Betsy Was a Junior and Betsy and Joe

Betsy Was a Junior and Betsy and Joe


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061794728
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: Betsy-Tacy Series
Pages: 603
Sales rank: 98,641
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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.

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 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 re-read more than once over my adult life: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Maud Hart Lovelace.”

Judy Blume

“Some characters become your friends for life. That’s how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.”

Meg Cabot

“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.”

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.”

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Betsy Was a Junior and Betsy and Joe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Elswyth More than 1 year ago
Two fabulous books together in one volume for the first time! In Betsy Was a Junior, Betsy and her friends start a sorority, procrastinate about studying, party, and eventually learn that being a good friend means being inclusive. In Betsy and Joe, it is senior year, and Betsy faces a difficult choice - which of the two boys who mean so much to her is The One? Fans of Betsy-Tacy still debate this very question, so you are sure to have an opinion too.
CatloverSallie More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series of books, based on the author's years of growing up in Mankato MN, since I was a preteen back in the late 1950s. My sister introduced me to them, and I still own her original books. The first four books in the series follow Betsy, Tacy and Tib from age 5-12, and the next 6 books follow them through high school, into the Great World and first years of marriage. If you love the musical Meet Me in St. Louis, you'll love these books set in the same time period. Great stories, wonderful characters with teen-age problems we all can identify with even 100 years later. Maud Hart Lovelace and Jane Austen books are the ones I read and re-read often.
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I have read and reread Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy books. Teenage girls today can completely relate to Betsy's experiences, even 100 years later. These books make you wish for a vanished era...You'll never want to leave Deep Valley!