A Girl Can Dream

A Girl Can Dream

by Betty Cavanna

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A Girl Can Dream by Betty Cavanna


‘Tomboy’ Loretta Larkin excels in sports, but privately envies her popular blonde high school classmate, Elsie Wynn. When the new local airport announces an essay contest with flying lessons as the tempting prize, Rette decides to enter—and wins! She finds that learning to solo can be a way to not-soloing the prom.

Betty Cavanna writes of teenagers with sure understanding of their inner lives and the high school scene. A Girl Can Dream was a Junior Literary Guild Selection. Before writing it Miss Cavanna herself took flying lessons and learned about ‘stalls’ and ‘spins’ from a flying instructor not unlike Pat Creatore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787209602
Publisher: Muriwai Books
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 359,290
File size: 684 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Cavanna Harrison (1909-2001) was a noted American author who wrote more than 80 romances, mysteries and children’s books in a career that spanned 45 years. Most of her books were written under her maiden name, Betty Cavanna, and she also used the pen names Elizabeth Headley and Betsy Allen.

Cavanna’s stories about the difficulties of adolescence appealed to generations of teenage girls. In early works like Going on 16 (1945) and A Girl Can Dream (1947), characters confronted loneliness, sibling rivalries and tense mother-daughter relationships. She also wrote a non-fiction series called “Around the World,” based on young people she met in the Caribbean, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. She often traveled with her husband, George Russell Harrison, a dean of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whom she married in 1957.

In the 1970’s, Cavanna turned to mystery writing; two of her books, Spice Island Mystery (1970) and The Ghost of Ballyhooly (1972), were runners-up for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Her last book, Banner Year, was published in 1987.

She passed away at her home in Vézelay, France, on August 13, 2001, at the age of 92.

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