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The 18th Emergency

by Betsy Byars

Would you ever b a coward? You are a candidate for the emergency ward. Mouse Fowly has just done something very very dumb. No kid in his right mind would go out of his way to enrage Marv Hammerman, the school bully-but when Mouse saw the picture of the Neanderthal man; he just had to write Marv's name under it. Too bad Marv was standing right behind him while he was doing it. Now mouse had to choose between being on the run and being killed by the school bully.

After the Goat Man

by Betsy Byars

This Summer Harold V. Coleman was miserable. It didn't matter that he could make his voice sound deep and important on the phone or that he had won a WCLG Golden Oldie T-shirt. Nothing could make up for the fact that Harold V. Coleman was fat. And he couldn't talk about it to anyone. Even Ada wouldn't understand--she fed her ice cream cones to stray dogs at the Dairy Queen and could pedal her bike all the way up the steepest hills. His mother said she understood: "I understand, Harold. I would have liked an extra brownie for dessert, too." An extra brownie I He was beginning to think he was the most miserable person in the world, until he met Figgy and the Goat Man. Figgy and his grandfather, whom everybody called the Goat Man, lived in a row of houses built for people who had had to move to make room for a new superhighway. Figgy's grandfather hadn't wanted to move, and when he disappeared one day, Figgy knew he had gone back to his old cabin in the woods, desperate, he asked Harold and Ada to help him convince his grandfather to come back.

The Animal, The Vegetable, and John D. Jones

by Betsy Byars

It was supposed to be a great vacation for everyone. Clara and Deanie were thrilled about spending time with their father now that the divorce was final. But they're surprised and horrified at having to share Dad with his girl friend and her stuck-up son right in the same beach house! And for his part, John D Jones can't stand the arrangement either-especially the squabbling girls whom he dubs the Animal and the Vegetable. When Clara falls asleep on her plastic raft and is washed out to sea, everyone is hopeful until the float turns up without her. It's the first time they've all pulled together. But is it too late to reveal their true feelings?

Beans on the Roof

by Betsy Byars

George Bean always wants to play on the roof of his apartmentbuilding. But only his older sister Anna can sit there, because she's writing a roof poem. Anna may be the first Bean to be in a book if the poem wins a contest at school. George decides to write a roof poem too. Soon all the Beans are on the roof writing the roof poems. All except George. He needs some inspiration. How will he get it?

Bingo Brown and the Language of Love (Book #2)

by Betsy Byars

What Bingo wants is to start shaving, to have happy parents, and to improve his skills at mixed sex conversations by mastering the language of love. Every day he writes down his trials and triumphs. The trouble is that the summer before he turns twelve he keeps having to make long lists of trials and has no triumphs. A big blond who wants to be his girl friend is a trial, the expenses of keeping up with a girlfriend who has moved out of town is a trial. A best friend who calls him worm brain is a trial. Having to cook supper for his parents for 36 days as punishment is a trial, dog sitting a poodle who won't stop staring at him is a trial. A mother who has run away and a father who tells Bingo his troubles are trials. The most shocking trial is that he learns his days of being an only child are numbered. His mom is pregnant. What's a boy who considers himself a man to do? The pictures are described.

Bingo Brown, Gypsy Lover (Book #3)

by Betsy Byars

Gypsy Lover? It's a title with a romance rating of ten, but Bingo knows he's earned it. His long-distance romance with Melissa has made him the authority on matters of the heart. Melissa herself said Bingo is more romantic than Romondo, the dashing gypsy hero of her favorite book. Former tough guy Billy Wentworth is clamoring at his window for advice to the lovelorn. A girl named Boots is beating at his door, convinced that a boy named Bingo must be her soul mate. But now Bingo's hard-won gypsy-lover status is about to collide with a very different call to arms: big brotherdom. Bingo's parents are having a baby! One perfect son was not enough? Could they be trying to improve on Bingo? Worse, will the demands of brotherhood interfere with the call of love? Or will this be the chance for "Gyps" to pass on his hard-won knowledge of love to a new generation? Includes picture descriptions. Other books about Bingo Brown are available from Bookshare.

Bingo Brown's Guide to Romance (Book #4)

by Betsy Byars

Just as Bingo Brown confidently begins his definitive "Guide to Romance" as a legacy for his baby brother Jamie, a new romantic disaster looms. Melissa, the girl who made his heart beat like no other, mysteriously returns from Bixby, Oklahoma. But Melissa won't even give him the time of day, much less satisfy a "hunger of love" so great it cannot be quenched by a sausage biscuit and fries. What could have gone wrong? Is it problem number one, the Xeroxed Love Letter? Or the equally embarrassing problem number two, Girl Larger than Usual? Other books about Bingo Brown are available from Bookshare.

The Black Tower

by Betsy Byars

At the eerie Hunt mansion, Herculeah Jones has been reading aloud to Lionus Hunt, an elderly stroke victim who can only communicate by blinking his eyes (once for yes, twice for no). Mr. Hunt seems to be trying to tell Herculeah something, but his gruff nurse won?t allow her to ask any questions. What is Mr. Hunt trying to say? Is it related to a murder that took place in the mansion?s black tower years ago? And who is the creepy old lady who lives in the mansion? Herculeah?s friend Meat thinks she may be asking for trouble, but Herculeah Jones won?t quit until she gets to the bottom of this mystery. .

The Black Tower (Herculeah Jones Mystery #7)

by Betsy Byars

At the eerie Hunt mansion, Herculeah Jones has been reading aloud to Lionus Hunt, an elderly stroke victim who can only communicate by blinking his eyes (once for yes, twice for no). Mr. Hunt seems to be trying to tell Herculeah something, but his gruff nurse won't allow her to ask any questions. What is Mr. Hunt trying to say? Is it related to a murder that took place in the mansions black tower years ago? And who is the creepy old lady who lives in the mansion? Herculeah's friend Meat thinks she may be asking for trouble, but Herculeah Jones won't quit until she gets to the bottom of this mystery.

A Blossom Promise (The Blossoms, Book #4)

by Betsy Byars

For the Blossom family it's the best day of their lives and the worst. Maggie, out west with her mother, is about to become the newest Blossom on the rodeo circuit. And now that the rain has finally stopped, Junior can at last visit his friend Mad Mary in her cave in the woods. These two weeks of rain have been like an answer to a prayer for Vern and his friend Michael. Together they planned and built a perfect raft, and now, with everyone out watching the waters rise over the banks of the Snake River, they're sure their great voyage downstream will be witnessed with cheers. Vern's grandfather, Pap, is watching the river and dreaming about his old days as a rodeo star. Sudden he hears screams from the river and runs to the rescue. What will Pap find? How will the Blossom family pull together?

The Blossoms and the Green Phantom (The Blossoms, Book #3)

by Betsy Byars

No one has noticed Junior Blossom's new invention, even though Junior can plainly see that it's marvelous. He calls it the Green Phantom and it's almost finished--except for the final secret ingredient. The whole family makes a Blossom promise to ensure Junior's Green Phantom is a big success, and Junior knows a Blossom promise can never be broken. When the Green Phantom is ready, everyone gathers to cheer Junior on, except for two people: Pap, his grandfather, who has been missing, and Mom, who is at home worried and waiting near the phone. Pap is old, and his knees are weak--where can he be?

The Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady (The Blossoms, Book #2)

by Betsy Byars

What's Junior Blossom up to this time? When we first met Junior in The Not-Just-Anybody Family, he was trying to fly with his homemade wings. Now, having recovered from two broken legs, he's ready to startle the world by inventing the best coyote trap ever. But Junior's great ideas have a way of backfiring. Like his wings, his trap leads him into disaster. Deep in the forest he meets Mad Mary, the vulture lady, who eats varmint stew and who lives in a cave. She kidnaps Junior and he ends up her prisoner. Meanwhile the rest of the Blossom family sets out to search for him. They find the trap--but where's Junior?

The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown (Book #1)

by Betsy Byars

Bingo Brown wants some answers. But since joining Mr. Markham's English class, all he's been able to come up with are the questions. Like why has he suddenly become a human magnet for trouble? Will he ever understand girls, or how he fell in love with three of them in two minutes? And what about Billy Wentworth, the class Rambo. Why does he want to jump Bingo? And then there's Mr. Markham himself. He's definitely the best teacher Bingo's ever had, but he's weird. And getting weirder. How could Mr. M. make writing a letter to his own girlfriend a class assignment? How can Bingo do it, if he doesn't even know how mixed-sex conversations work? Mr. Markham seems to be slipping over the edge, but Bingo's got problems of his own. Then something happens, something Bingo could not have imagined. But it does raise a new burning question: Could Bingo have stopped it? This book contains picture descriptions. Other books about Bingo Brown are available from Bookshare.

The Cartoonist

by Betsy Byars

Suddenly Alfie has no place to draw his cartoons. A life spent in his private attic room, where he can draw his cartoons. When Alfie draws, he can be funny and smart--and make things turn out just the way he wants. So when Alfie's older brother decides to move back home and take over the attic, Alfie comes up with a drastic plan to keep the room for himself. If only he could be sure that staying there would solve all his problems...

Coast to Coast

by Betsy Byars

Birch's grandfather has always wanted to fly all the way across the U.S. in his antique Piper Cub. But now that Birch's grandmother has died and he's moving into a retirement community, he's decided to sell the plane. As Birch and her mother help him pack up the house, it's obvious to Birch that his spirits as well as his time are running out. He's just not the same old Pop. Much to Birch's surprise, it's easy to convince Pop to take off on a short trip on the spur of the moment. How hard can it be to talk him into making the big one and taking Birch along? Birch leans about herself and her family in this heart-warming book.

The Computer Nut

by Betsy Byars

Ten-year-old Kate begins a communication exchange on a computer with someone purporting to be from outer space, who says he is going to pay a visit to Earth soon.

Cracker Jackson

by Betsy Byars

"Keep away, Cracker, or he'll hurt you." When Cracker Jackson receives the "anonymous" note, he knows it's from his beloved exbabysitter, Alma. But what can an 11-year-old do, afraid to ask his divorced parents for help, yet desperately aware that Alma's in serious trouble? His best friend, class clown Goat, offers his support, but his schemes are high on lunacy and low on results. And then there's Alma herself, childlike in her affections and faith, caught up in a situation beyond her control. In a tour de force. Betsy Byars brings one of today's most complex issues into compassionate focus, while sending readers on a breakneck roller coaster ride with characters we laugh with, sympathize with, and most of all, remember with love.

The Cybil War

by Betsy Byars

Simon falls in love with his red-haired schoolmate, Cybil Ackerman, the first time he sees her cross her eyes. But the road to Cybil's heart is bumpy--mainly because of Simon's best friend, Tony Angotti. As Tony's cheerful, outrageous lies succeed in keeping Cybil and Simon apart, Simon's illusions about friendship and loyalty begin to melt rapidly.

The Cybil War

by Betsy Byars

Young love, told by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Summer of the Swans Simon is in fifth grade, and every time he sees Cybil Ackerman, his heart pounds. Falling in love with her was easy, but winning her is not. Simon's best friend, Tony, is also swooning over Cybil, and he'll stop at nothing to ruin Simon's chances of impressing her. When Simon realizes what Tony is up to, the war is on. . . but only Cybil can decide the outcome. Who will be the lucky winner of Cybil's heart? "Young love, fifth-grade variety, portrayed with warmth and humor and that extra, penetrating touch one expects of Byars. "-Kirkus Reviews An ALA Notable Book .

The Dark Stairs (Herculeah Jones Mystery #1)

by Betsy Byars

Mystery is in Herculeah Jones's blood. How could it not be, with a father on the police force and a mother running a private eye business? And how could Herculeah resist the strange case of "Dead Oaks"? The derelict estate is a local legend, a place of murder, insanity, and an unsolved disappearance. Now history could be repeating itself, unless Herculeah can crack the case. But first she has to get her parents to crack. Why is her father patrolling the grounds of Dead Oaks? And what does her mother's new client, a hulking creature who looks like an escapee from a zombie movie, have to do with it?

The Dark Stairs R/I

by Betsy Byars

Mystery is in Herculeah Jones's blood. How could it not be, with a father on the police force and a mother who's a private eye? So when Herculeah notices a man hanging around the "Dead Oaks" mansion, she can't resist doing some investigating of her own. Legend has it the old estate was the site of a murder, and now it looks like there's something even more nefarious going on. Can Herculeah crack the case before the mystery man closes in on her?

Dead Letter

by Betsy Byars

When Herculeah discovers a mysterious letter inside the lining of a secondhand coat, she suspects it's a desperate cry for help. If so, what happened to the person who wrote it? Herculeah thinks she knows the answer. What she doesn't know is that someone is watching her-someone who will do anything to keep her quiet. .

Dead Letter (Herculeah Jones Mystery #3)

by Betsy Byars

When her best friend, Meat, narrowly escapes a hired gunman's bullet, Herculeah Jones has another mystery on her hands. Just as she begins to piece together the clues, she's kidnapped and taken to Death's Door, a deserted bookstore that may be too aptly named. Because somewhere in the dark, stalking Herculeah, is the assassin -- and this time, he's determined not to miss.

Death's Door

by Betsy Byars

When her best friend, Meat, narrowly escapes a hired gunman's bullet, Herculeah Jones has another mystery on her hands. Just as she begins to piece together the clues, she's kidnapped and taken to Death's Door, a deserted bookstore that may be too aptly named. Because somewhere in the dark, stalking Herculeah, is the assassin -- and this time, he's determined not to miss.

Death's Door (Herculeah Jones Mystery #4)

by Betsy Byars

When her best friend, Meat, narrowly escapes a hired gunman's bullet, supersleuth Herculeah Jones finds herself up to her neck in a mystery that may be her last. Herculeah knows that whoever marked her bumbling sidekick for a hit must have mistaken him for someone else--someone who could easily be identified by the cowboy hat Meat just happened to be wearing: someone like Meat's strange uncle Neiman. With an investigative expertise inherited from her P.I. mom and policedetective dad, Herculeah is quick to pick up the trail of clues. But when Neiman, the intended victim, turns out to be a kidnapper, Herculeah is forced to take a wild ride to Death's Door--the bookstore Neiman owns that might be too aptly named. Because somewhere in the dark, waiting for Herculeah, is the very assassin they've been trying to elude. And this time, he's determined not to miss.

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