Ellen Tebbits

Ellen Tebbits

Book - 1951
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Sometimes saying sorry is harder than it seems ... Ellen Tebbits is convinced she'll die of embarrassment if any of the girls at school discover her secret. But then she meets Austine Allen, a new girl in class who's hiding the very same secret. Instantly, the two become best friends. They do everything together, from clapping erasers to riding horses. Ellen quickly learns that embarrassing secrets and pesky troublemakers like Otis Spofford aren't so bad when you have someone special to stick up for you. But then Ellen does something terrible that makes Austine stop speaking to her. Will she ever be able to prove how sorry she is? Performed by Andrea Martin
Publisher: New York : Morrow, 1951
ISBN: 9780688312640
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. --


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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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