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High School is HeavenIt's Betsy Ray's freshman year at Deep Valley High School, and she and her best childhood chum, Tacy Kelly, are loving every minute. Betsy and Tacy find themselves in the midst of a new crowd of friends, with studies aplenty (including Latin and--ugh--algebra), parties and picnics galore, Sunday night lunches at home--and boys!

There's Cab Edwards, the
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 1945 by HarperTrophy
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Emilia P
This book is just fine. But there's too much change! Ah!
First of all, Betsy moves! And then, because of that...

My main qualm is that there is way way way too much boy-stuff and not NEARLY enough Tacy. In fact, since Tacy isn't boy crazy she ends up on the periphery of pretty much all the goings on of freshman year. And in turn, I ended up resenting every other girl introduced in this book. In short: screw you, Bonnie and Carney. Give me back my Tacy. ASAP. Also, it was clear all along what a bad
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Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 Carmen Maloy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is the first book in the series of "older" Betsy even though it is actually the 5th book in the series. Heaven to Betsy is one of the most characteristic of this loved series. If you haven't read any of the others, you'd still enjoy it! Betsy and Tacy enter the wider world of the Deep Valley High School, the "Crowd," sings around Julia's piano, fudge, Heinz's . . . full of gentle humor, vivid characterization, and affection. It's Betsy Ray's freshman year at Deep Valley High School, and she ...more
Melody
9/2012 Lovelace is such a good writer. I did not notice the artfulness when I was a child reading these books, I only knew I loved them.

12/2009 Is it monotonous to start all my BT reviews with "I love this book"? Well, too bad, I LOVE this book. It's extremely well-written, but that's not why I love it. I don't think I even noticed it was made of words till I was out of my own teens.

Betsy is a freshman at Deep Valley High School, and in this eventful year she goes through some very traumatic t
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Elaine
I liked this book about Betsy's freshman year in high school. She is a bit boy-crazy, but it is old-fashioned-innocent boy-craziness. The biggest problem for me is the use of a ouiji board. At that time, it was considered an innocent parlor game, but I think much of the time people aren't aware that something popular and seemingly "innocent" actually can be quite dangerous. However, I think this is a good way to introduce this topic to your girl and discuss choices we make. Betsy has a great rel ...more
Jess
BETSY RAY IS A FLIRT AND I LIKE IT.
Lisa Vegan
I’ve been afraid to read/re-read this, and I procrastinated for a long time. I loved the first four books so much. I have a memory of reading this and Betsy in Spite of Herself when I was young (the only two in this series I knew about and read) and I never re-read them or searched out other companion books so I’m thinking I only liked them at best, and at worst thought they were just okay, and didn’t really like or love them. I didn’t remember this as I was reading so I’m treating reading this ...more
Matthew Hunter
Both daughter and Dad were less enchanted with Heaven to Betsy. We both missed the illustration style of Lois Lenski. Vera Neville's work is polished, like something out of the New Yorker. It's difficult to tell one character from another in the drawings. Maybe Lenski's drawings better conveyed the childhood innocence of the pre-teen phase. Now that Betsy, Tacy and the group are in high school, their lives require a more refined illustration style. Whatever the case, Siggy was disappointed, as w ...more
Alison
i got my first Betsy-Tacy-Tib book from my next door neighbor. i was in the fourth grade. she only had sons.

i've read almost all of the books in the series but i really only care about the one's that cover betsy's high school years.

these books are amazing because they were written in the 30s and 40s about a girl in the 1910s, yet the family was pretty progressive. one of their daughter's went through a religious conversion, one of their daughter's went off to europe to sing opera and wear rouge
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Debbie
Maud Hart Lovelace is one of my all-time comfort authors. I discovered the Betsy-Tacy books when I was high school, so I never read the younger books - I just stuck with the older ones, which follow Betsy through high school into her world travels and then marriage.

Betsy Ray and Tacy Kelly met at Betsy's 5th birthday party and have been best friends ever since. They live in the picturesque small town Deep Valley, Minnesota in the early 1900s (high school class 1910). Part of the charm of these b
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Jessica
I love, love, love this series and have since I was little. I bought all the Betsy books when I found out I was pregnant just so my little girl would be able to easily read them too. I know, that may have been a bit early, but I adore these books so much that I just couldn't wait. Plus it gave me the chance to re-read them. I love these books because Lovelace captures the emotions, anxieties, and dreams of a young girl so very well, and the turn of the century setting is a very comforting, charm ...more
Claire Scott
I know there's much more to say than this, but this was my first foray into the older Betsy books -- I read Betsy-Tacy when I was little, but not with the deep affection that many others did -- and my overwhelming impulse was to live-blog it. I don't think I loved it as much as I would have if I'd read it over and over when I was younger, as I did with Gene Stratton Porter's books, but I kept cracking up and wishing I had somebody next to me on the train to read parts out loud to.
Kricket
in which betsy begins high school! i was a little dubious about making the transition to teen fiction with maud hart lovelace, but i needn't have worried. i just loved this installment, and lovelace is spot-on in her descriptions of homesickness, the excitement of new friends, and what it feels like when the boy who used to like you likes another girl. (that cad!) "heaven to betsy" makes me want to put my hair up in a pompadour and sing around the piano.
Monica Edinger
I believe I may have read the first couple as a kid, but definitely not the later ones. Although enthusiasts recommended I read them all, I decided this one seemed like an interesting place to drop in (as I got a new edition with this and the next book bound together).

Enjoyable, but I'm trying to understand the obsession. I'm guessing it is a combination of true charm (I can see that) and nostalgia?
Alison
I'm so glad I finally re-read this book. The first time around, I confess I hated it.

No Tib? No Hill Street!? A boy-crazy Betsy who cared more about her curls than her writing? 10-year-old me said "No, thanks," and I complained (loudly) that Betsy wasn't Betsy anymore. It was years before I read the rest of the series, and as many times as I've read it since, I haven't come back to Heaven to Betsy until now. It's a sweet relief to confirm that the issues I had with the story were more a reflect
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Bybee
Finally! I'd read all the other books in the Betsy-Tacy series, but this one eluded me until now. (Thanks Busan English Library!) I'd forgotten how much fun Betsy and her family were. Pretty sprightly bunch. If you're in a crap mood, these books will take you right out of it.
Amanda
This book was fun because I've read all of the precious Betsy-Tacy books in the series, so coming back to the stories was like meeting old friends. The story is set in 1907; Betsy's first year in High School. It was such a quaint feel to it, especially the old-fashioned parts of the tale which the author took for granted, such as horse-drawn suries, pompadours, and home-made fudge.

I was disappointed with Betsy herself, however. After reading the first books in the series, I expected Betsy to hav
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Kelly
This is the tome I recommend to adults when I am introducing them to BT. I made the mistake of starting my husband with the very first book and he got really bored. Heaven to Betsy is a great introduction to "The Crowd" and just a really enjoyable read!
Joelle Anthony
I love all these books. Just read this one aloud to my husband and he laughed and laughed...maybe because Betsy and I are so alike. I'd forgotten how funny it is until I heard him cracking up.
Barbara
Loved the book. First of the Betsy-Tacy books that I have read and now can not wait to read the others. Thanks Betsy for sending me the book and getting me hooked on the series!
Erin
Re-read 1/08 (well, I've re-read this book TONS of times, but now I'm going to start keeping track here, I think).

Re-read 4/11.

Re-read 7/12.
Re-read 9/13.
Betsy
This was the first Betsy-Tacy book I ever read, and it remains tied for my favorite (with "Emily of Deep Valley"). It's absolute perfection.
Courtney
I picked up some very good flirting tips from this one.
Holly
This is the 5th book in the Betsy series by Maud Hart Lovelace, but the first of the 'older' Betsy books. I have never read the series before, so this is the first time I've ever read Heaven to Betsy.

Heaven to Betsy is about Betsy Ray as a 14-year-old who is starting her freshman year of high school. Betsy gets swept up in the social scene of "The Crowd" and begins neglecting her schoolwork and even her writing.

Even though simply-written, I really loved the first four Betsy books. To be quite ho
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Francesca Russell
I can't even begin to express how much I LOVE this series of books. I discovered them at my school's library when I was in elementary school, and instantly fell in love. I have read them over and over again throughout the years, and they still hold up.

The series starts with the book "Betsy-Tacy" and is about two little girls (5 years old at the time) called Betsy and Tacy. The books take place at the turn of the century in Minnesota and are just wonderful stories of growing up. There are about t
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Heidi
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Deva Fagan
Heaven to Betsy introduces us to Betsy just before she begins her freshman year of high school, and takes us through the ups and downs of that first year. This is one of my two favorites of the entire series (the other being Betsy and the Great World). If I start listing everything I love about this book you’re going to get something like “Miss Mix creates stylish new outfits and Mr Ray makes onion sandwiches and there are picnics and the Crowd and Halloween and Carney and Tony and JOE!” and the ...more
Marie
Feb 18, 2012 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classics, Children's, Fans of Little House on the Prairie
Recommended to Marie by: Heather Vogel Frederick
Okay, so I've been putting off writing this review for a while, but not because I didn't like it. This book was so amazing and there was so much I liked about it that I don't even know how to approach describing it. First thing's first: I really loved this book with all of my soul, and even took a late night to finish it.

This book was mainly a very lengthy description of Betsy's newfound popularity. She has a "Crowd" that she hangs out with every day. Betsy is now a mature young woman, who is in
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Shelley
I remember reading this for school, the assignment being to read any book we liked, find words we were unfamiliar with and look them up. Having read these books before, I had a pretty good idea of what everything meant, so I had to pick really unusual ones. As I read, I remembered picking pompadour, Gibson Girl and spoony. I can't remember if that last one was in the dictionary, but I really doubt it!

This book was thoroughly charming. I enjoy Betsy, Tacy and the Crowd and Mrs. Ray remains my fav
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 EmmaLee Pryor
This is the only book in the series our library has, so I read it first. I would like to read the rest in the series. It is a nice fluffy story (the introduction by Anna Quindlen does point out the feminist leanings of the books, which was kind of neat) but I think it fits the mindset of a normal 14 year old girl with the boy crazyness and the emphasis on looks. But after that it is way shallow. Betsy is so popular with the boys and girls, and her house is the main hangout and her older sister i ...more
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