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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061794724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061794728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I fell in love with the entire series of Betsy-Tacy books back in elementary school. For some reason they became very hard-to-find until sometime in the 80s or 90s, when they were first reprinted. in paperback.

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.
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So happy that these books are still available for future generations. When I was in middle school I read each of the "high school" Betsy books-Heaven to Betsy when she was a frosh, Betsy in Spite of Herself-a sophomore, Betsy was a Junior and her senior year was described in Betsy and Joe. Very exciting to see her traveling through high school, with the highs and lows and then to be able to read her after graduation adventures and marriage--knowing it was based on her own life. She was such a success in life and it was a joy to read her vivid descriptions of the details of life in the early 1900's. (Even Bette Midler was a fan and wrote the intro to the new editions.)
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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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I have been reading aloud the betsy tacy books for months to my 11 yr old. She loves them, and never picks a different book. We are still reading this, but almost through, and we are guessing on outcomes, and she is worrying we are getting too close to being done with the series! They are written along time ago, but that doesn't make them less fascinating, maybe more, wishing times could still be that free.
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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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