Betsy... I'd forgotten Auntie in this book, by Dorothy Canfield.  I read it
when I was in high school and it took me years to find my own copy but I do
love it.  Betsy begins as a shy ineffective town mouse and is completely
changed by having to assume responsibility when she moves to live with her
cousins in the country.  You can trace the change from pathetic Elizabeth to
practical Betsy by the name change gradually in the story.  In this case
Elizabeth's change is brought about not by her own illness, but by the
illness of Auntie.  A bit different; usually it's Our Heroine who goes
through the illness herself and is directly affected.
Georgie, off to pull this book out of the bookcase.  It would be bottom
shelf, right at the back, wouldn't it?

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