The Midnight Fox

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Viking Press, 1968 - Juvenile Fiction - 157 pages
21 Reviews
Tom is forced to stay at his aunt's house in the country when his parents go on vacation. Unhappy at first, he slowly learns to appreciate the land and the animals. One day, he finds a fox and her cub, and this unlikely trio forms a close friendship. Tom's adventures with the foxes make his stay in the country go by very quickly, and before he knows it, the vacation is over! Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

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User Review  - Paula - Goodreads

I really enjoyed the dialogue, and the protagonist was immensely likable. But the plot was slight and I also found it light on explanation for the boy's fascination with the fox. Still, glad I read it. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Strauss - Goodreads

The first fulltext story that I read. Read full review

Contents

Bad News
9
The Trouble with Leaving
19
Abandoned
26
Copyright

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About the author (1968)

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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