After the Goat Man

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After the Goat Man

by Betsy Byars (The Bodley Head, 1974)

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A remarkable middle grade novel. By delving deep into the protagonists’ wistful ruminations—especially poor overweight Harold’s—Byars not only guides her characters to a precocious philosophical maturity (cf. Peanuts) but also holds the reader’s attention despite there being almost no plot.

 

 

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