Coast to Coast by Betsy Byars

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When Birch agreed to one last flight in her grandfather’s Piper Cub, neither knew it would be a life-changing trip
Birch’s grandfather, “Pop,” wants to take his plane out for one more trip before moving into a retirement home. He wants to take Birch along with him, which sounds like a fine plan—until the two decide to turn the short flight into a cross-country adventure without telling Birch’s parents. As grandfather and granddaughter soar westward across strange, beautiful landscapes, Birch begins to learn more about her past, a grandmother she lost, and a family member she never knew she had. Coast to Coast is a grand adventure; a heartwarming story of family revelations; and a panoramic view of the United States by air. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
 

About Betsy Byars

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Betsy Cromer Byars was born in1928. She graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. While she was in graduate school, she began writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post and Look. Byars writes novels for young people. She is an expert at tapping in to the pain of adolescence, using bits of her own experience to flavor her characters. She is author of more than 23 books and has won numerous awards. Her book about a 14-year-old girl and her mentally retarded brother, The Summer of the Swans (1970), won the Newberry Award as the most distinguished contribution to children's literature that year. Other books include The 18th Emergency (1973), The TV Kid (1976), and After the Goat Man (1995).
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 142 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Birch's grandfather, "Pop," takes her up in his antique Piper Cub, it's supposed to be his farewell flight: the plane's to be sold, while newly widowed Pop is preparing to move to a retirement home.

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Byars, a licensed amateur pilot, brings her knowledge of and enthusiasm for flying to this novel of the cross-country flight an impetuous 13-year-old and her grandfather make in his Piper Cub.

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brings her knowledge of and enthusiasm for flying'' to this novel about a 13-year-old girl and her grandfather, who travel cross-country in a Piper Cub.

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