Author: Betsy Byars

Book Review: Betsy Byars’ The Summer of the Swans

Book Review: Betsy Byars’ The Summer of the Swans

A standalone fictional novel for young adults revolving around fourteen-year-old Sara, just hitting puberty with all the angst of it. In 1971, The Summer of the Swans won the Newbery Medal. My Take Puberty is hitting Sara hard, and Byars is absolutely brilliant in her depiction of the angst and drama of a young teen with the frustrations about her father and her impatience with her little brother — this rings so true of sibling relationships! Her intense sense of right and wrong as well as her desire to protect along with that so-very-thin skin. It’s the mid-1960s, and in just a few pages, Byars gives us a quick peek into a few days of the Godfrey family’s life with the focus primarily on Sara, and then Charlie, providing us with a lifetime of information and still leaving us wanting to know more. I want to know why Aunt Willie is helping the family like this? What is her past? Why does their dad work out of town? What was the illness? What will happen with Charlie? How does their dad feel about them all? What is his perspective? How does Sara fare at the party? The Story This summer […]