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Publisher's Summary

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?
©1951 Beverly Cleary (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Mrs. Cleary writes from a sure knowledge of the third grader's world. It all rings true." (The New York Times)

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A cute book

I liked this story, but the narration was distracting.

The voice was completely unsuitable --did not have a childlike quality. Sounded harsh, overly emphatic, and lacked freshness.

Too bad, a nice little story.

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Puzzling!

My girls and I love this book, and we've read it many times out loud. It's one of my favorites from childhood and I never get tired of it. I was excited to see this offered in audiobook format. However, I was absolutely puzzled by the style of voice the narrator chose to give for many of the characters, especially Austine! The basic narration was fine, as was Ellen's voice - thankfully, or we might not have wanted to listen to the whole thing. But Austine's voice was performed in such a way that it made her sound like a male teenage bully! Very gruff, masculine-sounding, too loud, and too old. Didn't sound at all like a 3rd grade girl's voice. Ellen's voice sounded appropriate, so I'm shocked that the narrator would choose to portray Austine this way. It really detracted from the whole listening experience and was really puzzling. I did appreciate the nice, slow pace of the reading.

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Love it

Otis is so funny! And Ellen is silly to! I love it! They are silly!