Betsy Byars

"Writing is boring!" Have you ever said that? If you have, you are not alone. Lots of kids feel that way about writing. Even kids that grow up to be writers sometimes feel that way. Betsy Byars thought writing was boring when she was a kid. When she grew up, though, she became a writer.

She was born as Betsy Cromer in 1928. Her family lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. They also had a house out in the country. Her parents spent a lot of time reading. They taught their children to enjoy reading, too. Betsy liked to read, but she also enjoyed other things. She liked animals. She also liked to roller skate. It was one of her favorite things to do. She would roller skate to the library to get more books. She had fun, but she wasn't very good at it! She fell down a lot. Her knees were always covered in scabs.

Betsy had a lot of different ideas about what she wanted to do when she grew up. When she was younger, she wanted to work with wild animals. Her father wanted her to be a mathematician. She thought it sounded like a good idea. When she went to college, she majored in math...for a little while. It turned out that math wasn't right for Betsy. She wasn't doing well at all. So, she decided to study English instead.

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