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Betsy Byars
Born Betsy Cromer
(1928-08-07)August 7, 1928
Charlotte, North Carolina, US
Died February 26, 2020(2020-02-26) (aged 91)
Seneca, South Carolina, US
Occupation Children's author, novelist, freelance writer
  • Furman University
  • Queens College
Period 1962–2010
Genre Children's fiction, Young adult fiction, Historical fiction, Realistic fiction
Notable works
Notable awards Newbery Medal
National Book Award

Betsy Cromer Byars (August 7, 1928 – February 26, 2020) was an American children's writer. Her novel Summer of the Swans won the 1971 Newbery Medal. She has also received a National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The Night Swimmers (1980) and an Edgar Award for Wanted ... Mud Blossom (1991). Because of the popularity of her books with children, she has also been listed as one of the Educational Paperback Association's top 100 authors. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Byars died on February 26, 2020 in Seneca, South Carolina of problems caused from a fall at the age of 91.

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