Betsy and Joe: A Betsy-Tacy High School Story

Betsy and Joe: A Betsy-Tacy High School Story

By: Maud Hart Lovelace Complete Authored Works
Published by: Thomas Y. Crowell Company
Publication Date: 1948
Series: The Betsy-Tacy Books
Series Number: 8

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Senior year—the last year in high school for Betsy Ray, and Tacy and Tib and all the Crowd. Betsy was elated over her new senior dignity, but she was sad, too, to think of the short time that remained for the Crowd to be together.

Along with the excitement of the football season, there was the election of class officers, and a play—almost a Broadway play; and there were Tony and Joe. Tony Markham had been a friend of Betsy's for a long time; Joe Willard and Betsy had been friendly enemies throughout their four years at Deep Valley High School. Now the two boys became rivals for her attention, and she found that her life was strangely troubled.

All of this occurred in the early 1900's, when girls wore opera capes and carried their party slippers to the dance in a little bag. But teenagers have always had picnics and romances, and troubles and happiness. The Ray house seemed to have rubber walls when the boys and girls crowded in on a Sunday night for music, fudge, cookies, and sandwiches that only Mr. Ray could make.

The Crowd worried lest Tacy, who had never liked boys, should be an old maid; Tib infatuated Ralph Maddox, a much-vaunted football player who was a newcomer to the high school; Julia Ray was studying voice in Berlin and deluging her family letters; Betsy and Joe, as usual, competed in the annual Essay Contest.

This is a timeless, heartwarming story of a happy group of young people growing up, meeting their problems with increasing maturity as they arise. It is a perfect sequel to Betsy Was a Junior. 

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