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The Not-Just-Anybody Family

The Not-Just-Anybody Family

1986 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Betsy Byars
ISBN: 0440459516
Hardcover Price: $13.00
Paperback Price: $4.99
Standing on the barn with cloth wings tied to his outstretched arms, seven-year-old Junior Blossom is waiting for the spirit to lift him. Spying an approaching police car and yelling a warning to his sibling below, Junior unwittingly sets in motion events which would seem ludicrous in an ordinary family. But the Blossoms are not ordinary.

With a mother who is a rodeo trick rider, a grandfather who innocently manages to scare the local citizenry and get himself arrested, and a dog who wears a red bandanna - not to mention a boy who thinks he can fly - it is not surprising that the Blossoms attract misadventures.

In this very funny novel, Betsy Byars is in rare form as she writes with empathy and humor about children who are not in the mainstream of American society.

Kemie Nix   ©1986 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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