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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.


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

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.

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Jasmine, July 21, 2011 (view all comments by Jasmine)
I love all of the Betsy-Tacy books completely, but these two are probably my absolute favorites. It's really amazing how these books set 100 years ago could be set today, with just a few clothing changes. Betsy is a fun, fierce, loving heroine, who messes up and realizes it, gets crushes on boys and then a really big crush on the best boy, and has a fun and amazing family. The entire series is really wonderful, because all of the people feel like real people with real joys and sorrows (probably because the entire series is based on real people), and you get to live and grow up along with them.
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Melody Murray, January 18, 2011 (view all comments by Melody Murray)
BETSY WAS A JUNIOR: This particular book makes me want to reach through the years and shake Betsy so hard her teeth chatter. She's lost nearly all the ground she gained in the first two years of high school, she's flitting from interest to interest, she's just not focused- and yet, and yet... I love her so. Also, in this volume we are introduced to that exciting specimen, the Perfectly Awful Girl- to wit:

"'Tony is suspended again,' Alice said.
'What happened?'
'I hate to say it, but I believe he came to school when he'd been drinking. He goes into the saloons sometimes with that fast gang he runs with.'
'He's going around with a perfectly awful girl.'"

But there is ultimately redemption:

"'I believe that's it,' she thought. 'And the bright side of it is that you never slip down to quite the point you started climbing from. You always gain a little...'"

Words to live by, indeed.

BETSY AND JOE: Finally, it seems that Betsy and Joe will be together. This can't possibly be a spoiler, can it, given the title of the book? But the course of true love never did... you know.

Tony (who I adore) comes into his own as a character in this book. We get a glimpse of the boy hiding behind the lazily efficient coffee-maker, the sleepily joking clown. And I wish I didn't know about the real-life Tony, because my fictional Tony goes on to have a long and gloriously satisfying life.

Betsy's maturation continues, and she honors her family, her writing, and her friends- but she's still not able to say the things which need to be said where love and romance are concerned. Miss Bangeter teaches her famous Shakespeare class to the DV seniors- and oh, how I wish I could have audited it. I'm guessing that 90% of what I knew of Shakespeare in my teens came from Lovelace (and also Norma Johnston's Tish books).

A lovely end to the high school portion of the series.
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Lovelace, Maud Hart
William Morrow & Company
Williams, Kathryn
School & Education
Situations / Adolescence
Children s-General
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