Betsy Byars

Winner, 1981 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1973 National Book Awards

Betsy Byars was an American author of children’s books. She wrote over sixty books for young people. Her first novel was published in 1962.
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The Night Swimmers

cover of The Night Swimmers by Betsy Byars
ISBN 9780440062615 Delacorte Press

National Book Award winner The Night Swimmers is a moving story of siblings who can count on nobody but one another. More about this book >

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The House of Wings

ISBN 9780670380251 Viking Books for Young Readers

Left with his grandfather until his parents are settled in Detroit, Sammy learns to respect and love the old man as they care for an injured crane together. More about this book >

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Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars was an American author of children’s books. She wrote over sixty books for young people. Her first novel was published in 1962. Her novel Summer of the Swans won the 1971 Newbery Medal. She also received a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for The Night Swimmers and an Edgar Award for Wanted … Mud Blossom!!

Daughters Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers are also writers.

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