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Summer of Swans[1]

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The Summer of
the Swans
Study Guide
for
by Betsy Byars
TH E GL E N C O E LI T E R A T U R E LI B R A R Y
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born, she became interested in writing for
young people.
Her WorkByars had difficulty finding a pub-
lisher for her first book,C lem en t in e, but it was

finally published in 1962. Since then, Byars has
gone on to write more than fifty books. Her books
have won many awards, including a Newbery

Medal, an American Book Award, and an
Edgar\u2014an award for outstanding mysteries. Her

work has changed over the years. Although a
teacher had urged her to \u201cwrite about what you
know,\u201d Byars did not take the advice at first: she
did not think her life was worth reading about.

She was born in North Carolina in 1928, \u201cthe

same year as bubble gum and Mickey Mouse,\u201d she says, and she had a happy, uneventful childhood. What was so interesting about that?

Realistic FictionByars soon learned that her
life held plenty of interest for other people. In
1968, her novel M idnight Fox was published.
It was followed by Trouble River in 1969 and
T he Summer of the Swansin 1970. All three
novels are realistic stories about lifelike peo-
ple in real settings. All three novels won loyal
readers. Luckily, Byars found that ideas were
easy to come by after all. She says:
Since my books are mostly realistic fiction,
I get my ideas from the things that happen to
me, to my kids, to my dogs and cats, to my
friends\u2019 dogs and cats, and from things I see on
T V and read about in the newspaper. . . .
[A ]lmost every incident brings back a memory.
Byars explains that when people write
about things that they know, they write with
authority. She has become an authority on
many subjects, including flying, which is a
hobby she shares with her husband. Both of
them are pilots.

Byars has now been writing for forty years. Unlike the writers whose pictures she saw as a child, she has a lively face, filled with humor and interest. In all her years of writing, she

says, \u201csitting in a room all by myself, typing,
I\u2019ve never once been bored.\u201d
Meet Betsy Byars

I often think of my books as scrapbooks of my
life, because I put in them all the neat things
that I see and read and hear. I sometimes

wonder what people who don\u2019t write do with
all their good stuff.
\u2014Bet sy Byars, The Moon and I
The Summer of the SwansStudy Guide
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Betsy Byars did not plan to be a writer.

When she was a child, her only view of writers was what she saw in photos on book jackets. Those views did not inspire her.

She thought the writers looked \u201cfunny, as
if they\u2019d been taken to a taxidermist and
stuffed.\u201d She decided that this lifeless look

probably resulted from their being shut up
inside a room all day, alone and bored. She
had other career plans. First, she thought

she would work in a zoo, taking care of

baby animals. Later, she thought she would be a mathematician, like her sister Nancy; but Byars lost interest after taking calculus in college.

What did interest her were books and
words. Byars had learned to read at age four,
and she had always loved reading. She
changed her college major to writing. After
graduation, while her husband attended
graduate school, Byars wrote articles on an
old typewriter. Her first pieces were pub-
lished in magazines. After her children were
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Introducing the Novel
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Book Title Here Study Guide
The Summer of the SwansStudy Guide
14
Swans are large white water fowl. They are
excellent swimmers and strong fliers. Their
size and beauty have inspired many artists and
writers. In this country, you are most likely to
see one of two species: the so-called mute
swan or the whistling swan.

\u2022 Mute swans are not really mute, or silent. They can make sounds\u2014from soft hissing to loud trumpeting noises\u2014but they are

usually quiet. These are large birds, up to
five feet tall, with wings that can spread as
wide as eight feet. Mute swans are often

photographed because they are so pretty.
Adults have large white bodies, arched
wings, gracefully curved necks, and orange
and black bills. In the United States, most
mute swans live near the Great Lakes or in
mid-Atlantic coastal areas.
\u2022 Whistling swans are slightly smaller than
mute swans. Unlike the larger swans,
these birds have longer necks, which are
straight, not curved. Whistling swans
migrate long distances, traveling each fall
from the Far North down to their winter
homes near the Great Lakes and the
Atlantic shore. These swans have deep,
rich voices\u2014which sound a little like the
voices of geese\u2014and they are often heard
before they are seen. They often travel in
large flocks made up of hundreds of birds.
Did You Know?
This heavily wooded, mountainous area
forms the setting for this story. Try to picture
the scenery as you read. Think about how
dangerous the deep valleys and old abandoned
mines might be to curious children.
CRITIC\u2019 S CORNER
Betsy Byars, a sensitive writer with an ear and heart attuned to the
subtleties of growing up, has created a story of extraordinary understanding
and warmth.
\u2014Top of t he News

Seldom are the pain of adolescence and the tragedy of mental retardation presented as sensitively and as unpretentiously as in the story of Sara and C harlie. . . .[The Summer of the Swans is] a subtly told story, echoing the spoken and unspoken thoughts of young people.

\u2014Horn Book

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