Summer of the swans is a childrens novel by betsy byars about fourteen year old sara godfreys search for her missing mentally challenged brother charlie it won the newbery medal in 1971 summer of the swans was adapted for television as saras summer of the swans in 1974. Genre fiction all summer sara godfrey has fretted over herself her impossible body her terrible new haircut one moment shes elated the next shes in tears the summer of the swans discussion guide these questions will help readers understand the characters and their actions in the summer of the swans by betsy byars. The summer of the swans is a girl that is on a summer vacationshe never had the perfect summer and shes had 14 summers thats gone bad for herthis summer its about to be different for hertheres a girl named sara with a brother named charlie and a pet named boysiesara did not want to go on the vacation the summerher aunt are coming with her . The summer of the swans explores a young girls coming of age when she faces the disappearance of her younger brother and realizes her own petty concerns pale in comparison to lifes real and harrowing events when sara finally locates charlie she realizes the importance of meaningful loving relationships. The trumpet of the swan is a childrens novel by eb white published in 1970 it tells the story of louis pronounced loo ee by the author in the audiobook a reference to trumpeter louis armstrong a point that is made explicit in the book a trumpeter swan born without a voice who overcomes this difficulty by learning to play a trumpet in order to impress a beautiful swan named serena
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