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Encyclopedia > Summer of the Swans
Summer of the Swans

Early edition cover
Author Betsy Byars
Illustrator Ted CoCorvs
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Children's novel
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date 1971
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-14-031420-2

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Summer of the Swans was filmed as Sara's Summer of the Swans for an ABC after school special. DVD release for Martin Tahses After School Specials from 1979-1980 An after school special is a type of American television program intended to be viewed by adolescents when they returned home from school, usually at about 4:00 . ...

Plot introduction

Sara Godfrey lives in an unnamed part of West Virginia with her Aunt Willie (real name Wilhemina Godfrey); her older sister Wanda, a nurse at the local hospital; and their autistic younger brother Charlie. (Charlie's autism began with a brain fever when he was still an infant) Their father, who is Aunt Willie's brother, lives and works in middle Ohio, and is often remote.

One day, Charlie and Sara see swans at the lakeside, a beautiful and elegant sight. Charlie wants to see them again and gets lost in the forest and Sara and her friends have to rescue him. The story is a coming-of-age story for the fourteen year-old Sara; especially with a boy named Joe Melby. Joe was wrongly accused by Sara of losing Charlie's watch, but when his own watch is broken, Joe, who also helps Sara in the search, lends Charlie his own watch.

Preceded by
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

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