Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars

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When a doghouse landed in the backyard during a tornado, the family wasn't really surprised. What did surprise themwas that there was a dog inside, whom they named Tornado. Each chapter of this gently humorous book by award-winning author Betsy Byars tells a different adventure, and together they chronicle how this unique dog becomes a special part of the family.

00-01 Minnesota's Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Masterlist

00 Natn'l Christian School Assoc. Children's Crown Classic Award

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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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Anna Bean may be the first Bean to be in a book if her poem wins a school contest. She needs a quiet place to concentrate, so she gets special permission to sit on the roof, which turns out to be anything but quiet when her sisters and brothers come to join her and write roof poems, too....

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What do dogs really think about their two-legged companions?

It is the first annual meeting of the WOOF Society. Dogs of different backgrounds and breeds have gathered to hear the secret diaries of its members.
Abu is the ruler of ancient Egypt, but Miu, the Royal Cat, constantly irritates him—except at night. Tidbit, born the runt of the litter, becomes a star singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Jip leads his blinded master back home from the Civil War. Mimi, a dog living in Paris, shares her tips on bathroom protocol and dinnertime etiquette.

These humorous and touching stories, complemented by Erik Brooks’s black-and-white illustrations, are sure to appeal to dog lovers of all ages.
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‘Byars applies her distinctive brand of quirky humor to two adventuresome women determined to dare the frontier with minimum experience. The dialogue and antics are convincingly like those of rivalrous young siblings anywhere on the block. The story lines are clever, and the old-West setting adds flair.’ —C.

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Ten-year-old Kate begins a communication exchange on a computer with someone purporting to be from outer space, who says he is going to pay a visit to Earth soon....

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When Pete was a young boy, a tornado struck his family farm, and brought with it a doghouse 'complete with a dog inside! Now another twister is on its way, and as a new family of farmers takes shelter from the howling winds, Pete passes the time with story after story about the amazing dog named Tornado. By the time the last story is told, the storm has passed'and Tornado has brought joy to anoher generation of farmers.
‘An excellent book to read aloud, and dog lovers of any age will find it irresistible.'ALA Booklist.

00-01 Minnesota's Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Masterlist

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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)

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Betsy Byars brings one of today's most complex issues (spousal abuse) into compassionate focus, while sending readers on a breakneck roller coaster ride. An ALA Notable Book of the Year. Young Adult....

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An early chapter book from Newbery Medal winner Betsy Byars
 
When Boo brings home a dinosaur that only she can see, her brother Sammy, doesn’t want to encourage her antics. Boo and her dinosaur are inseparable until Boo says good-bye to the dino quite suddenly.

When Sammy sees how sad his sister is, he understands Boo’s need for her dinosaur more than he wants to admit. So much so that he almost believes it . . . almost.

Betsy Byars has written many chapter books, including Little Horse and Little Horse on His Own. Her language, perfectly tailored to beginning readers, combines with Erik Brooks’s charming illustrations to make a delightful book for children who are just starting to read.
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When Herculeah Jones discovers a letter in her secondhand coat, she instantly recognizes it as a cry for help. It doesn’t take Herculeah long to uncover the clues and track down the truth. But what Herculeah doesn’t realize is that someone is stalking her—someone who would kill to keep the truth under wraps. . . ....

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'My Hero' to Be Chosen: Eight finalists will compete tonight for the title My Hero. The winner will wear the coveted gold Hero medal. These brave and courageous dogs will each appear with their nominator who will tell their story.

There's Smiley, who fought a giant bull. Bear used his giant paws to save the life of another dog. Munchkin warned a gardener of a poisonous snake about to strike. Old Dog helped find people buried under rubble after a tornado. Buster pulled a baby carriage out of the path of a careening truck. Blue, who had never been known to bark, used his voice to bring help to his wounded master. Dopey's constant barking saved the life of a baby left in a sweltering car. Little Bit brought love and companionship to a nursing home resident.

Each story is told in the unique, sometimes humorous, but always Compelling voice of the person whose life was changed by the heroic action of a very extraordinary dog. Betsy Byars and her daughters Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers have joined forces to create dog stories full of adventure and suspense. Loren Long's paintings capture the heroic dignity of each of the dogs and heighten the drama of their special stories.
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“A dinosaur! A new dinosaur!” Boo shouted. “This dinosaur left me a big surprise.”

Boo is excited to receive a giant egg—and to find out what’s inside! Her brother, Sammy, is not—but he is still willing to help her after the egg hatches into a lovable baby dinosaur. Is it all Boo’s imagination or not? The youngest chapter book reader will want to find out in this wonderfully imaginative sequel to Boo’s Dinosaur.
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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!...

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Together with her best friend and reluctant sidekick Meat, Herculeah Jones meets a famous mystery author, Mathias King, aka The Murder King. King’s novels mirror gruesome, real-life murders—particularly A Slash of Life, which is about an unsolved local stabbing. Many people believe Mathias King knows too much. Could he be responsible for the crime? With a little help from Meat, Herculeah’s sure she can find out. But Meat seems too busy with his new girlfriend to give Herculeah a hand. Can she solve the mystery on her own, or will Meat find a way to juggle dating and sleuthing?...

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The Moon that inspires Betsy Byars's memoir isn't the one in the sky, but a huge, harmless blacksnake she finds in the rafters of her porch. This meeting begins an exploration of the writing process. With energy, wit, and delight, the Newbery medalist shows how "the good scraps" of her life, from a bully named Bubba to a gift-wrapped dime, weave into her work.

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Mystery is in Herculeah Jones’s blood. How could it not be, with a father on the police force and a mother who’s a private eye? So when Herculeah notices a man hanging around the "Dead Oaks" mansion, she can’t resist doing some investigating of her own. Legend has it the old estate was the site of a murder, and now it looks like there’s something even more nefarious going on. Can Herculeah crack the case before the mystery man closes in on her?...

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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 worse—until 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!...

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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 "keeper of the doves" wouldn’t hurt a soul. When tragedy strikes the family, Amen must decide once and for all who is right....

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Can Little Horse find his place in the big world?

After accidentally falling into a stream, Little Horse fights the swift current that carries him farther and farther from the valley where he was born.

When he finally manages to scramble ashore, a giant bird swoops down on him. Little Horse runs for cover in a forest of flowers only to have a giant paw pin him to the ground. But a hand gently lifts him up and tucks him inside a warm cave-just like the cave he used to share with his mother.

This tender, fast-moving tale, written by master storyteller Betsy Byars and enhanced by David McPhail's beguiling illustrations, is a true cliff-hanger.
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Together with her best friend and reluctant sidekick, Meat, Herculeah Jones meets a famous mystery author, Mathias King, aka the Murder King. King’s novels mirror gruesome, real-life murders, particularly A Slash of Life, which is about an unsolved local stabbing. Some people believe Mathias King isn’t making up the details—could he actually be responsible for the crime? Herculeah’s sure she can find out. But Meat seems too busy with his new girlfriend to give Herculeah much of a hand. Can Herculeah solve this mystery on her own, or will Meat’s dating be this sleuth’s downfall?...

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Sara’s life has always flowed smoothly, like the gliding swans on the lake, until her little brother Charlie disappears. Then Sara is forced to see her life in a whole new way....

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In this delightful follow-up to My Brother, Ant, Anthony comes face to face with a growling bear, pretends to be a dog, and hears a giant tapping on the window. These enchanting stories capture the relationship between Ant and his brother with warmth and humor.

"In the tradition of the award-winning easy readers by Sendak, Lobel, and others, Byars and Simont continue to make simplicity a delight." --Booklist, starred review...

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Introducing Bingo Brown, a young man ready for the first big step into adulthood--if only someone would tell him what to do. "Byars does a superb job of presenting a boy just on the edge of maturity. Witty, offbeat, yet beautifully real, Bingo's story scores."--ALA Booklist. A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year....

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At the eerie Hunt mansion, Herculeah Jones has been reading aloud to Lionus Hunt, an elderly stroke victim who can only communicate by blinking his eyes (once for yes, twice for no). Mr. Hunt seems to be trying to tell Herculeah something, but his gruff nurse won’t allow her to ask any questions. What is Mr. Hunt trying to say? Is it related to a murder that took place in the mansion’s black tower years ago? And who is the creepy old lady who lives in the mansion? Herculeah’s friend Meat thinks she may be asking for trouble, but Herculeah Jones won’t quit until she gets to the bottom of this mystery....

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