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Heaven to Betsy (Betsy-Tacy #5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,937 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Published in Canada by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Limited, Toronto.
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published January 1st 1951 by Thomas Y. Crowell Company (first published 1945)
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Emilia P
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books
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
Beth Bonini
The Betsy-Tacy series was one of my 'comfort read' mainstays when I was growing up, but it has been many years since I had last read the older high school books. Over the next six weeks, I plan on rereading the last six books of the series: starting with this chronicle of Betsy's freshman year in high school and concluding with Betsy's Wedding.

Let me just say this: I've read literally hundreds of YA books (both contemporary and classic) in the last decade. A small percentage of them feature hap
Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I remember well how appalled I was on first reading this seventeen years ago (at age 30). Betsy had turned boy-crazy and the new illustrator made all the characters look like vacuous dolls. I recovered from these twin blows enough to persevere with the series, and even managed to enjoy it, especially the later books, which were the only ones I reread.

Still, it's been a surprise, a very nice one, to reread the books now, after letting them lie fallow for a good long time, and to find I appreciate
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I was going to give this three stars, until I remembered that I gave Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown four stars. Then I remembered that we were introduced to Joe Willard in this book, so I said "screw it" and lobbed on another star.

It gets a bit exhausting to read pages and pages of how Maud Hart Lovelace based every single thing that happened in the Betsy books on aspects of her own life, which is something I am treated to every single time I finish one of these books. She is definitely bragging
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
7/2-2015 stet

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 ver
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I can't find anything to read, I often pick up this series and read it again. I always feel the same delight I felt when I read these books as a girl. They were published in the 1940's, the setting is the 1900's, and they are quite dated now.

My favorites are the first three books, the childhood books. This is the first of the High School books, which are longer and at a higher reading level. When I first read these books, I seriously thought High School was like this, and was sad when I got
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I had actually read this one before and I learned this one was kept outta libraries because Betsy and Julia converting from Baptist to Episcopalian was considered CONTROVERSIAL.
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovelace did a tremendous job in transitioning the books from Betsy's childhood years to her high school ones. Also, as I amor Tony, I have to recommend the book since it is when he is introduced.
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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.
Re-read 10/16.
Updated ReRead June 2017:
Okay so first off with the good!
This time I didn't really find Betsy annoying. I Reread it because I wanted a character that was not doing amazingly well at everything, because that's me right now. I didn't feel like I am doing everything I could be very well. I am trying but.... ahh I don't know how to explain. I knew I would relate to Betsy some, and Tacy greatly! I know they are younger then me but I felt a kinship.
Okay so the bad:
I still don't like Betsy using a ou
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
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
I liked Betsy better when she was younger and having different kinds of adventures. Plus Tib has moved and Tacy isn't around much. Years ago when I stopped reading these books to my little girls I thought it was because Betsy was in high school and my girls were so young, but maybe I was just bored with Betsy. I'm curious to see what I will think of the 6th book.
Aug 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This one makes me a bit melancholy, for it's a rather bittersweet read for me. Tib has moved to Milwaukee and Betsy and her family have moved into a new home away from Tacy and her family. Betsy and Tacy are now freshmen in highschool and experiencing so many changes and heartaches in this book. Sigh.... I prefer the first four books when Betsy, Tacy and Tib are girls together and Betsy and Tacy live across the street from each other. Still and all, it's an EXCELLENT book-- of course it is :-)

Logan Hughes
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girly-ya, shirtwaists
This fifth book in the Betsy-Tacy series is the first of Betsy's high school years, which are AMAZING. As charmed as I am by the books about her childhood, her high school years are my #1 favorite comfort reading. Each high school year gets its own book, and they each weave fun slice-of-life incidents skillfully into a separate lesson for each year. Although Betsy, like her author Maud, attended high school a hundred years ago, from 1906-1910, her experiences ring just as true (or truer!) for me ...more
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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.
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?
Susan Bybee
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
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!
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Please tell me that Tib comes back.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joelle Anthony
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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