Tributes to Betsy-Tacy

In the Wall Street Journal, Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries) writes about her love for the Betsy-Tacy books, which she didn’t discover until she was in her thirties. Cabot says the books are timeless,

Despite her lack of a car, PowerBook, or cell phone, Betsy deals with the exact same insecurities and problems as any modern teen…just circa 1910, instead of 2010. Her mind races with thoughts such as “Everyone got invited to the party but me,” “He hates me,” “Everybody’s talking about me behind my back,” “Oh, why did I do that?” or “He wants to go too far, and I’m just not ready!”

HarperCollins has reissued the last six  books in the series in three volumes, with new covers and introductions (including one by Cabot herself. The others are by Laura Lippman and Anna Quindlin).

Heaven to Betsy/Betsy in Spite of Herself
Maud Hart Lovelace
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 704 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061794694 / 9780061794698

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Betsy Was a Junior/Betsy and Joe
Maud Hart Lovelace
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061794724 / 9780061794728

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Betsy and the Great World/Betsy’s Wedding
Maud Hart Lovelace
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 688 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061795135 / 9780061795138

2 Responses to “Tributes to Betsy-Tacy”

  1. Lil Says:

    Thanks, Nora! I have always thought booksellers and librarians needed a little help to appreciate/sell/promote these books I loved so much as a child and still as an adult.

  2. Julie Chuba Says:

    I grew up reading (and rereading) these books and continue to do so to this day. They are wonderfully written stories of friendship, growing up, finding and developing one’s talent (Betsy wants to be a writer), and are still relevant today, despite being set in the early 1900s. I wish more people knew about them, but without a TV series or a movie or a doll, it seems these books are one of the best kept secrets around. Or were, until the power of Meg Cabot came to their rescue! I love the new reissues! I just bought a set for myself and a local school library.