Elizabeth Cavanna Harrison was an American author who wrote more than 80 romances, mysteries and children's books in a 45-year career. She died at her home in Vézelay, in central France at 92.

Most of Ms. Harrison's books were written under her maiden name, Betty Cavanna. She also used the names Betsy Allen and Elizabeth Headley. Her stories about the difficulties of adolescence appealed to generations of teenage girls. In early works like ''Going on 16'' (1945) and ''A Girl Can Dream'' (1947), characters confronted loneliness, sibling rivalries and tense mother-daughter relationships.

Ms. Harrison also wrote a nonfiction series called ''Around the World,'' based on young people she met in the Caribbean, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. She often traveled with her husband, George Russell Harrison, a dean of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whom she married in 1957.

In the 1970's, she turned to mystery writing. Two of her books, ''Spice Island Mystery'' (1970) and ''The Ghost of Ballyhooly'' (1972), were runners-up for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Her last book, ''Banner Year,'' was published in 1987.

She is survived by a son, Stephen Cavanna Headley, from her first marriage.

Book List in Order: 31 titles

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    CINDY FOSTER’S IN LOVE Most sixteen-year-old girls are talking and thinking about boys, but Cindy Foster spends most of her free time at the stables with a beautiful horse named Banner. Then Cindy meets Tad, a newcomer to Martha’s Vineyar...






  • "Amboseli, Kilaguni, Manyara, Serengeti -the places on the itinerary meant nothing to seventeen-year-old Kim Kimberly when she started out on safari in East Africa. Before she was to leave, however, the strange names would haunt her like the beat of ...



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  • When sixteen-year-old Chicago-bred Carlie Copeland is given an opportunity to spend a few weeks at her Uncle Ed’s cattle ranch in the remote Outback of Australia, she couldn’t be more thrilled. But when she arrives at Love’s Creek, Carlie is...


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    Being “different” can hurt! Alan Carlisle is the first boy Jenny has ever dated. “You’re different from American girls,” he tells her. “So gentle and calm.” But Jenny Kimura Smith -- half Japanese, half American -- so discovers th...



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    To her complete bewilderment, Boston teenager Kathy McCall finds her normally affectionate, good-natured, older brother Jonathan beginning to treat her like pure poison. To make things worse, Jon’s hero Rad Cooper, a senior and editor of the school...


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    CAPE COD SUMMER Andrea Pierce, spending her summer vacation on Cape Cod, is given a scarlet-sailed Turnabout. But she doesn’t know how to manage a sail boat and, being uncertain of herself, she thinks she will never be able to learn. Then Mike...


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  • SKIING IS EVERYTHING TO ANGELA One look at the Vermont ski slopes, and Angela knows her life will never be the same. Skiing -- that magical world of snow and speed and excitement -- is going to be hers! It doesn't matter that she's never skied be...


  • LUCKY DIANE! At first, Diane hates the thought of missing all the hometown fun, but once aboard the beautiful liner that is to take her and her parents to Europe, excitement takes over. And what a trip! London, Paris, Geneva, Rome, and Italian ...






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    First Love Everyone in town took it for granted that Jane Howard was Ken Sanderson’s girl, but Jane felt that they were just good “pals.” The night Ken tried to show her that he was not at all happy with his unromantic role, Jane instinctive...


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    A Year to Remember… When the farewells were over and the huge liner Liberte was gliding out of New York harbor, Jody Scott, a slender girl of 15, stood at the railing, alone and uncertain, homesick for her father and friends. Jody was going t...


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    Prudence Foster and Cecily Roundtree are cousins, but of very different backgrounds. Raised on a Texas cattle ranch, Prue comes to Pennsylvania when her father is transferred to a subsidiary of the ranch to do research on grass. This brings the Foste...


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    A teen novel from the 50s. A Girl Can Dream is set in 1948. Loretta (Rette) Larkin idolizes her older brother, Tony, who flew for the 82nd Airborne. Meanwhile, some farmland has been converted to a new airport, and the owner of the airport shows up a...


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    Oh, why couldn’t she go off to a summer place the way her friends did? Why couldn’t her family move to the suburbs? Why couldn’t she do what she wanted most -- ride horses? Why? -- Sue knows the owner. Her father is ill. Her mother must work. W...






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    A shy dreamer dares to shine Sixteen-year-old Julie dreams of becoming an artist. But that dream seems far away to a motherless girl, shy at school and lonely at home. When Julie is entrusted with the care of a prize collie, the love and pride she...


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