The Summer of the Swans

The Summer of the Swans Sometimes you don t know what you love until you almost lose it Sara s fourteenth summer was turning out to be the most confusing time of her life Up until then things had flowed smoothly like the g

  • Title: The Summer of the Swans
  • Author: Betsy Byars
  • ISBN: 9780142404416
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes you don t know what you love until you almost lose it.Sara s fourteenth summer was turning out to be the most confusing time of her life Up until then, things had flowed smoothly, like the gliding swans on the lake Now she wanted to fly away from everything her beautiful older sister, her bossy Aunty Willie, her remote father, and, most of all, from herselfometimes you don t know what you love until you almost lose it.Sara s fourteenth summer was turning out to be the most confusing time of her life Up until then, things had flowed smoothly, like the gliding swans on the lake Now she wanted to fly away from everything her beautiful older sister, her bossy Aunty Willie, her remote father, and, most of all, from herself.But could she fly away from Charlie She loved her younger brother in a way she couldn t understand, though sometimes she grew tired of his neediness But when Charlie himself took flight, Sara suddenly knew what she had to do.

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    1. We finished Summer of the Swans the other day (amazing how long it takes for us to read such a teenie little book). I wasunderwhelmed. All the teachers who recommended it raved about it, but I didn't see what the big deal was. It centers around the relationship between a sister and her mentally challenged younger brother, who gets lost in West Virginia mine country. The idea itself was good, but the story was slow, and then it ended very abruptly. I would have prefered it better if the story had [...]

    2. I read this with the kids. It's a nice enough story about teenage angst that touches on some interesting subjects including deceased mothers, absent fathers, mentally handicapped children. Unfortunately, it only grazes the surface of these issues and reads with about as much intensity of a corporate video about "Mutual Respect." Yes, it is well written, has great imagery, and it won a Newberry award, but I think it is too simple a story to take seriously. Even the description of the swans was fl [...]

    3. Yes, it won a major book award and it must have been a VERY bad year for children s' books for this to win. This was such a disappointment after enjoying Betsy Byars' The Winged Colt of Casa Mia.Color me nutty, but if a book is titled The SUMMER of the Swans, perhaps swans should somehow be part of a whole summer instead of just two friggin' days.I guess this was one of the first books to deal with an autistic child (long before the word "autism" was coined). The child gets lost in the woods at [...]

    4. The Summer of the Swans, Betsy Byars عنوان: تابستان قوها؛ نویسنده: بتسی کرومر بایارس؛ مترجم: پروین علیپور؛ تهران، افق، 1384، در 155 ص، شابک: 9643691624؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م

    5. Simple story. Typical teenage girl beginning to face uncertainty about herself although her life has been full of challenges. Not a very fast paced book but it's short so it doesn't take long to read. Not the most uplifting book, but offers a small silver lining at the end. I'm surprised it won the Newbery Award since it seemed fairly simple. The swans play a fairly small role despite the book's title. There is no foul language or use of God's name. No sexual references, not even kissing. There [...]

    6. This probably would be better if it was longer; as is, it feels like an overlong short story. Underdeveloped all around, and terribly dated. Compared to this, RULES is a masterpiece.Incidentally, I notice that a disproportionate number of Newberys take place in West Virginia, which is pretty odd.

    7. 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 TakePuberty 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 de [...]

    8. I re-read this book that I loved so much as a child. Basically, this book is perfect. The trend in children's books now is that you have to grab the reader by the throat in the opening line and have non-stop action. But this gentle, contemplative book is of its time (the '70s) and is essentially character-driven. I remember as a nine-year old thinking this book was really "deep"--and I still think so! Also, I was really amazed at Betsy Byears' dead-on portrayal of autism, even though she doesn't [...]

    9. I read this one as a child; I am sure I did. I am certain because I was as obsessive as a youngster as I am now. I set out to read every Newbery Award winning book when I was about ten, and this 1970 award winner was on the list in 1979. The problem is that I couldn't remember whether I liked it or not. After reading it today, it became clear why: it is about as memorable as vanilla ice cream. It's not bad, it just isn't great. My fifth grade girls who read it for their literature circle enjoyed [...]

    10. The ending was disappointing, & the dialogue seemed very odd. I didn't even like the main character most of the time. I'm not really sure why it was a Newbery winner, unless it was the fact that it dealt with the subject of mental disabilities.

    11. 2.5This was more of a reading assignment than a novel. I thought the relationship between Sara and her handicapped brother was sweet, but nothing else about this story was earth shattering. Really just a bit boring. I wonder how influenced I am as a reader by the cover? Look at it! Blah. I blame the cover. But I can't say that because that would make me THAT person. So, no. Not the cover. But, look at it!

    12. A sweet story about a girl and her special needs brother. A quiet voice and an honest narrativea nice story. Audio version is well-done.

    13. Summary This book was about a girl named Sara and her brother named Charlie. Charlie is a boy who had brain problems and health problems when he was really little. Charlie has never spoken before he can understand what people say to him but he will not respond in words but will nod his head in response to what you had said to him. Charlie and Sara one day decide that they were going to look at the swans at the lake before they were to move to a different lake. Well they had a great time while th [...]

    14. This book is about a sister and a brother and there having fun during the summer but I think she should have said that but not yet.It frist stared when sara had to go to a new school and she didn'know anybody ay that school and then these girls came up to me and said what is wrong with you look at your face and your whole body then theysaid that and she ran as fast as she could to get home.But do you know what I whould have said to those girls i love the way I look and that 9is the way god made [...]

    15. The summer of the swans is a girl that is on a summer vacatione never had the perfect summer and shes had 14 summers thats gone bad for her.This summer its about to be different for hereres a girl named Sara with a brother named Charlie and a pet named Boysie.Sara did not want to go on the vacation the summer.Her aunt are coming with her.her aunt names are aunt willie they went to a place in a house.when they get there she went in and she helped to bring the rest of the stuff mornig Sara woke up [...]

    16. Sara Godfrey is 14 and facing a host of emotional turmoil about her looks, her shoe size, her hair but is unsure why this and, what seems to be, everything else in her life, bother her. Her older sister, Wanda’s independence infuriates Sara & having to be ever responsible for her younger, developmentally delayed, brother Charlie is a nuisance. That is until Charlie goes missing and Sara is forced to rely on the help of a boy she thought was her enemy to find her brother. This story encompa [...]

    17. This book packed a lot into a few short pages and I can see why it won the Newbery Medal. Excellent story about 14-year-old Sara, her older sister Wanda, and their mentally handicapped younger brother Charlie who all live with their aunt in West Virginia. There's a lot to talk about here. Sara is struggling with the typical teenage problems that seem so important when you're 14, but also with the loss of her mother six years before, her distant father who works in another state, being raised by [...]

    18. Wow, a lot going on in those 140 pages. And not in a busy sort of way. The tale itself is actually refreshingly simple. I love the portrayal of Charlie, his innocence and wonder shines through the eyes of the narrator in a way that if he were to be given dialogue could not compare. I love the loyalty shown in a confident sister, Sara, and her fierce protection over her mentally disabled brother. One day she’s crying about her puce shoes – and the next afraid for the life of someone she truly [...]

    19. Life is so confusing at fourteen. You're growing up but your body is a mess. Your emotions take you on a roller coaster ride.None of that matters when your little brother disappears on night. Brain damaged in an illness, he doesn't talk, can't tell where he is, depends on things staying the same. But the swans are so beautiful on the lake he must go to see them again.Where is her brother? How do you find a boy who will be terrified when searchers start combing the woods?This is a good coming of [...]

    20. This book is filled with teenage girl drama that may annoy some, but others will be able to identify with.Sara's mother died. Aunt Willie is raising Sara, her sister, and brother. Charlie, the younger brother, is mentally challenged and is often teased. The girls have to care for Charlie who is often not compliant, but is difficult to deal with.Predictable, but could be good to listen to and discuss the audiobook on a family vacation.

    21. I'm sorry, but this was just a dumb book. The protagonist is completely shallow and unlikable and the story and themes were hardly developed. This is a classic tale of "you don't know what you've got till it's gone" (to quote Joni Mitchell), but it's so straightforward and simple that I really don't see what distinguishes this story. Also, a minor peeve: I would expect a story called The Summer of the Swans to take place over more than two days' time.

    22. Not much to this book. A short story with slightly annoying characters (again, not the best audio bookybe I'm too picky about who reads to me). In 1970, a story centered around a "mentally handicapped" boy was extraordinary, I'm sure. In 2017, I recommend Rules instead.

    23. I really did like this book, but it felt entirely to short. I feel like the ideas were there, but the surface of the various topics (death, absentee parents, coping with mentally challenged persons) were barely realized. It definitely could have been longer, but I still did enjoy it!

    24. If you are looking for something to read do NOT READ THIS BOOK!!! If you are even thinking about it DON'T!!! This book was totally boring.

    25. Newbery Award 1971It is amazing that Byars packed so much into a book that spans only a few days. Powerful book about family & growing up.

    26. I had to give this book 3 stars, which suprised me. I read it when it first came out because I was intrigued by the cover art. I had a sort of like-hate relationship with the story--it's a total downer until the very end, and the end is very strange. However, it stayed with me. When I picked it up yesterday to re-read it after decades, I was amazed at how much of the text had stayed with me word-for-word over the years. If that's the case, it must have had an impact. Hardly a "Summer", the story [...]

    27. I view this as a coming of age story about fourteen year old Sara, her nineteen year old sister Wanda and her ten year old brother Charlie who is mentally disabled. Sara, her brother and sister love with their aunt Willie who has been raising them since their mother died six years ago. Sara's father is not really present in their lives and Sara feels anger towards him.This story focuses on Sara's range of emotions as she is becoming older and is becoming tired of having to be responsible for wat [...]

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