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Betsy-Tacy: The most beloved book series you never heard of

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“[As] far as I can tell, a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.” – Stephen Colbert to author John Green on The Colbert Report, June 23, 2014 Ask Meg Cabot, Judy Blume or Anna Quindlen which authors inspired them and one of the answers might surprise you:  Maud Hart Lovelace. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace may just be the best book series you have never heard of. This series of 13 books spans children’s and young adult literature as the author relates her own, somewhat idyllic, life in the early 20th century, set in fictional Deep Valley, Minnesota. The books chronicle the instant lifelong friendship of three friends, Betsy, Tacy and Tib, from the moment Betsy…

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Heather Gudenkauf reveals the secret hideout where she met Ferdinand the Bull

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by Heather Gudenkauf On the last day of school, when most of my classmates were racing out the school doors cheering about upcoming summer days filled with trips to the pool and to the park for games of kickball, baseball, and boys-chase-the-girls, I was silently celebrating the many hours I had in front of me expressly reserved for reading.  Being the youngest of six didn’t allow for much alone time in our home, especially in the summer when everyone was running in and out of the house,so I had to be creative in finding a place to call my own. Growing up we had a toy box that my father’s students made for our family. It was painted robin egg blue…

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