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Quick Glance



This is the total number of incidents in this 640 pages book.

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Author: Maud Hart Lovelace
Key Words: Fiction, Classic, Coming of Age, Girls, Romance

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Book Description:

It's the best school year ever, especially now that charming, funny Tib Muller is back in Deep Valley. But when her crowd gets into trouble, Betsy's best year could turn out to be her worst.


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Sexual Content

Lust - 1 Incident

“Betsy wished she could be a siren (have every boy crazy in love with her) like her older sister.

Miscellaneous - 11 Incidents

“Breast strokes” referring to swimming.

The older sister has a habit of tiring with a beau and dropping him carelessly for another. Betsy doesn’t like this.

“Excitement would have mounted in all breasts.”

“Breast stroke” referring to swimming.

Mentions a girl who was “rounded and alluring” and held the attraction of the “opposite sex.”

Girls talk of new underwear and lingerie.

The word “breasts” is used - not sexual.

The word “breasts” is used - not sexual.

Not “acting mushy,” a boy holds a girl’s “arm in comradely fashion.”

“Big-busted woman”

The word “breast” is used - not sexual.

Violence - None

Illustrations - 2 Incidents

two girls wearing petticoats and corsets

a girl wearing a petticoat and corset


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 45 Incidents

pooh, heck, dickens, gosh, darn, don't give a hoot, darnedest, honest to gosh, be jabbers, darned, our fearless hell-for-leather hero, did not care a hang, shucks

Religious Profanities - 31 Incidents

Gee, heavens, for Pete's sake, heavens sake, golly, ye Gods, goodness knows, gollee

Conversation Topics - 8 Incidents

This book has many guys and girls going out together, having beaus (sometimes several at once), trying to attract boys, dancing and thinking guys are handsome. (Book takes place in the early 1900s).

Mentions a few characters smoking a pipe or cigarette.

Mentions someone is a bartender, and drinking beer is mentioned.

A boy smokes, drinks, plays poker, gets suspended from school, goes around with an awful girl and hangs around the wrong crowd. (A girl tries to keep him as a friend/beau in the hopes of keeping him from going bad). Throughout entire book.

“It wasn’t bad, Betsy decided, having two boys crazy about you. She wondered why the idea had distressed her so much at first.” (It ends up that she hurts and loses both boyfriends).

Mentions Halloween and the characters go to a dance that night and prank people.

Mentions Santa Claus and the Easter bunny.

After a boy gets hurt by his girlfriend (who is tagging along him and another guy), he leaves her and “plays the field.”

“Frankfurters were made of red tissue paper with fortunes inside.”

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