Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart: Two Deep Valley Books

Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart: Two Deep Valley Books

by Maud Hart Lovelace


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The Timeless Classics

With a Foreword by Melissa Wiley

This beautiful edition brings together two of Maud Hart Lovelace’s beloved Deep Valley books: Carney's House Party and Winona's Pony Cart—standalone stories about two of the favorite characters from the Betsy-Tacy series, and features a foreword by author Melissa Wiley and a biography of illustrator Vera Neville.

"Carney is one of my favorite characters in Betsy's high school Crowd, and if ever a character deserved her own book, it is Caroline Sibley, that warmhearted, capable, mirthful intellighen girl whose home is the setting of so many lively Deep Valley adventures."—Melissa Wiley

"Winona adds a dash of spice to every scene she inhabits."—Melissa Wiley

"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."—Anna Quindlen

"I reread these books every year."—Laura Lippman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062003294
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 236,050
Product dimensions: 7.34(w) x 11.14(h) x 1.08(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

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.”

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.”

Judy Blume

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

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 the series by Maud Hart Lovelace... - three girls full of good ideas, adventures and fun.”

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.”

Melissa Wiley

“Carney is one of my favorite characters in Betsy’s high school Crowd, and if ever a character deserved her own book, it is Caroline Sibley, that warmhearted, capable, mirthful, intelligent girl whose home is the setting of so many lively Deep Valley adventures.”

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.”

Mary Kay Andews

“I now realize that one of the reasons I believed I could someday become a writer was because of Betsy’s own infallible confidence that she would be a writer.

Lorna Landvik

“Maud Hart Lovelace and her “Betsy-Tacy” series influenced me very much when I was a girl; I identified with Betsy, who wanted to be a writer, as well as the friends’ girl-power.”

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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Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart: Two Deep Valley Books 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Carney's House Party. In 1911, Caroline "Carney" Sibley has come home to Deep Valley, Minnesota from college for the summer. She plans to throw a month long party and especially looks forward to seeing her friends from the old Crowd. In town with Carney is her classmate at Vassar Isobel Porteous. Her high school sweetheart Larry Humphreys has come home too, but she finds irritating infuriating Sam Hutchinson quite attractive. Winona's Pony Cart: In Deep Valley, Minnesota, Winona Root prays that her family gives her a pony for her eighth birthday. She has told her father what she wants, but he insists no way. Ignoring her dad's proclamation, Winona believes her wish will come true, which is what she tells her friends Betsy, Tacy, and Tib. Two of the three Deep Valley stand alone stories (see Emily of Deep Valley); are filled with humor and pathos. Carney's House Party is a full novel while Winona's Pony Cart is a novelette, but each contains fully developed characters, a trademark of Maud Hart Lovelace. As the author did with her Betsy-Tacy saga, these reprints of Deep Valley books bring to life the seemingly innocence of early twentieth century Minnesota. Harriet Klausner
Florinda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy books were among my favorites as a child and young teen, and I was thrilled when the four high-school Betsy-Tacy novels and two "adult Betsy" stories were re-issued in 2009 as two-in-one volumes. However, Lovelace also wrote a couple of "spinoff" novels featuring characters introduced in those books, and those have always been harder to find. Harper Perennial has now reissued those as well, in editions that match last year's reprints and including new forewords and supplemental material.I don't think I read Winona's Pony Cart as a child, although I knew Winona Root from the Betsy-Tacy stories beginning with Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. This story, featuring an eight-year-old Winona Root and appearances by Betsy, Tacy, and Tib, provides a little more background about a character that's both friend and rival to Lovelace's primary heroines. It's an enjoyable children's book - engagingly written, not overly cute, fun to read - but it is definitely a children's book, and therefore a bit too light a read for my personal taste. If I had a young daughter, I think I'd enjoy reading it to and/or with her, but for myself...well, if it weren't a companion to Carney's House Party, I'd probably have passed it up.Carney's House Party falls chronologically in between Lovelace's Betsy and Joe and Betsy and the Great World and centers on Betsy's high-school friend Caroline "Carney" Sibley, returned to Deep Valley, Minnesota for the summer between her sophomore and junior years at Vassar College. Going back East for college is unusual for the kids in Betsy's Crowd, and it's broadening and reshaping Carney's view of the world. It's also made her wonder how her East Coast roommate Isobel, who has accompanied her back to Deep Valley, will perceive her family, her hometown, and her native Middle West.It's quite a summer for visitors to Deep Valley, and they're converging on the Sibleys' house. The house party also includes Carney's dear friend Bonnie Andrews, recently returned from Europe, and Betsy Ray herself, headed back to Minneapolis after months spent at her grandmother's home in San Diego recovering from appendicitis. Also coming from California: Larry Humphreys, Carney's high-school boyfriend, who moved out there with his family four years earlier. Larry and Carney have faithfully exchanged letters since he left, but haven't seen each other, and it seems that neither can move ahead with certain aspects of their futures until they do.It's a fun summer, full of games and parties, and friendship, but it's also a time of sorting out unfinished business and re-evaluating both old and new relationships.I've only read Carney's House Party once before, and it was a long time ago. I didn't remember as much about it as I had of the Betsy-Tacy books, but I always liked Carney as a character and I enjoyed seeing her again. While her educational aims were higher than Betsy's, she was never as concerned with a career; Betsy always wanted to be a writer, but Carney and Bonnie had been preparing their hope chests since high school and were more interested in when - and with whom - they'd start families of their own. Carney had wondered for years if her future would be with Larry, and it's important - to both of them - to find out.Like Lovelace's other novels featuring these characters as teenagers and adults, Carney's House Party contains details that place it at a specific point in time, and yet the story it tells isn't dated. The characters are well-developed and ring true - as they should, since they're nearly all based on real people in the author's life - and as such, they're timeless. This novel isn't essential to the Betsy Ray story, but it's an enjoyable read, both as a supplement to that story and in its own right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He was honestly a very good guy. He made me laugh and he was so nice to his little sister. He was everything a guy should be
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Wana goto a diff book cuz theres still ppl here
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Okay. :) Can't wait to see you. Bye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carney was an important person in the Betsy-Tacy books and it is wonderful to have a book all about her. I adore this special book.
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bookloverDM More than 1 year ago
While these books are a part of the Betsy/Deep Valley world, they stand on their own as wonderful stories. I particularly love CARNEY'S HOUSE PARTY. It is such an honest look at young woman's college experience/growth (while taking part mostly on a visit home in the summer between sophomore and junior years) as well as a thrilling romance! Also, Lovelace is such a talented writer, there are tons of witty bits that will keep you chuckling.
CatloverSallie More than 1 year ago
As with Emily of Deep Valley, I've been anxiously awaiting the reissue of this book in the Deep Valley series written by Maud Hart Lovelace. I's so much fun to read about Carney (a character also in the BetsyTacy high school books) and her time at Vassar and the fun summer of the House Party - mice running amok and all. Winona's Pony Cart is another book written about the young days of Betsy, Tacy, Tib and of course, Winona, but from Winona's point of view. A fun read for all BT fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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