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The Cybil War Hardcover – April 1, 1990

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About the Author

Betsy Byars, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, received a degree in English from Queens College there. Currently, she lives in Clemson, SC with her husband, a college professor. They have four grown children--one son and three daughters--and five grandchildren. "My own hobbies," Byars says, "are rather quiet. I like to read and do needlework, and I love animals. But my husband has some very interesting hobbies, and through him, I've learned to fly and earned my pilot's license. Together, we fly all over the United States. Since our children are all grown now, we also travel a great deal in Europe, but we take commercial flights because our plane is not really equipped to make transatlantic flights."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 700 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812406095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812406092
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,369,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has always been one of my favorites since childhood - and I still find myself rereading it occasionally when I have a spare half-hour! I don't know if the illustrations have been redone, but the pencils in the original printing were beautiful, and they really captured the different emotional tones of the book. True, it's a simple plot (two boys fight over girl), but the way Simon deals with his father's abandonment and the complexity of Tony's personality (sometimes cruel, sometimes sweet) is very mature. BCB doesn't patronize her readers; the intensity of emotions that Simon feels concerning "trivial" ten-year-old matters (his best friend's lying is The Absolute Betrayal) is the best representation of childhood you'll find in such a brief book.
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A Kid's Review on September 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was easy to read. This book is so typical in the life of a fith grader. The plot is two boys like the same girl and the main character,in this case Simon, always gets the girl. It was love at first sight for Simon. He had to work hard to get her. He lost his B.F. (best friend) in the process.
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A Kid's Review on January 10, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
The Cybil War was a great book which took place in a modern day town. It was about a girl named Cybil and two best friends named Simon and Tony who liked her.
This story was about Simon and Tony who both love Cybil. When Simon hears that Tony told Cybil Simon said she has popsicle legs, he is furious. That is how they start the Cybil War.
I found this book really funny and I became curious as I read. For example when Simon and Tony both liked Cybil I became curious to read what would happen next. I found it funny when Tony told Cybil that Simon said she had popsicle legs.This book was a book you would want to read.
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A Kid's Review on January 10, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
This story is about Simon and Tony fighting over a girl named Cybil. The main characters are Cybil, Tony, and Simon. The story takes place in Simon's home town in present day. Simon and Tony are best friends. Simon has been in love with a girl named Cybil for 3 years. Then Tony decides he loves Cybil so Tony tries to get Cybil to hate Simon. Simon finds this out and prevents her from hating him. Read this book to see who gets Cybil.
I think this story is funny when Tony said his grandma told him his brother`s small shoes were magic shoes. It was also funny when Tony said Simon had to go out with a fat girl named Harriet Haywood. It is also funny when Simon was bragging that he won the war for Cybil. That's why this book is funny.
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Format: School & Library Binding
The Cybil War is a pretty predictable book. You know by the first 40 to 60 pages what is going to happen. But still, I liked it. One of my friends read it and said it was really, really boring. I read it anyway. I'm glad I did because it was pretty good. The characters are a girl named Cybil, a boy named Tony, and another boy named Simon. Tony always lies and takes advantage of Simon. Both Simon and Tony have a mad crush on Cybil. I didn't really think the characters were believeable. I thought that they were too perfect. Even though I felt this way about the characters, I still liked the book.
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