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The Pinballs

By Betsy Byars (2)

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Betsy Byars, acclaimed author of The Summer of the Swans, crafts another insightful tale into childhood vulnerability with The Pinballs, an intimate glimpse at the lives of three foster kids pulled together by happenstance. Mr. and Mrs. Mason have decided to take in another set of foster children, this time a trio of children, all whom have been the victims of deep emotional and physical abuse. Harvey, a thirteen-year-old boy, is wheelchair-bound, paralyzed due to his father’s rage-induced and alcohol-fueled driving. Thomas J is a sheltered child, who was deserted as a baby, and taken in by a pair of elderly sisters, whose respective infirmities have now forced them to place the boy in foster care. Carlie, the caustic oldest of the three, has an inherent difficulty trusting others, mainly due to her mother’s complete disregard and stepfather’s abuse. The three children, with the dedicated encouragement of the Masons, start to slowly bond and pull together, learning to find within themselves the courage and self-respect to begin to shape their own lives. While Byars deals with a dark and emotionally painful topic, she handles the subject of abuse with sensitivity, and chronicles the self-journeys of the three children with an engaging pen, which will undoubtedly elicit both empathy and respect from readers.

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    Study Guide: The Pinballs (eBook)

    Learning Links/Novel-Ties
    24 Pages, Grades 4 - 7
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    Study Guide: The Pinballs (eBook)

    Created to benefit newer middle school students with a greater understanding and appreciation for literature, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will encourage and train students for more complex reading in the future. Pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets are supplied on a chapter-by-chapter basis, which allows students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a reputable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 5, constituted of the following additional titles: Bridge to Terabithia; Island of the Blue Dolphins; My Side of the Mountain; The Pinballs; Tuck Everlasting; Sign of the Beaver; The Phantom Tollbooth; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; The Fighting Ground; Matilda; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson; Lily's Crossing; The Borrowers; The Whipping Boy; Toliver's Secret; Bloomability; On My Honor; Summer of the Monkeys; Among The Hidden; Castle in the Attic; The Wanderer; Call It Courage; Amos Fortune, Free Man; Crash; Becoming Naomi Leon; Bud, Not Buddy; Seedfolks; Esperanza Rising; George Washington's Socks; Crispin: The Cross of Lead; Among the Imposters; Fever 1793; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Surviving the Applewhites; Al Capone Does My Shirts; Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; Three Cups of Tea; Elijah of Buxton; Marley, A Dog Like No Other; Rules. All precursory Novel-Ties eBooks can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.

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    Literature Guide: The Pinballs (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    On The Mark Press
    62 Pages, Grades 4 - 6
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    Literature Guide: The Pinballs (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    Specifically designed to enable students to develop important reading skills, On The Mark Press' Lit Links eBook guides contain numerous creative and cross-curricular activities for increasing students' competency in reading. This guide seeks to strengthen reading comprehension with reproducible chapter-by-chapter questions, comprehension questions, and more - complete with an answer key for educators. Also includes an author bio and story synopsis.This eBook is an entry in the Lit Links series of literature guides from On The Mark Press. Popular titles covered in the series include: Frindle, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Abel's Island; Superfudge; The Cay; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Owls in the Family; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; A Wrinkle in Time; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Trumpet of the Swan; Freckle Juice, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.