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Betsy Was a Junior/Betsy and Joe Paperback – September 29, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0061794728 ISBN-10: 0061794724

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061794724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061794728
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Slipping into Betsy’s world is like slipping into a favorite pair of well-worn slippers: It’s always a pleasure to live in Betsy’s world for a little while, to experience her simple joys, but also her (thankfully short-lived) sorrows.” (Meg Cabot)

“There are three authors whose body of work I have re-read more than once over my adult life: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Maud Hart Lovelace.” (Anna Quindlen)

“I re-read these books every year, marveling at how a world so quaint - Shirtwaists! Pompadours! Merry Widow Hats! - can feature a heroine who is undeniably modern.” (Laura Lippman)

“I read every one of these Betsy-Tacy-Tib books twice. I loved them as a child, as a young adult, and now, reading them with my daughter, as a mother. What a wonderful world it was!” (Bette Midler, actor and singer)

“Some characters become your friends for life. That’s how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.” (Judy Blume, bestselling author)

“The Betsy-Tacy books were among my favorites when I was growing up.” (Nora Ephron, Academy Award-nominated director)

“I am fairly certain that my independent, high-spirited grandmother must have had a childhood similar to Betsy Ray’s…As I read..., I felt that I was having an unexpected and welcome peek into Granny’s childhood-a gift to me from Maud Hart Lovelace.” (Ann M. Martin, creator/author of The Baby-sitters Club)

“Family loyalty and the devotion of friends to one another, which for me are the defining characteristics of the Betsy-Tacy stories.” (Esther Hautzig, award-winning author, former Director of Children's Book Promotion for Thomas Y. Crowell Co., and former publicist for Betsy's Wedding in 1955)

“I truly consider BETSY AND TACY GO DOWNTOWN to be the finest novel in the English language! I will never love any other books as much as I love the Betsy-Tacy books.” (Claudia Mills, children's book author, winner of National Book Award and Golden Kite Award)

“I grew up 30 miles north of Mankato, and trips to town were filled with mystery and magic, because I was walking the same streets that Betsy and Tacy once walked. The Betsy-Tacy books...., more than any other books, fed my dream of becoming a writer one day.” (Jill Kalz, 2008 MN Book Awards Readers' Choice Award winner)

“When I was growing up in the Bronx, I had lots of friends. But the girls I most enjoyed spending time with were Betsy, Tacy and Tib....in the series by Maud Hart Lovelace... - three girls full of good ideas, adventures and fun.” (Johanna Hurwitz, award-winning author of more than sixty popular books for young readers)

From the Back Cover

Betsy Was a Junior: It's the best school year ever, especially now that charming, funny Tib Muller is back in Deep Valley. But when her crowd gets into trouble, Betsy's best year could turn out to be her worst.

Betsy and Joe: Betsy always thought she and Joe Willard were made for each other—and now that summer's over and senior year's begun, it seems her dream is coming true! But her friend Tony Markham has come calling as well—and his intentions are definitely romantic.


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Excellent series, wonderful characters.
Melody Murray
I read each of the "high school and beyond" books over and over when I was in high school, and continued to read them into college and beyond.
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I love the Betsy tacy books but these are my favorites!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have read and loved every book of Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series. But this book stands apart as a wonderful touching story. Betsy, at a small town high school, has always liked and been fascinated by Joe Willard, a proud orphan boy who is as talented a writer as she. Though they have their ups and downs, Betsy and Joe end up together in the end, like any good romantic story, and figure out they loved each other all the time. It just takes a wonderful story for them to find their love, which blossoms in the literary style and wonderful description of this enchanting story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
i am a 14 year old from chicogo and i got really into all of the betsy-tacy books. i read them all three times. i'm not kidding, they were that good. i think that maud hart lovelace has created a series of masterpieces that are perfect for any girl who loves to laugh, and even cry, over a good book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cubs Fan on August 2, 2005
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My mother's hometown is the real Deep Valley, and I have loved these books for as long as I can remember. My grandmother and I spent a summer vaction tirelessly hunting down out of print, hardcover copies of all the high school books. They were, and remain, my very favorite young adult literature. I read them over and over because the invoke memories of a less frenzied time. I strongly recommend them for anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cutpiegtc on December 2, 1998
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this is the culmination of the Betsy series. It is the zenith of youth, the crux of Betsy's life: she and Joe finally get together, merging two souls and creating a new life. This book is very sweet, creating an accurate portrayal of life at the turn of the century. Betsy makes you laugh, cry, and rejoice as she finds happieness. It is a tale of childhood delights progressing to mature happiness and fufillment. A great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
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Betsy and Joe finally come together . . . and even then things don't always go smoothly! Full of tendeness and humor. Deep Valley at its best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
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My mother read the Betsy-Tacy series to me as a child and i've read them myself over and over again. Although I'm now in college I still enjoy them every time. I recomend this series to everyone! There's something about Betsy that just holds you to the books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Hart on April 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I also love this book and the entire Betsy Tacy series and want to let everyone know that all six books from Heaven to Betsy through Betsy's Wedding will be back in print in September 2009! They will come in three 2-book omnibus editions: Heaven to Betsy/Betsy in Spite of Herself; Betsy Was a Junior/Betsy and Joe; Betsy and the Great World/Betsy's Wedding. They will have forewords by Laura Lippman, Meg Cabot and Anna Quindlen, respectively! Here's a link to Betsy was a Junior/Betsy and Joe.Betsy Was a Junior/Betsy and Joe (P.S.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Karotkin on October 3, 2009
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These books cover Betsy and her crowd's last 2 years of high schools. Collectively, this part of the series is known as "The High School" books. These 2 are particular faves of mine. While I loved Heaven to Betsy (and is the first hard cover I have of the series), Betsy In Spite of Herself is not one of my faves. So I was very happy when she came "back to herself" in Betsy Was a Junior.

I grew up reading these books, beginning with Betsy-Tacy and the other childhood books. But this series is not just for kids or YA's; it's for everyone.

Only as a middle-aged adult did I realize how much I learned from these books and what a great influence they had on my life and still do.

I cannot recommend them enough!
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