The Eighteenth Emergency

The Eighteenth Emergency

by Betsy Byars (Viking, 1973)

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Benjie is running scared from the school Goliath, an emergency that offers no blithe, fanciful solutions such as have been devised for escaping shark attacks and the like. Betsy Byars’ well-rounded social survival tale both takes seriously yet contextualises Benjie’s all-consuming dread.


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