2017-09-11 20:15:31 UTC
(Not to be confused with the religious writer who wrote "The Happy Housewife" in 1975. Unfortunately, Goodreads makes that mistake - but there don't seem to be any written reviews of the children's books there anyway.)
"Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Gillette Baker died peacefully on May 10, 2017 in Greenville, S.C. at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morton "Terry" Baker and daughter, Maria Baker. Betsy is survived by her daughter, Margaret Ashby (Gerald) and son, Stephen Baker (Heide), 7 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Betsy was born on November 14, 1923 to Charles and Ruth (Otis) Gillette in Rochester, NY. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1945 and moved to Boston, MA. In 1950, she and Terry moved to Concord, MA. Betsy is the author of eight books for children. Her family will gather for a private graveside service of burial at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA."
From Contemporary Authors:
Tammy Camps Out introduces the young heroine of several Baker novels. In this initial outing, Tammy is trapped with her brother in a landslide while camping with her family in the woods. It is up to her to blaze a trail back to camp to get help. "Tammy learns--the hard way--to build campfires and overcome her fears of the wild, " writes Helen Perdue in Library Journal...
...In addition to her stories about Tammy, Baker also wrote light mysteries for young readers. One such book is Treasures of Rattlesnake Hill, which finds a mystery surrounding an old land title in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Baker, according to the Saturday Review critic, writes "convincingly about new friendships, outdoor pleasures, and indoor explorations."...
(five Kirkus reviews)
(about "Fire in the Wind")
WRITINGS BY THE AUTHOR:
Tammy Camps Out, Houghton (Boston), 1958.
Treasures of Rattlesnake Hill, Houghton, 1959.
("Ann's summer in the Berkshires is filled with fun, mystery and adventure after she discovers the romantic diary written by an ancestor.")
Fire in the Wind, Houghton, 1961.
Tammy Climbs Pyramid Mountain, (illustrated by Beth Krush) Houghton, 1962.
Tammy Goes Canoeing, Houghton, 1966.
Stronger Than Hate, Houghton, 1969.
("The citizens of a conservative white town erupt when they discover Negro families are planning to move in.")
Tammy Camps in the Rocky Mountains, Houghton, 1970.
This Stranger, My Son, (illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush) Houghton, 1971.
("Teen-age Marc's steadily deteriorating relationship with his father reaches its nadir when Marc's participation in a peace demonstration results in his suspension from school.")