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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Betsy Byars Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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When you're a pinball, life is a risky game, especially for three adolescent children placed in a foster home. Their hard-won defenses are firmly in place as these three uneasy strangers meet their foster parents. For each of these children who were failed by their families, caring for others is so scary it hurts. No one has been in control. But as their daily lives become dotted with fried chicken dinners, puppies, and birthdays, they begin to hope that even pinballs can be winners.

Betsy Byars, the National Book Award-winning author of McMummy, writes stories that are beloved by young listeners, their parents and teachers alike. Her thoroughly believable but quirky characters have captivated countless fans; The Pinballs was chosen by almost 60,000 children in Georgia as their favorite book. The American Library Association agrees, designating it an ALA Notable Children's Book. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 2/10/2014

    " A story of getting through the bad times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 2/5/2014

    " I remember reading this book in elementary school and feeling heartbroken for the characters. The characters in this book are called Pinballs because they are foster-children bounced from house to house. If you want a quick read that will have you feeling some emotion, check this book out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caralyn | 1/31/2014

    " It was good. But it was really sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimball | 1/28/2014

    " Mom gave me this book when I was 10-12 I think. It was decent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/28/2014

    " 5 stars based on memory. Read this book probably twentysome years ago and I still think about it to this day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 1/24/2014

    " We have a large foster kid population, and this book reminded me of many of their stories. I would never do this book with my class, but every teacher at my school should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/11/2014

    " i read this YEARS ago, but its one of those that I remember often...it just stuck with me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Kate | 12/18/2013

    " also read it for school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/17/2013

    " I loved this book. I read it in 6th grade and since its a slow read sometimes i pick it up when I cant sleep. it brings back the good memories of junior high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/4/2013

    " I read this book back in fifth grade, but I just remember it was a book that I highly enjoyed!! :) Would recommend to any fifth grader or beyond :) Whatever age group ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Acenmh | 10/25/2013

    " This is and interesting story of one summer when 3 kids really get to know each other.I think young hearts will love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Pluck | 10/11/2013

    " I loved this book as a kid and still remember it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/11/2013

    " This is one of Byers better books. Most of her others aren't that good, but I still have read a bunch of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 4/1/2013

    " i like this book because it is funny, and it could happen in real life. the end of the book is bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 11/29/2011

    " i like it and it really good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennarose | 10/1/2011

    " beautiful story...I was overwhelmed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/10/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The unlikely story of a thrown together family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 10/10/2010

    " I read this book either during 4th or 5th grade that was a long time ago so I can't quite remember but this was probably the first book I read that ever left any kind of impression on me. I remember the book well and decided that this was the first book ever that got me on a reading kick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 9/27/2010

    " Read this when I was younger but LOVE it as an adult...great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 7/3/2010

    " This book was sort of boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/25/2010

    " For as devastatingly truthful the first part is, the ending was imaginary "

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About the Author
Author Betsy ByarsWhen she was a young girl living in Charlotte, North Carolina, Betsy Byars thought being a writer was a boring career, and never imagined she'd become an author one day. But years later, while her husband attended graduate school, Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post, Look, and other magazines. And as her family grew and her children began to read, Betsy Byars began to write books for young readers. She learned that her childhood preconceptions about writing were incorrect and that there was more to being a writer than just sitting in front of a typewriter all day. In fact, she discovered firsthand that it was exciting and stimulating to create her own stories and characters.
About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.