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Lenora Mattingly Weber (1895–1971)

Autor/a de Meet the Malones

32+ obres 1,083 Membres 16 Ressenyes 7 preferits

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Obres de Lenora Mattingly Weber

Meet the Malones (1943) 118 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Beany Malone (1948) 98 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Beany Has a Secret Life (1955) 62 exemplars
Happy Birthday, Dear Beany (1957) 62 exemplars
Leave It to Beany! (1950) 62 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Beany and the Beckoning Road (1952) 56 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Make a Wish for Me (1956) 54 exemplars
Something Borrowed, Something Blue (1963) 50 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Come Back, Wherever You Are (1969) 47 exemplars
Pick a New Dream (1961) 45 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The More the Merrier (1958) 45 exemplars
A Bright Star Falls (1959) 43 exemplars
Tarry Awhile (1962) 43 exemplars
Welcome, Stranger (1960) 43 exemplars
Don't Call Me Katie Rose (1964) 31 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Hello My Love, Goodbye (1971) 30 exemplars
How Long is Always (1970) 26 exemplars
The Beany Malone Cookbook (1972) 22 exemplars
I Met a Boy I Used to Know (1967) 22 exemplars
A New and Different Summer (1967) 22 exemplars
The Winds of March (1964) 21 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Angel in Heavy Shoes (1968) 20 exemplars
Sometimes a Stranger (1972) 18 exemplars
My True Love Waits (1953) 17 exemplars
Happy Landing (2007) 5 exemplars
Podgy and Sally, Co-Eds (1930) 2 exemplars
Riding High 1 exemplars

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Denver, Colorado, USA



Beany and the rest of the Malone family are back in this fourth entry in the fourteen-volume Beany Malone series, and this time they're taking to the road. With father Martie Malone off again, reporting on a hot story at the state penitentiary, Elizabeth out in California while husband Don is in the VA hospital, and Mary Fred working at a dude ranch in Wyoming for the summer, Beany and Johnny are holding down the fort, while taking care of their nephew, little Martie. After becoming convinced that her boyfriend Norbett is sneaking around behind her back with another girl, Beany wishes she too could escape, and the opportunity comes when Elizabeth asks her to accompany little Martie to California. Deciding to take the car with Johnny, who needs to visit a nearby town for research into his latest historical project, Beany also finds herself with some unexpected passengers. These include Quaker, a horse they are trying to reunited with Mary Fred's boyfriend Ander; a kindhearted older lady named Miss Opal, determined to get to California to fulfill the promise she made to a dying friend; and Cynthia, the very girl Beany believes has stolen Norbett's heart. Between the personal drama and all kinds of mishaps, will the group ever get to Oceanside...?

This being a Beany Malone story, there's never much doubt of a happy ending, but it is still a pleasant ride, following along as our heroine goes through ups and downs along the way. Road trip stories are usually entertaining—they're really just a modern update on the quest/travel narrative—and Beany and the Beckoning Road is no exception! I particularly enjoyed the picture that author Lenora Mattingly Weber painted of the roads and roadside stops along the route from Denver to California, in the early 1950s. The holiday cabin rest-stops, the motels and diners, and the etiquette of the road—all fascinating stuff! The central crisis experienced by our heroine is never much of a mystery, as any attentive reader will immediately realize that Norbett's meeting with Cynthia, seen by Beany and interpreted as romantic, is nothing of the kind, and is related to his search for a newspaper story (something he mentions working on). Still, Beany wouldn't be Beany if she weren't jumping to conclusions, and sincerely flying off the handle into misunderstanding and hurt. I enjoyed this entry in the series quite a bit, and look forward to the next, which apparently brings some significant changes to the Malone family circle. Recommended to any reader who has enjoyed the previous books about Beany and her family.
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AbigailAdams26 | Jun 23, 2024 |
The Malone family return in this third entertaining entry in Lenora Mattingly Weber's fourteen-volume Beany Malone series, as eponymous teenager Beany finds herself in hot water again because of her penchant for trying to make people happy by managing their lives for them. All is not smooth sailing as the Malones look forward to welcoming their distant Irish cousin Sheila McBride to their home, only to find that she isn't quite what they expected. Beany, determined to make this orphaned relative happy, instead drives her away by trying to change her (starting with her unsuitable blue dress). On the outs with her boyfriend Norbett Rhodes, with whom she quarrels after losing the charm bracelet he gave her, Beany also get into trouble by going behind the back of the advice columnist she is assisting, and publishing a letter and response in the newspaper that she shouldn't. The fallout from this decision—an abandoned baby now in her care—leads to more trouble and upset. Father Martie Malone, in the meantime, is once again called away, in order to work on a news story on the Navajo Reservation, while Johnny Malone continues to work to make elderly former newsman Emerson Worth's dream of sharing the early history of Denver a reality, only to find that honors won may come too late...

Originally published by Thomas Y. Crowell in 1950, and then reprinted in this paperback edition by Image Cascade Publishing in 1999, Leave It To Beany! is an engaging follow-up to its two predecessors. Although I wouldn't say I found it quite an appealing as Meet the Malones or Beany Malone—something about the wartime and immediate post-war settings of those earlier books lent them pathos—it was nevertheless quite fun to read. Of course, there were moments of discomfort here, chiefly in the way in which Beany and, to a lesser extent, the other Malone siblings were so oblivious to Sheila's unhappiness—but there were also plenty of moments of humor. One is never in much doubt as to the happy conclusion of each sub-plot, but it was still a pleasure to watch everything unfold, and to follow along as all of the quandaries into which Beany has gotten herself are eventually straightened out. My only critique, and it is a similar one to that I made in my review of Beany Malone, is that although the author depicts some very real emotional trauma here, in the form of Johnny's response to the death of Emerson Worth, I felt that the resolution was a little too rushed, a little pat. Deeply cast down by his loss, and grieving for some time, Johnny is suddenly fine, and his old self again, when Kay comes over on St. Patrick's Day. Of course, this kind of malt shop novel is meant to be mostly happy, I think, presenting a positive take on children and teenagers confronting challenges and overcoming them, so perhaps what I perceive as a rushed narrative in this regard, a too quick resolution to any truly negative emotional elements, is just a feature of the sub-genre. However the case may be, despite this criticism I nevertheless enjoyed this third visit with the Malones, and look forward to reading about their road trip in the next installment, Beany and the Beckoning Road.
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AbigailAdams26 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 10, 2024 |
The Malone family return in this follow-up to Meet the Malones, with youngest sibling Beany—full name: Catherine Cecilia Malone—taking over as protagonist from her older sister Mary Fred, the heroine of the previous book. Now sixteen, Beany is a student at Harkness High, where she has a strong crush on Norbett Rhodes, the nephew of the very man her father, newspaper columnist Martie Malone, has been crusading against. As if being "enemies" with Norbett weren't enough, Beany finds herself worrying about the happiness of each of her elder siblings when her father is sent away to Arizona for a few months, in order to regain his strength after a protracted illness. Deciding that the Malone way of opening their hearts and home to the world is misguided, and can only lead to pain, Beany tries to influence and guard each of her family members from vulnerability. But as she witnesses Mary Fred confronting a choice between popularity and what she knows is right (and what her heart wants); Elizabeth steadfastly waiting for and then supporting Don, her wounded veteran husband who is newly returned from World War II; and Johnny finding a way to help elderly family friend Emerson Worth realize his dream of seeing the early history of Denver preserved, she slowly discovers that the Malone way is best after all...

Published in 1948, five years after Meet the Malones, Beany Malone is also set around five years after that first book, shortly after the end of World War II, which looms large in the story. The storyline involving Don, who must have his injured leg amputated, would be one example of this, but so too would the entire sub-plot involving Mary Fred and Ander (whom I was happy to see were together as a couple!), and the controversy stirred up by returning GI college students with little interest in observing campus traditions. I thought that these elements of the book were quite interesting, from a historical perspective, offering a snapshot of the personal and cultural adjustments that would have been necessary on all sides, to integrate thousands of young men back into American society, after the horrors of their experiences in the recent war. I also found them quite moving, and admired both Elizabeth and Mary Fred for their response to the challenges they faced. Beany herself made a wonderfully sympathetic protagonist and heroine, so wholeheartedly invested in those she loves, even while imagining that it was possible to fence off her heart. The reader realizes immediately that this is a futile effort, but watching Beany come to that realization is one of the chief delights of the book. I found her romance with Norbett charming, and also frequently amusing, as she is so oblivious, and he so obtuse. If I had any criticism to make of the book, it would be the way in which the storyline involving Kay and Faye Maffley was resolved. While on the one hand I appreciated the way in which Weber explored the problems arising from a mother who attempts to be a peer and friend to her child, rather than their parent, on the other hand I found the overly pat and almost anti-climactic conclusion to that sub-plot rather unsatisfying. Despite this critique, I enjoyed this one every bit as much as, perhaps even a bit more than the first, and am eager to continue on with the story of Beany and the Malones. Recommended to anyone who has read and enjoyed the first book in the series, and to readers who enjoy lighthearted vintage fiction for children, or who are looking for children's books featuring loving Catholic families.
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AbigailAdams26 | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Apr 11, 2024 |
The loving and democratic Malones, known as "those awful Malones" to their next-door neighbor, "Mrs. Socially-Prominent Adams," must contend with a series of challenges, both individually and as a family, in this heartwarming children's novel from 1943. Told from the perspective of sixteen-year-old Mary Fred Malone, and set shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the story chronicles the doings of the Malones in the first year of America's involvement in World War II, as father Martie Malone, a respected newspaperman, leaves his children for a few months to report on events in Hawaii. Recently married eldest sister Elizabeth, with her newborn son in arms, returns to the family home as her serviceman husband Don is deployed. Fifteen-year-old Johnny Malone must work to repay the Wyoming woman whose egg delivery he destroyed in a car accident, while also attempting to earn the money needed for a new typewriter—necessary, if he and elderly family friend Emerson Worth are to write a history of the early days in their hometown of Denver. Thirteen-year-old Beany, convinced her tiny bedroom is fit only for a baby, has her eyes set on a redecoration project, one that will do away with juvenile rabbits and usher in the sunshine. And Mary Fred herself...? She must contend with Mr. Chips, the horse she bought from the riding stable with her prom dress money, and the competing claims of her new friendship with Ander, a Wyoming ranch boy in Denver to go to medical school, and her infatuation with high school sports hero Dike Williams, the uncontested king of Harkness High. Between all of this, their domineering step-grandmother Nonna descending upon the household in their father's absence, and the demands of helping servicemen and war orphans, the Malones have a lot on their plate...

The first of Lenora Mattingly Weber's fourteen-volume Beany Malone series, begun in 1943 and continuing through Come Back, Wherever You Are, published in 1969, Meet the Malones introduces readers to the eponymous Malone family and their chaotic but loving home in Denver. It is with the second book, Beany Malone (1948) that the heroine of the entire series was apparently revealed. However that may be, I found this first book in the series immensely charming, and raced through it in happy enjoyment. I found the period setting fascinating—this isn't historical fiction, even though set in a historical period, as it was written contemporaneously—and thought that some of the ideas presented, such as Martie Malone's insistence that it was his family's duty to keep their home open to the needy created by the war, were very poignant. They made me feel rather wistful, seeming like a relic of a bygone era in which civic duty was not so foreign of a concept to our culture. On a lighter note, there was quite a bit of slang here, some of it apparently unique to the high school attended by Mary Fred and Johnny, which also made this feel very much a product of another time. I appreciated the fact that the Malones were a middle-class Irish-American family, and that their Catholicism was a natural part of the story—not foregrounded, but a consistent undercurrent in their lives. Given the dearth of Catholics in mainstream American children's literature, both then and now, this is very welcome. Finally, the characters themselves really came alive, and I felt invested in their stories. Despite never feeling any doubt about the eventual resolution of both the Nonna and Dike Williams storylines, they elicited feelings of strong anger in me, and satisfaction when they eventually came to their inevitable conclusion. I finished this one with a desire to read the sequels, which I plan to do in short order, as well as other books by the author. Recommended to readers who enjoy lighthearted vintage fiction for children, who are looking for children's books featuring loving Catholic families, or who want stories set during World War II.
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AbigailAdams26 | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Mar 15, 2024 |


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