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Cracker Jackson by  Betsy Byars - First Edition - 1985 - from Inga's Original Choices and Biblio.co.uk

Cracker Jackson

by Byars, Betsy

Condition: Very Good/Very Good-


New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Press, 1985. Pages [147] clean, unmarked, binding tight, slight lean to spine. Green boards, brown cloth spine, bright gilt lettering, clean, minor shelf wear. NON price-clipped DJ [$ 11.95] in new archival mylar, clean, colors bright, a little edge wear, small bit missing at top edge. Review Copy. After attempting to save his ex-babysitter from wife abuse, Cracker Johnson gains an adult insight into the sadness of failed heroics. Media Mail, Priority & some International shipping include free tracking information. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good-.

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. "In all of my school years, . . . not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. "Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love . I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn't grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon. First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn't emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post , Look ,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter. "Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I'm never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books -- something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wingscopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.




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