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Betty Cavanna

(Elizabeth Allen Cavanna)
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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.
Connie Blair (as by Betsy Allen)
   1. The Clue in Blue (1948)
   2. The Riddle in Red (1948)
   3. Puzzle in Purple (1948)
   4. The Secret At Black Cat Gulch (1948)
   5. The Green Island Mystery (1949)
   6. The Ghost Wore White (1950)
   7. The Yellow Warning (1951)
   8. The Gray Menace (1953)
   9. The Brown Satchel Mystery (1954)
   10. Peril in Pink (1955)
   11. The Silver Secret (1956)
   12. The Mystery of the Ruby Queens (1958)
Non fiction series
Around the World Today
   Arne of Norway (1960)
   Lucho of Peru (1961)
   Pepe of Argentina (1962)
   Chico of Guatemala (1963)
   Lo Chau of Hong Kong (1963)
   Paulo of Brazil (1963)
   Carlos of Mexico (1964)
   Noko of Japan (1964)
   Doug of Australia (1965)
   Tavi of the South Seas (1965)
   Ali of Egypt (1966)
   Demetrios of Greece (1966)
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   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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   The Diane Stories (1964)
Anthologies edited
   Pick of the Litter (1952)
Non fiction
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