Ellen Tebbits

Ellen Tebbits

Book - 1951
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Ellen Tebbits has an embarrassing secret that she'll never share with anyone. That is, until she meets Austine--and discovers that Austine has the exact same secret! Soon the girls are best friends who do everything to­gether--attending dance class, riding horses, and dodging pesky Otis Spofford, the neighborhood troublemaker.

But then Ellen does something terrible . . . and now Austine isn't speaking to her. Ellen desperately wants her best friend back. How can she show Austine how sorry she is?

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary brings her warm humor to this funny story of a girl readers will recognize--and love.

Publisher: New York : Morrow ; Avon Books, c1951.
ISBN: 9780688212643
Branch Call Number: J CLE
Additional Contributors: Darling, Louis 1916-1970


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Sep 18, 2018

Beverly Cleary has done it again, creating a relatable child and realistically portraying problems that young people go through. As an adult, I can laugh at the thought of wearing woolen underwear, but I can also believe that it's something a child would be adamant that her friends not find out about. Through that hilarious secret, Ellen meets another girl, Austine, who has the same issue, and that little thing blooms into a close, warm friendship.

The ups and downs of that relationship is explored in Cleary's classic children's point of view, from anger and shock to embarrassment and relief. The thoughts of Ellen after a fight with Austine are familiar to any who had fights with their best friends in school.

This book is so charming, and I believe that it can be enjoyed by anybody, young or old, who wants to settle down and revel in the problems of youth, or those who want to see what friendship can withstand.

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