Into my Bookshelf: The Pinballs

Welcome back to my bookshelf! Next up is The Pinballs, by Betsy Byars.

Like the other entries so far from my short shelf, this is a book I haven’t read in a very long time. It’s a children’s book, but not for especially young children. I don’t recall when I read it, but when I was probably too young. I would say middle school age off the top of my head.

The story is about three foster children who are bounced around from place to place, hence “The Pinballs” – a name they adopted for themselves. It’s well-written, relatively short, and definitely a tearjerker if you’ve got a tender spot for children who’ve been stepped on or run over.

Because one of the boys was literally run over by his father, just backed up the car right over him and broke his legs. I would say “oops”, but that’s probably in poor taste.

I inherited the book from my eldest sister, who liked to give me her emotionally scarring books when she finished them, usually before I was old enough to really be reading such things. You’ll hear more about that later in my bookshelf and you’ll see what I mean.

In the end, though, the book is uplifting, obviously, as it is meant for children. So if you like a book about the underprivileged beating the odds that’s a quick and interesting read, this is a good one.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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