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 to-gether--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?
Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary brings her warm humor to this funny story of a girl readers will recognize--and love.
“Ellen and her troubles are both funny and touching; we meet her trying to hide her long underwear at dancing school, and playing a substitute rat in The Pied Piper.’ All is told with a downright realism, and the school scenes are choice.”
-New York Herald Tribune
“Ellen is a real girl and her adventures are full of zest and interest!”
-The Horn Book
“Through all Ellen’s joys and sorrows runs a thread of humor that makes the reader chuckle even when he is sympathizing with her.”