Review: Betsy-Tacy 6 and 7 by Maud Hart Lovelace

05 Oct

Heavens To Betsy In Spite of Herself

Those that have seen the new two-in-one volumes will note that this is a strange combination to be reviewing together, since these two books are not grouped together.  I’ll just say that it seemed to work better that way for me!

Betsy was a Junior Betsy and JoeBetsy in Spite of Herself and Betsy Was a Junior cover Betsy’s Sophomore and Junior years in High School.

As in Heaven to Betsy, Betsy continues to struggle with her priorities. She wants to be a writer. She wants to be a good student. She wants to be popular. She particularly wants to be popular with boys.

Betsy makes some good decisions and some bad ones, and works her way through it all with her wonderful spirit.

Of course, the rest of “the crowd” that Betsy socializes with are here, but better yet, Betsy and Tacy’s other best friend Tib returns! Betsy goes to visit Tib in Milwaukee in Betsy in Spite of Herself, then Tib moves back to Deep Valley in Betsy Was a Junior.

If you enjoyed Heaven to Betsy, be sure to continue on with these books.

If you are considering reading the Betsy-Tacy books (whether as re-reads or for the first time), consider checking out The Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge.  This is a chance to share your reading experience with others– I’m having fun with other challenges I’m participating in.  I’m signing up myself, even though I feel like I’m cheating because I’m almost done reading them!

The re-release of these books has led to some celebrations in the Betsy-Tacy community.  If you are nearby, you might want to check out

11/7      Highland Village, TX Barnes and Noble
11/8      St. Paul, MN at the Red Balloon Bookshop
4/17/10 Dallas, TX, Dallas Heritage Village

For more reviews and celebration of the Betsy-Tacy books, check out the other tour stops:

tlc-logoI’ve already reviewed the first 4 Betsy Tacy Books (children’s books introducing Betsy, Tacy and Tib) and Heaven to Betsy (where the books change from books for children to books for teens). Check back for reviews of the remaining three books!

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me the Betsy-Tacy books to read and review!  I’m having a wonderful time with them.


Posted by on October 5, 2009 in books, reviews, tour


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4 responses to “Review: Betsy-Tacy 6 and 7 by Maud Hart Lovelace

  1. trish

    October 6, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying these books, Laura! I can’t wait to read them, because from the reviews, the books faintly remind me of Anne of Green Gables, which I loved!

  2. Belle

    October 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I really enjoyed Betsy’s high school years – it was always such fun watching her grow up, and she always had such a good time in school, too.

  3. Sarah M.

    October 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Nah, you’re not cheating. It doesn’t matter how many books you read in the month, just that people who sign up READ Maud Hart Lovelace’s works. I started the challenge and had already read the first 8 books in the series by the time this challenge started, so I’m trying some of her other books too. 🙂

    Glad you joined in the fun!


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