October 2, 1941 |
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Notable works||Pony Pals|
Betancourt was born and raised in rural Vermont. She lived across from a dairy farm; this rural setting would later influence many of her works. During her childhood, she never considered being an author. Instead, she wanted to dance, and studied tap dancing. When she grew too tall (at five feet, eight inches) to be a Rockette, she decided to become a nun in her junior year of high school. After graduating high school, she moved to Rutland, Vermont where she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, a teaching order of nuns.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in 1964 from the College of St. Joseph the Provider and a Master of Arts degree in film from New York University in 1974.Women in Focus, her first published work, focuses on her master's degree project.
Betancourt left the Sisters of Saint Joseph and moved to New York City, where she taught public high school. She married and had a daughter, Nicole. She wrote her first children's book, SMILE! How to cope with braces, in 1982 when her daughter Nicole had braces, and soon became a full-time author. She later divorced.
She currently lives either on the top floor of a sixteen-story building near the American Museum of Natural History in New York City or in her home in Connecticut. In her free time she draws, oil paints, gardens, and reads.
Betancourt has also won numerous awards for her novels, including a Children's Choice Award from the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council for Sweet Sixteen and Never... and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In Other Works
A defaced version of Betancourt's novel Detective Pony was featured in the webcomic Homestuck, as a gift given to one of the characters. This inspired an extended fan-edit of the book, which featured extensive re-writing of the story and the inclusion of Betancourt as a self-aware character.
- Note: all retrieved from (a complete bibliography)
- Pony Pals series
- My Name is Brain Brian
- Puppy Love
- Home Sweet Home
- The Edge
- Dear Diary
- Cheer USA series
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