Beany Malone Series

Happy Birthday, Dear Beany

Book cover: 'Happy Birthday, Dear Beany'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Series: 
Beany Malone
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Beany is delighted when she hears that her dear childhood friend Miggs Carmody has moved back to Denver, but when they meet up again there is a strange wall between them. Is it because Miggs' family has become very wealthy? There is a scene in which a boyfriend shakes Beany and hurts her. It might be important to talk to your daughter about this scene and how wrong the boyfriend is no matter what Beany's faults in the situation were.

Come Back Wherever You Are

Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Series: 
Beany Malone
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Beany, now married with two children, struggles to help Kay's young son who is having emotional difficulties.

Beany Has a Secret Life

Book cover: 'Beany Has a Secret Life'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Copyright: 
1955
Publisher: 
Image Cascade
Series: 
Beany Malone
Binding: 
Softcover
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Beany's been having a pretty rough time of things lately. Norbett, away in college in Ohio, has sent her a letter breaking off their relationship. The Malone's widowed father decides to marry again - a pretty artist named Adair. Unfortunately Adair and Beany get off to a really rough start. Meanwhile, some troubled teens at school invite her to join a secret club - for those who want to shut out family as much as possible. This suits the miserable and stubborn Beany just fine. Misunderstandings abound and Beany starts to feel like her world is falling apart and her situation is hopeless before some light is finally brought to the situation from some surprising places. This is a really nice story. In addition to some thoughtful lessons about family life and misunderstandings, the author is clearly presenting a warning against other sorts of secret clubs that teens of that day might have gotten involved in (especially Communist).

Review Date: 
6-5-02
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Tarry Awhile

Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Series: 
Beany Malone
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Beany has a long engagement and is jealous of friends who marry quickly and hassle her about it.

Leave it to Beany

Book cover: 'Leave it to Beany'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Copyright: 
1950
Publisher: 
Image Cascade
Series: 
Beany Malone
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
265 pages
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Fifteen year old Beany is a practical and competent high school sophomore. She knows just how to make the grocery budget stretch just right. She looks out for ways of making people feel more comfortable. From the moment she heard about her long lost cousin, 18 year old Sheila McBride, she pictured a desolate and helpless soul needing a mother hen to make her feel welcome and give her an easier time of things after the difficult life she's led. But from the moment Sheila arrives, everything seems to go wrong. Sheila isn't very talkative and is fond of her gaudy clothes. Beany worries that she just won't fit in if she doesn't dress differently. After not hitting it off very well with the Malones, Sheila decides to strike out on her own. Meanwhile, the well-meaning Beany has become assistant to a newspaper advice-columnist and gets personally involved in one of the letter-writers - who leaves Beany with a baby to take care of! Johnny works desperately to get Emerson Worth's historical manuscript finished so that his accomplishments will be recognized before he dies. The much-coveted Golden Spur award is won - but only after the elderly gentleman's death. Beany is still dating the insecure and tempermental Norbett Rhodes. Frustration mounts because Beany and Norbett have a major misunderstanding. This engaging story highlights some of the wisdom teenagers have not yet acquired through the eyes of the "wise ones" in the story - Martie Malone (their father), Eve Baxter (the advice columnist) and Emerson Worth.

Review Date: 
4-3-02
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Welcome Stranger

Book cover: 'Welcome Stranger'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Series: 
Beany Malone
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Beany sympathizes with Tony Lombard who is dealing with guilt from a hit-and-run accident.

Meet the Malones

Book cover: 'Meet the Malones'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Copyright: 
1943
Publisher: 
Image Cascade Publishing
Series: 
Beany Malone
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
195 pages
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This is a charming and engaging story of a Catholic family living in Denver during World War II. The Malones - Beany (13), Johnny (15), Mary Fred (16) and Elizabeth (19) lost their mother several years before the story begins. Their father, Martie, is a respected newspaperman whose column is often assigned reading in the local schools. Mr. Malone is a loving father who frankly explains to his children that he's glad he doesn't have the means to spoil them, as he knows it's better for them to take initiative and responsibility for themselves. This first story focuses on Mary Fred and her adventures as a high school junior and the owner of a new horse. Mary Fred, Johnny and Beany all want to earn money for some pet projects, as so they decide to share the chores of cooking and cleaning rather than hire a new maid when "Mrs. no-complaint Adams" quits. When Mr. Malone is called away to Hawaii for several months, their grandmother Nonna, a fashionable interior-decorator, arrives with lots of nice things for the children...and her own ideas about how the family should live. Meanwhile, the most popular boy in school takes a sudden interest in Mary Fred. When Father sends three orphan children for the Malones to care for and Nonna wants to send them to an orphanage, some important decisions have to be made. Mary Fred eventually comes to a greater appreciation for her family and the things that matter most.

Review Date: 
3-13-02
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The More the Merrier

Book cover: 'The More the Merrier'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Series: 
Beany Malone
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Beany takes in boarders and deals with the guilt of a petty theft.

Make a Wish for Me

Book cover: 'Make a Wish for Me'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Copyright: 
1956
Publisher: 
Image Cascade Publishing
Series: 
Beany Malone
Number of pages: 
285 pages
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Review: 

Beany now sixteen, is a junior and busy with the school paper. More than anything else she wants the editor to pick her to go the school paper convention. Norbett Rhodes has moved to Ohio and suggested that Beany could date others. Devastated at first, Beany has made friends with Andy Kern who thoughtfully likes to keep things light (in the dating department). After promising her nice mother, Beany reluctantly befriends a new girl at school, Dulcie, who is a showoff and very flirtatious with the boys. Dulcie soon makes enemies with lots of the girls in school - including the editor of the paper. Beany is caught between a rock and a hard place because, while disapproving of Dulcie's behavior, she sees that underneath the tough exterior, Dulcie is a insecure girl without the benefit of the supportive family Beany has been blessed with. Meanwhile, Norbett Rhodes shows up, mysteriously seeking Beany's help. Martie Malone and his new wife are understanding through all of these escapades, but definitely not clueless. In the end intregrity wins out over trying to be popular for Beany and Dulcie's flirtatious ways cause her to lose the friendship of the one boy she really cared about. This story more seriously tackles issues about dating than the previous books do - especially the dangers of "going steady". The author subtlely (and at times not-so-subtlely) encourages good friendships and fun double-dating in the high school years rather than intense romantic relationships.

Additional notes: 

This book was donated for review by Image Cascade

Review Date: 
4-3-02
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Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Book cover: 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Series: 
Beany Malone
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Beany is offered the dream wedding by her step-grandmother who is a fashionable wedding consultant. Tempers flare and personalities clash as these dreams conflict with other, more important things.

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