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Betty’s Happy Year

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Title:Betty’s Happy Year
Wells, Carolyn   
(2 of 31 for author by title)
The Bronze Hand [Fleming Stone #20]
The Beautiful Derelict (Fleming Stone #39)
Birch, Reginald B.   
(1 of 2 for author by title)
The Original Stephen Leacock
Published:   1910
Publisher:The Century Co.
Tags:fiction, girls, young adult

There is so much talk of "let's do this or that" and then the events themselves are glossed over. The kids talk about a party, or travel to New York, or get up a show, and then very little is said about it. At the time this book came out, book series for girls were all the go, but there are much better ones than this. There is so little actual description of places they supposedly went to (such as New York City at Christmas) that one wonders where the author kept herself. Much is said of "going to dinner" but you only ever see the kids actually eating ice cream once or twice. I know that kids like to know what people and places look like, where they lived etc. but the houses are described as "their summer home" or whatever—and that's it.

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Carolyn Wells (June 18, 1862 – March 26, 1942) was an American author and poet.

Her first book, At the Sign of the Sphinx (1896), was a collection of charades. Her next publications were The Jingle Book and The Story of Betty (1899), followed by a book of verse entitled Idle Idyls (1900). After 1900, Wells wrote numerous novels and collections of poetry.

Carolyn Wells wrote a total of more than 170 books. During the first ten years of her career, she concentrated on poetry, humor and children's books. According to her autobiography, The Rest of My Life (1937), it was around 1910 that she heard one of Anna Katherine Green's mystery novels being read aloud and was immediately captivated by the unravelling of the puzzle. From that point onward she devoted herself to the mystery genre. Among the most famous of her mystery novels were the Fleming Stone Detective Stories which—according to Allen J. Hubin's Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1749–2000 (2003)—number 61 titles.--Wikipedia.

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