Search Results: "Betsy Byars"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Some plot elements get short shrift, but several characters show surprising depth, and readers should be prepared to read this in one breathless sitting. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Frizzing up whenever danger threatens, amateur sleuth Herculeah Jones's hair gets a real workout in this tale of murder, weight, and family secrets. Read full book review >

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THE DARK STAIRS by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A promising start for a series that could easily become a popular alternative to massmarket mysteries. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A versatile standby (1971 Newbery) brings her usual brisk aplomb to a projected series about a self-reliant early teen whose first adventure is closer in spirit, despite her name, to the Nancy Drews recalled by its jacket than to the exploits of Indiana Jones. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1982

"However, this falls short of the penetrating warmth and conviction of Byars at her best."
In this sharply cast but overly managed story, three kids, two of them sisters, are thrown together when the girls' divorced father decides to share their two-week island vacation with his widowed "friend" Delores, John D.'s mother. Read full book review >

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THE 18TH EMERGENCY by Betsy Byars
Released: April 16, 1973

"This is Byars in a lighter mood (although we never question Mouse's desperation) and her projection of the marked victim's sharpened senses, fantasies of rescue, and frantic thoughts are both funny and empathic."
When Mouse and Ezzie were younger they used to enjoy inventing solutions to jungle emergencies (lion attack, unexpected charge of an enraged bull, sudden appearance of sharks in your swimming area), and now that big dumb Hammerman is after Mouse (for writing the bully's name under a picture of Neanderthal man on the sixth grade classroom wall) he remembers that most of the emergency measures amounted to doing whatever was hardest or most unnatural. Read full book review >

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THE COMPUTER NUT by Guy Byars
Released: Oct. 1, 1984

"The who's-on-the-computer? gambit, and the true-to-character humor holds up well enough to keep readers going—even if the thwarted space-comedian bombs out."
Airy computer hijinks—with something of a letdown when the secret's out. Read full book review >

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ME TARZAN by Betsy Byars
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Great fun, and a champion candidate for reading aloud. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Byars (Disappearing Acts, 1998, etc.) will have young readers enthusiastically pounding their own chests with this hilarious tale of a child who discovers in herself the true Call of the Wild. Read full book review >

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McMUMMY by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A minor effort. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Professor Orloff has left Mozie to care for a greenhouse of experimental plants, with specific instructions for administering "Vitagrow." Read full book review >

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THE WINGED COLT OF CASA MIA by Betsy Byars
Released: Oct. 1, 1973

"Byars reworks the boy-man-horse formula with considerable skill but with none of the richly imagined vitality of her House of Wings (1972)."
Except for the colt's wings this is a typical realistic story — with none of the hushed wonder that usually accompanies such a fantasy element — in which the relationship between a boy and a man is intertwined with a boy's love for an animal. Read full book review >

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RAMA THE GYPSY CAT by Betsy Byars
Released: Oct. 17, 1966

"The story is episodic and moody, and the frank approach may rub some readers' fur the wrong way, but objective cat lovers will appreciate this."
Cats are less likely to be centered on in juvenile fiction than dogs, horses, or other loyal animals—the errant Black Beauty way of life is too well suited to their personality. Read full book review >

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KEEPER OF THE DOVES by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The lives of a well-to-do turn-of-the-century family are limned with attention to daily activities and daily joys and sorrows in a prose that ripples with clarity and sweetness and an underlying evolution of spirit. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Amen, called Amie—so named because her father was still praying for a son after four daughters—is the winsome narrator, beginning at age six, of this gentle and thoughtful story. Read full book review >

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TAROT SAYS BEWARE by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Most readers will find themselves carried along on their own expectations, with little to meet them: Missing are the trademark humor, crackerjack plotting, and fully believable characters that have won Byars (McMummy, 1993, etc.) so many readers in the past. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This Herculeah Jones Mystery begins when the amateur sleuth looks out her window one morning and her hair starts to frizzle, a sure sign that something's wrong. Read full book review >

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HORRAY FOR THE GOLLY SISTERS! by Betsy Byars
Released: Sept. 30, 1990

"The events may be a bit tame, but Byars recounts them with engaging wit and pungent precision—and Truesdell's zany characterizations and lively humor almost steal the show."
The self-reliant pair has several more adventures while pursuing their careers as vaudeville entertainers on the American frontier. Read full book review >