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. Summer of the swans betsy byars older sister gets lost aunt willie see the swans brother charlie younger brother coming of age years old sister wanda middle school even though handicapped brother lost in the woods newbery award mentally challenged little brother point of view young adult. The summer of the swans is a girl that is on a summer vacationshe never had the perfect summer and shes had 14 summers thats gone bad for herthis summer its about to be different for hertheres a girl named sara with a brother named charlie and a pet named boysiesara did not want to go on the vacation the summerher aunt are coming with her . The summer of the swans you may feel as if you know the godfreys sara and wanda some times argue just as real sisters do sara often has to take care of her younger brother just as real life older sisters do aunt willie sometimes nags the children to do the right thing just as real adults do as the novel begins sara complains this. 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
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