Charlotte, NC, US
Betsy Byars is the author of more than 60 children’s books. Byars won the Newbery Medal for her novel Summer of Swans (1971) and the National Book Award for The Night Swimmers (1980). Her books have appeared on the best books lists of the American Library Association, School Library Journal, American Bookseller, and more. She was born on Aug. 7, 1928 in Charlotte, N.C.