Betsy Byars (August 7, 1928 February 26, 2020) was an American author of middle grade fiction. Most of her work is centered around children on the cusp of adolescence as they deal with some of life's more difficult problems; including abandonment, disability, death, or abuse. She had written over sixty children's books, including the winner of the 1971 Newberry Metal for Summer of the Swans.
Works by Betsy Byars with their own trope pages include:
- The Pinballs (1977)
Other works by Betsy Byars include:
- The Cartoonist (1978)
- The Eighteenth Emergency (1973)
- The Night Swimmers (1980)
- Summer of the Swans (1970)
- The Two-Thousand-Pound Goldfish (1982)
Other tropes related to Betsy Byars:
- Age-Appropriate Angst:
- The Film of the Book: A couple of her novels have been turned into movies, primarily for television; including The Pinballs, and Summer of the Swans.
- Free-Range Children
- Parental Abandonment: This had occurred with such frequently in Byar's work that she herself had commented on it.
- Promotion to Parent: A number of her more serious works, including The Night Swimmers, involve an older sibling suddenly being thrust into the parental role when their real parent is either dead, emotionally absent, or has outright abandoned them.