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Betty Cavanna

(Elizabeth Allen Cavanna)
USA flag (1909 - 2001)

aka Betsy Allen, Elizabeth Headley

American juvenile author (full name: Elizabeth Allen) Betty Cavanna suffered from a crippling disease, infantile paralysis, as a child, which she eventually overcame with treatment and exercise. During her convalescence, attentive adults read to her until she was old enough to read to herself, beginning a long love affair with books.

Cavanna majored in journalism at the New Jersey College for Women in New Brunswick, from where she received the Bachelor of Letters degree in 1929. She also took art classes in New York and Philadelphia. Cavanna's first job was as a reporter for the Bayonne Times. In 1931 she joined the staff of the Westminster Press in Philadelphia and over the next ten years served as advertising manager and art director. She also wrote and sold material to Methodist and Baptist publishing firms. In 1940 she married Edward Talman Headley, with whom she had a son. They moved to Philadelphia. After her husband's death, she married George Russell Harrison, a university dean of science, as well as nonfiction writer, in 1957. He died in 1979.
   Lasso Your Heart (1936)
   Two's Company (1941)
   Love, Laurie (1943)
   Puppy Stakes (1943)
   Going on Sixteen (1944)
   The Black Spaniel Mystery (1945)
   A Date for Diane (1946)
   Secret Passage (1946)
   Spring Comes Riding (1946)
   Spurs for Suzanna (1947)
   Take a call, Topsy! (1947) (as by Elizabeth Headley)
   A Girl Can Dream (1948)
   Girls Can Dream, Too! (1948)
   Paintbox Summer (1949)
   She's My Girl (1949) (as by Elizabeth Headley)
   Catchpenny Street (1951) (as by Elizabeth Headley)
   6 on Easy Street (1954)
   Accent on April (1954)
   On Easy Street (1954)
   Diane's New Love (1955) (as by Elizabeth Headley)
   Passport to Romance (1955)
   The Boy Next Door (1956)
   Angel On Skis (1957)
   Toujours Diane (1957) (as by Elizabeth Headley)
   Stars in Her Eyes (1958)
   The Scarlet Sail (1959)
   Fancy Free (1961)
   A Touch of Magic (1961)
   Jenny Kimura (1962)
   A Time for Tenderness (1962)
   Almost Like Sisters (1963)
   Mystery at Love's Creek (1965)
   A Breath Of Fresh Air (1966)
   The Country Cousin (1968)
   Mystery in Marrakech (1968)
   Spice Island Mystery (1969)
   Mystery on Safari (1970)
   The Ghost of Ballyhooly (1971)
   Mystery in the Museum (1972)
   Petey (1973)
   Joy Ride (1974)
   Don't Bite Your Grandmother's Ear (1975)
   The Invention That Wouldn't Fly (1975)
   Ruffles And Drums (1975)
   Mystery of the Emerald Buddha (1976)
   You Can't Take Twenty Dogs on a Date (1977)
   Ballet Fever (1978)
   Runaway Voyage (1978)
   The Surfer and the City Girl (1981)
   Stamp Twice for Murder (1981)
   Storm in Her Heart (1983)
   Wanted: A Girl for the Horses (1984)
   Romance on Trial (1984)
   Banner Year (1987)
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