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


Bank Street Children's Book Award

Charlie May Simon Book Award (Arkansas)

Library of Congress Children’s Books

Georgia Children’s Book Award

California Young Reader Medal

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin)

School Library Journal Best Book

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

Horn Book Fanfare

William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas)

Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (Minnesota)

Mark Twain Award (Missouri)

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. 

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.

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 / Social Themes / Special Needs
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Adoption
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes

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