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Betsy Was a Junior/Betsy and Joe Paperback – September 29, 2009
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
I bought the series & re-read it, and it was one of those rare things remembered from childhood that turn out to be even better than you remember them! They are lovely stories of the long friendship between two girls who grow up together in late 1800s - early 1900s Minnesota, closely based on the author's own life. Sounds sentimental, maybe, I know - but the entire series is just charming, both in its characters and their stories, and in the books' evocative depiction of life in a different time.
The first few Betsy-Tacy books are about very young girls, and as such are simpler, written for girls of about ages 7- 11 or so. The books become increasingly complex as the girls grow up, ending with the characters' various college educations, travels and marriages.The book I'm reviewing consists of two of the latest books together, and are necessarily a bit more serious, as they depict the character's lives during World War I, adjusting to marriage, etc.
ANYWAY - everyone I've introduced to the Betsy-Tacy books, young or old, have loved them. This includes my husband, who had his doubts but eventually picked up one of the mid-period books, couldn't put it down, and ended up reading, and loving, the entire series! * A note; it's well worth searching out the original hardcovers, or some of the earlier paperback reprints for the original pen-&-ink illustrations, which are (again) charming and gracefully rendered -even if only to have seen them! They are far better than the newer, full-color drawings used in most of reprints of the
later Betsy-Tacy books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it! I was thrilled to be able to find the series and buy them! I bought them just for my book collection because I LOVED THE WHOLE SERIES AS A KID!!!Published 27 days ago by Teresa L Dorris
I love the Betsy-Tacy series. This was my first time reading them and I enjoyed them. Definitely kids books though.Published 28 days ago by Mehan
Can't think of any new adjectives to describe these books. They are my lifetime favorites. I've bought them multiple times when they've worn out and now I'm re-buying them for my... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I first read these books years ago. Re-read them as an adult to see if they were as delightful as I remembered. They are!Published 10 months ago by Peg P
Tjere are no words to describe these wonderful books- i loved them as a child and continue tolove them!Published 14 months ago by paula
Beautiful, fun books based on the author's own life. So fun to reread.Published 14 months ago by FuchsiaLady