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Understood Betsy

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  • Item #: 257857
    ISBN: 9781591668640
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    When Elizabeth Ann is orphaned as an infant, Aunt Frances swoops in to save her from all harm - and most especially from the dreaded Putneys, their rough New England cousins. For the first nine years of her life, Aunt Frances coddles, shelters, and coos over Elizabeth Ann until she is one pale, thin, nervous little girl. Unfortunate circumstances force Elizabeth Ann to be sent away, and with no other choice, where can she go except to the one place Frances has wanted so desperately to keep her away from? Once she recovers from the initial shock of her new country lifestyle, Elizabeth Ann (or Betsy as she is called by her no-nonsense northeastern relatives,) comes to enjoy her exciting new life. Then one day, an unexpected letter comes from Aunt Frances stating that she will be coming to take Elizabeth home. Now Betsy must make a difficult decision: return with Aunt Frances to avoid hurting the only mother she's ever known, or remain with her dear Putneys on their beloved farm? (This is an abridged version of Understood Betsy with 140 pages. See index for original.) ~ Rachel P.

  • Item #: 031590
    ISBN: 9780874519204
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.06

    Elizabeth Ann lives a sheltered life under the care of her over-protective Aunt Frances. She is well cared for, but she has become fearful of everything, self-absorbed, and a hypochondriac (all by the age of 9!). Her sweet aunt, of course, meant her no harm. She was the first to offer to take care of her when her parents passed away, if only to save the dear child from living with the dreadful Putney cousins in Vermont. Since Elizabeth and her aunt were so close (in fact she felt as if she was the only one who understood her), it was only a matter of time before her opinion of the Putney's rubbed off on Elizabeth. Elizabeth's life is turned upside down when her aunt is no longer able to care for her. Next thing she knows, she is on a train to the dreaded Putney farm! Here begins "Betsy's" adventures in New England, where life with her country cousins isn't nearly as bad as she imagined. In fact, her new-found independence and strength are invigorating. When Aunt Frances writes to tell her she is coming to take her back, Betsy is faced with a difficult choice. 178 pgs, pb.