The Pinballs

by Betsy Byars

On Sale: 07/02/2019

The Pinballs

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The Pinballs

by Betsy Byars

On Sale: 07/02/2019


ALA Notable Children’s Book

Bank Street Children's Book Award

California Young Reader Medal

Charlie May Simon Book Award (Arkansas)

Georgia Children’s Book Award

Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin)

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Library of Congress Children’s Books

Mark Twain Award (Missouri)

Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (Minnesota)

Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

School Library Journal Best Book

William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas)

About the Book

From Newbery-winning author Betsy Byars comes a story full of "poignancy, perception, and humor" (The Chicago Tribune), about three foster kids who learn what it takes to make a family. This chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 7 to 9 who are reading independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children.

You can't always decide where life will take you—especially when you're a kid.

Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J, she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper to bumper. As soon as you get settled, somebody puts another coin in the machine and off you go again.

But against her will and her better judgment, Carlie and the boys become friends. And all three of them start to see that they can take control of their own lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062881786
  • ISBN 10: 0062881787
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 07/02/2019
  • Pages: 144
  • List Price:8.50 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Adoption
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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