Meet the Malones

Meet the Malones The introductory book of the Beany Malone series Mary Fred spends the fifteen dollars that is intended for a new formal to buy her beloved Mr Chips a lame horse Elizabeth s husband Don is sent over

  • Title: Meet the Malones
  • Author: Lenora Mattingly Weber
  • ISBN: 9780425014585
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • The introductory book of the Beany Malone series Mary Fred spends the fifteen dollars that is intended for a new formal to buy her beloved Mr Chips, a lame horse Elizabeth s husband, Don, is sent overseas, and a weak and wan Elizabeth arrives at the Malones with her two week old son, Martie When Mr Malone is called away on business for the Call, the children s step gThe introductory book of the Beany Malone series Mary Fred spends the fifteen dollars that is intended for a new formal to buy her beloved Mr Chips, a lame horse Elizabeth s husband, Don, is sent overseas, and a weak and wan Elizabeth arrives at the Malones with her two week old son, Martie When Mr Malone is called away on business for the Call, the children s step grandmother, Nonna, arrives to run the household and shower them with gifts It is quickly evident that Nonna has earned her title as the iron hand in the velvet glove When Nonna provides Mary Fred expensive new clothes and relieves her of her household responsibilities, will Mary Fred be able to manage her confused priorities

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    1. The Malones - Elizabeth (now married), Mary Fred, Johnny, Beany and almost always absent father Martie Malone - are an Irish Catholic family living in Denver, just prior to World War II. While their father is off writing columns for Denver's Evening Call, the children cope with running the family household and the pressures of Harkness High."Why couldn't the young Malones do the homework and the cooking and the laundry which Mrs. Adams had done so capably? It would mean getting up earlier each m [...]

    2. I wavered between attaching a 3 or a 4 to this book, but in the end, I gave it a 4, because *by* the end, I really cared what was happening to these characters. People who know me know that I love-love-LOVE the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. What strikes me as a little strange is that I think those BTs -- set between 1896 and 1917 -- actually hold up better for me, in terms of "datedness," than some books written a little later and set in a little later a time period, and I find that a [...]

    3. I always wondered why LMW abandoned Mary Fred as her main heroine after this book and focused on Beany instead, but I guess Beany was more fallible and thus more interesting. Mary Fred sometimes pissed me off in subsequent books because she was so charmingly imperfect.

    4. I can't believe I've lived over half my life without ever cracking a "Beany Malone" book!! My public library during my growing up years did not own these books. This series has come highly recommended to me by my "Betsy-Tacy" friends. Lenora Mattingly Weber's books were published by the same publisher and had the same editor as the Betsy-Tacy books, so it's a natural that "if you like one, you'll like the other." Both deal with family dynamics, domestic issues, school, and relationships. I LOVE [...]

    5. There's a lot here to like. I especially liked the Catholicism of the family- that's a religion that gets a lot of ink via memoirs but in my experience, not so much in kidlit or YA. As a kid I knew way more about Jews and Episcopalians than I did about Catholics. I also loved the way the war was woven through the narrative. When the father tells his kids that their house must always be open for the soldiers to visit, I admit to tearing up a bit. When did we lose that commitment, and why? The wic [...]

    6. Why did I not know about this series?? I'm giving 5 stars just because that's what I would have given it when I was twelve. I love the innocence and morality in this era. Howeveris book was obviously written long before the "Back to Sleep" campaign for infants! Elizabeth's baby sleeps in a makeshift crib consisting of two armchairs pushed together with a pillow added for good measure. If that's not enough, she describes a nightgown that she makes for the baby as having too large of a neckline. L [...]

    7. I love this more every time I read it. This time, I picked up the phrase "Annie Oakley" for a free ticket to an event. Love the British children sent to the US for the war, love to hate Nonna, Love Beany's insistence on yellow gingham curtains and blue walls. In fact, I may have to decorate a bedroom that way one day. May reread the entire series in preparation for the Weber event at the Denver Public Library in 2/18.

    8. I read straight through the entire collection of Beany Malone books. I enjoy visiting a time when life was a little slower. Miss Mattingly gives her characters challenges and they rise to the occasion.

    9. This was one of my favorite series when I was in junior high. It takes place right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor & contains a lot of information on what life was like in Denver during WWII. The Malones' widowed father is a newspaperman who gets sent to Hawaii to cover the war. The teen-aged Malones agree to take over all the household chores & cooking in their father's absence in order to earn money - Mary Fred to pay for her horse & his feed, Johnny for a new typewriter, and Bea [...]

    10. I tried reading this before, and didn't get anywhere, but then as I started to read it again it came much more clearly. I found it very confusing at some parts, because at some point I was "what?" and "Who's this again?" and "I don't get why they even mentioned this because it seems to have no part in the story," and stuff like that. Being a horse lover, I loved Mr. Chips. I was so angry with Nonna when she sold Mr. Chips without Mary Fred's permission! Certainly Nonna isn't my favorite characte [...]

    11. An old-fashioned wholesome tale in the style of Estrid Ott. I feel like I ought to have loved it instead of just liked it, and I probably would have if I'd been younger when first reading it, because it fits right in with the other books I read in my tweens. Even without the nostalgia I spent a cosy evening snuggled up in a chair in the company of the Malones. I really wish they'd been better at standing up to Nonna though - she really bugged me. But of course all's well that ends well especiall [...]

    12. This is an old favorite! I was recently reminded of the series while reading "Don't Bother Me - I'm Reading" and the description of it was quite different than what I remembered. So I thought I would refresh my memory! I named one of my favorite dogs after the main character, Beany Malone. On this "adult" reading, I found I liked her sister Mary Fred better! It was interesting! - a walk down memory lane I think I can see where I got some of my "dutiful, what's right" ideas from this series. The [...]

    13. Woefully predictable plot, not the most well rounded characters, reality is hopelessly idealized, and yet I kinda love this book. I don't remember the dumb stuff, I remember the glowing moments of family love and friendship tucked here and there. The writing is not poetic, yet the moments somehow manage to be. This book's brain may not be the best, and its appearance won't win any awards, but its heart is true.

    14. I think I was 11 years old when I first "met" the Malones. I devoured every book in the series that summer, heading straight for the W shelves at the local library every week. Beany Malone was my best friend for a while. I knew what she was thinking before she thought it. Yes, it was a very nice addiction. Seeing this cover again brought back some sweet memories of learning to escape into a book.

    15. I didn't come to the Weber YA books until I was an adult, but have liked them a great deal. This first in the Beany Malone series is actually not typical since Beany is a "supporting" character, rather than the main one. Set during the early days of WW II, there are some (now) odd things, but the story is a good one.

    16. These books make me laugh. Not because they are funny, but merely because sometimes they are about the cheesiest of topics, but they are still better than a lot of new books. Meet the Malones gets four stars really is a five star book, but Mary Fred is not a very interesting character, frankly. The rest of the series is about Beany. I read these over and over again and never tire.

    17. Found this in an outgoing bucket at the library. I loved the old fashioned cover. I remembered it at once when I started reading. I read the first three quarters of it in a flash and then slowed down to enjoy the rest. I'll be looking for the others in the series. I'm glad to have found them again.

    18. Just as good as I remember it!This is young lit its best! Great characters, fun plot, life lessons without being preachy, and elevated vocabulary. This particular writer writes vibrant descriptions which pull the reader into her world.

    19. These books are continually recommended by some of my favorite people. I've tried one other Beany book and wasn't impressed. Still not captivated or charmed, so will probably stop being curious about these. They recommend so many things--I can't like everything they like!

    20. This book is very cute and fun, even if it is very predictable in parts…and some characters seem a little too caricature-ish. All in all, it’s an enjoyable comfort read about a family learning and making-do on the home front.

    21. This was a favorite book when I was in my early teens and I've enjoyed reading it over again from time to time over the years.

    22. Feeling nostalgic and checking out some favorites from my pre teems. Loved this series and I can see why. The whole family thing.

    23. This is one of those books that insists too much on its own quirkiness while not being super quirky. The onset of WWII adds a bit of weight to an otherwise fairly vanilla YA before there was YA kick off. Feels like this might be the prototype for the stereotypical jock character, so I do wonder how much of this was fresh and different in the early 40s (like one of those people who complains about Tolkien being like so many other later written fantasies they've read). The "moral" of the story fel [...]

    24. My boss recommended this series to me that she loved when she was a kid. Old-fashioned, wholesome, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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