The summer of the swans contains the theme of growing up or coming of age in regards to the main character sara sara is at a rough age caught halfway between childhood and adulthood the whole world seems to be against sara saras body betrays her with its big feet her ridiculously height and her poor tortured hair. This study guide consists of approximately 42 pages of chapter summaries quotes character analysis themes and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of the summer of the swans sara godfrey is a fourteen year old who feels awkward ugly and unattractive because she has large feet . Summer of the swans is a childrens novel by betsy byars about fourteen year old sara godfreys search for her missing mentally challenged brother charlie it won the newbery medal in 1971 summer of the swans was adapted for television as saras summer of the swans in 1974. The summer of the swans explores a young girls coming of age when she faces the disappearance of her younger brother and realizes her own petty concerns pale in comparison to lifes real and harrowing events when sara finally locates charlie she realizes the importance of meaningful loving relationships. The summer of the swans by betsy byars in the newbery award winning book the summer of the swans saras life is turned upside down when her mentally retarded brother disappearsher brother charlie loves to go to the lake and watch the swans late one night he gets out of bed to follow them and becomes lost in the dark
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