Title: Ellen Tebbits
Author: Beverley Cleary
Genre: YA Fiction
Alerts/Warnings: None (Unless you have issues with girls talking about long underwear in a completely innocent way. But it does mention underwear.)
Premise: Ellen Tebbits has an embarrassing secret that she'll never share with anyone. That is, until she meets Austine—and discovers that Austine has the exact same secret! Soon the girls are best friends who do everything together—attending dance class, riding horses, and dodging pesky Otis Spofford, the neighborhood troublemaker.
But then Ellen does something terrible . . . and now Austine isn't speaking to her. Ellen desperately wants her best friend back. How can she show Austine how sorry she is?
Opinions: I really like this book about friendship and trying to fit in. Ellen is a completely likable and believable character. I honestly could relate to her as a girl. That is what I think Beverley Cleary excells at. She can write believable characters in realistic situations, but with enough zing to be entertaining. This is why I believe she is such a beloved author.
Anyways, Ellen Tebbits (the book) follows Ellen through a year where she makes a new friend and then learns about forgiveness and acceptance.