Heaven to Betsy and Betsy in Spite of Herself
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Heaven to Betsy and Betsy in Spite of Herself

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by Maud Hart Lovelace, Vera Neville
     
 

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Heaven to Betsy: Betsy Ray is loving every minute of freshman year at Deep Valley High—with new and old friends all around her . . . not to mention boys! But most intriguing of all is the one she and her best friend, Tacy, dub "the Tall Dark Stranger."

Betsy in Spite of Herself: Betsy is at the center of every activity as a Deep Valley

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Heaven to Betsy: Betsy Ray is loving every minute of freshman year at Deep Valley High—with new and old friends all around her . . . not to mention boys! But most intriguing of all is the one she and her best friend, Tacy, dub "the Tall Dark Stranger."

Betsy in Spite of Herself: Betsy is at the center of every activity as a Deep Valley High sophomore—and suddenly, thanks to her old friend Tib, she's offered a golden opportunity for glorious transformation. But will she impress the special boy by becoming dramatic, mysterious Betsye—or would she be better off just being Betsy in spite of herself?

Editorial Reviews

Meg Cabot
“Slipping into a Betsy book 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.”
Anna Quindlen
“There are three authors whose body of work I have reread more than once over my adult life: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Maud Hart Lovelace. We fell in love....and wanted to know from year to year what was happening to them. Betsy-Tacy fans never die. They just re-read.”
Laura Lippman
“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.”
Bette Midler
“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!”
Judy Blume
“Some characters become your friends for life. That’s how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.”
Nora Ephron
“The Betsy-Tacy books were among my favorites when I was growing up.”
Ann M. Martin
“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.”
Esther Hautzig
“Family loyalty and the devotion of friends to one another, which for me are the defining characteristics of the Betsy-Tacy stories.”
Claudia Mills
“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.”
Jill Kalz
“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.”
Johanna Hurwitz
“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061794698
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Series:
Betsy-Tacy Series
Pages:
661
Sales rank:
117,256
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

Jill Kalz
“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.”
Nora Ephron
“The Betsy-Tacy books were among my favorites when I was growing up.”
Ann M. Martin
“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.”
Johanna Hurwitz
“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.”
Bette Midler
“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!”
Anna Quindlen
“There are three authors whose body of work I have reread more than once over my adult life: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Maud Hart Lovelace. We fell in love....and wanted to know from year to year what was happening to them. Betsy-Tacy fans never die. They just re-read.”
Judy Blume
“Some characters become your friends for life. That’s how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.”
Meg Cabot
“Slipping into a Betsy book 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.”
Laura Lippman
“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.”
Claudia Mills
“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.”
Esther Hautzig
“Family loyalty and the devotion of friends to one another, which for me are the defining characteristics of the Betsy-Tacy stories.”

Meet the Author

Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980) based her Betsy-Tacy series on her own childhood. Her series still boasts legions of fans, many of whom are members of the Betsy-Tacy Society, a national organization based in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Heaven to Betsy and Betsy in Spite of Herself 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
BookClubGirlJH More than 1 year ago
The Betsy Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace is my favorite series. I read them as a child and reread them to this day. The four younger books follow Betsy from the age of 5 to 12, growing up in Mankato MN. They are highly autobiographical and you can visit her house, and Tacy's house and many of the places today. The high school and beyond books begin with this one and follow Betsy through each year of high school, with its assorted heartbreaks and hijinx. Then she's on to a year of travel in Europe just prior to the outbreak of WWI when she returns home to marry her high school sweetheart. I can't recommend them highly enough. Laura Lippman, Meg Cabot, Anna Quindlen, Judy Blume, Nora Ephron and Nancy Pearl are also fans -- that's some pretty great company to be in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book(s) was the the first one I read. My friends suggested I read it.I absolutely loved it! I totally suggest it. Especially for pre teens and teens. I am 12 and I loved it! Hope you get a chance to read it! :)
Mesagal More than 1 year ago
These books delghted me as a child and they haven't lost their appeal. Even tho they take place in the early 1900's they still have a very definite message for today.
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To get a free iphone 5 kiss your hand three times and post this pn three different books
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I love it soooo much!!!
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I have read the whole series many times and I never get tired of them. These books are a must read!
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Grammahbear More than 1 year ago
Betsy Ray is a dear friend of mine. I first met her about 30 years ago and have read of her adventures in Deep Valley, Minnesota several times. I am looking to having her stories on my nook so I take her with me on my travels.
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bookloverDM More than 1 year ago
Betsy is one of the most authentic heroines you will encounter; suffer/enjoy high school with her in these reissues of one of the best series of all time.
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Very enjoyable
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