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Betsy Was A Junior/Betsy And Joe [Paperback]

Maud H Lovelace
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Sept. 21 2009 Betsy-Tacy Books

This brand-new edition of Maud Hart Lovelace’s beloved works brings together the third and fourth books of Betsy and Tacy’s high school years, Betsy Was a Junior and Betsy and Joe, along with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot.

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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 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)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant book April 10 2004
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I liked (and still like) this book. Actually, I love it! This book is definitely one of the better from the series. I was glad that Betsy and Joe went together, and the "fight" between them made the book even more interesting. But although I loved this book, it has it's faults.
Joe's feeling for Betsy could have been more gradual. And I like the idea of Tony being sweet on Betsy, however his departing was so abrupt, and it didn't matter to much to Betsy after a while. The last thing that made me cringe, was the idea of Tacy having her marriage planned, already! That was sickening.
However, these books are based on Maud's life, and that means they will not be an absolute fairy tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Betsy and Joe. . .well, of course! May 16 2003
Did you know I'd never read this book as a child? Yes, this was the only Betsy book my library didn't carry. So, since I seem to be rediscovering books from my childhood, I requested this one and dug right into it.
I'd been waiting ever since the introduction of Joe for Betsy and Joe to finally hook up. And they do! (Of course, we knew Maud Hart Lovelace wouldn't keep us hanging like that.) The Deep Valley world is perfect but still very real; all the characters come alive and you love them like your own family and friends.
I'm on a quest for the Betsy-Tacy High School books, but really, who designed these paperback covers?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I was there!! Oct. 3 2001
These stories make me wish I had lived in those periods. Although I have a strong feeling my life would be different. I love the Betsy series and I can't wait to share them with my own children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Betsy and Joe" July 13 2000
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Format:School & Library Binding
This book is fluffy light reading but has good morals to it
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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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