The Betsy-Tacy Companion: A Biography of Maud Hart Lovelace

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Lovelace is the author of ten books that trace the life and adventures of Betsy, Tacy, and friends from childhood to young adulthood. The premise of Whalen's work is that tracing the link between fictional people, places, and events in the Betsy-Tacy books and actual people, places, and events in Lovelace's own life will enhance the "magic" of the books. Ten chapters in Whalen's book are devoted to each of the ten main Betsy-Tacy books, with additional chapters on Carney and Emily, two works that bridge the main books. In addition, the historical link is further emphasized by 404 photos of the characters and details from which the fiction grew. The book will be quite welcome to the numerous Betsy-Tacy fans who are intimately familiar with every detail in this well-loved children's series. But the plethora of seemingly trivial details will daunt all those who are not as immersed in these novels as only ardent fans can be.?Marie Lally, Alabama Sch. of Mathematics & Science, Mobile
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The Betsy-Tacy books, written by Maud Hart Lovelace, are long-standing favorites, but in recent years, the formation of a Betsy-Tacy Society has brought renewed interest to the series. Now comes a long-awaited book by one of the society's members, and Betsy-Tacy lovers won't be disappointed. As most fans of the series know, the books are autobiographical, and Whalen has done a herculean job of comparing the characters and events in the book with their real-life counterparts. The result is a book that is more than 500 pages with more than 400 photographs, filled with anecdotes, remembrances, and parallels between the books and life. Basing her material on countless interviews and other research, Whalen offers a compendium that is almost beyond belief in its comprehensiveness yet highly readable as well. A treat for the series' fans, among whom librarians are a very special segment. Ilene Cooper

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