780064401982
Edition: N/A
Authors: Betsy Byars, Byars
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Description: You can't always decide where life will take you--especially when you're a kid. Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J, she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper  More...

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Book details

List price: $5.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.13" wide x 7.63" long x 0.31" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

You can't always decide where life will take you--especially when you're a kid. Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J, she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper to bumper. As soon as you get settled, somebody puts another coin in the machine and off you go again. But against her will and her better judgment, Carlie and the boys become friends. And all three of them start to see that they can take control of their own Iives. Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J, she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper to bumper. As soon as you get settled, somebody puts another coin in the machine and off you go again. But against her will and her beter judgement, Carlie and the boys become friends. And all three of them start to see that they can take control of their own lives. Notable Children's Book of 1977 (ALA) 1977 Children's Book Award (CSA) Best Books of 1977 (SLJ) Notable 1977 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC) Children's Books of 1977 (Library of Congress) International Year of the Child Special Hans Christian Andersen Honors List (IBBY) 1980 William Allen White Award (Kansas) 1980 Mark Twain Award (Missouri Library Association) 1980 California Young Readers Award 1982 Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin) 1978-79 Georgia Children's Book Award 1980 Charlie May Simon Children's Books Award (Arkansas)

Betsy Cromer Byars was born in1928. She graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. While she was in graduate school, she began writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post and Look. Byars writes novels for young people. She is an expert at tapping in to the pain of adolescence, using bits of her own experience to flavor her characters. She is author of more than 23 books and has won numerous awards. Her book about a 14-year-old girl and her mentally retarded brother, The Summer of the Swans (1970), won the Newberry Award as the most distinguished contribution to children's literature that year. Other books include The 18th Emergency (1973), The TV Kid (1976), and After the Goat Man (1995).

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