Beezus and Ramona (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Beverly Cleary's Quimby sisters, Ramona and Beatrice (Beezus), continue to bring the highs and lows of school, sisterhood, and family life to new generations of readers.

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Overview

Beverly Cleary's Quimby sisters, Ramona and Beatrice (Beezus), continue to bring the highs and lows of school, sisterhood, and family life to new generations of readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881032895
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Series: Ramona Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,304,344

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary
Beverly Cleary
New readers find a friend in Beverly Cleary, who displays an uncanny understanding of kid life in Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Henry Huggins, and other titles in her classic series of books about life on Klickitat Street -- books that hold up decade after decade.

Biography

Beverly Cleary was inadvertently doing market research for her books before she wrote them, as a young children’s librarian in Yakima, Washington. Cleary heard a lot about what kids were and weren’t responding to in literature, and she thought of her library patrons when she later sat down to write her first book.

Henry Huggins, published in 1950, was an effort to represent kids like the ones in Yakima and like the ones in her childhood neighborhood in Oregon. The bunch from Klickitat Street live in modest houses in a quiet neighborhood, but they’re busy: busy with rambunctious dogs (one Ribsy, to be precise), paper routes, robot building, school, bicycle acquisitions, and other projects. Cleary was particularly sensitive to the boys from her library days who complained that they could find nothing of interest to read – and Ralph and the Motorcycle was inspired by her son, who in fourth grade said he wanted to read about motorcycles. Fifteen years after her Henry books, Cleary would concoct the delightful story of a boy who teaches Ralph to ride his red toy motorcycle.

Cleary’s best known character, however, is a girl: Ramona Quimby, the sometimes difficult but always entertaining little sister whom Cleary follows from kindergarten to fourth grade in a series of books. Ramona is a Henry Huggins neighbor who, with her sister, got her first proper introduction in Beezus and Ramona, adding a dimension of sibling dynamics to the adventures on Klickitat Street. Cleary’s stories, so simple and so true, deftly portrayed the exasperation and exuberance of being a kid. Finally, an author seemed to understand perfectly about bossy/pesty siblings, unfair teachers, playmate politics, the joys of clubhouses and the perils of sub-mattress monsters.

Cleary is one of the rare children’s authors who has been able to engage both boys and girls on their own terms, mostly through either Henry Huggins or Ramona and Beezus. She has not limited herself to those characters, though. In 1983, she won the Newbery Medal with Dear Mr. Henshaw, the story of a boy coping with his parents’ divorce, as told through his journal entries and correspondence with his favorite author. She has also written a few books for older girls (Fifteen, The Luckiest Girl, Sister of the Bride, and Jean and Johnny) mostly focusing on first love and family relationships. A set of books for beginning readers stars four-year-old twins Jimmy and Janet.

Some of Cleary’s books – particularly her titles for young adults – may seem somewhat alien to kids whose daily lives don’t feature soda fountains, bottles of ink, or even learning cursive. Still, the author’s stories and characters stand the test of time; and she nails the basic concerns of childhood and adolescence. Her books (particularly the more modern Ramona series, which touches on the repercussions of a father’s job loss and a mother’s return to work) remain relevant classics.

Cleary has said in an essay that she wrote her two autobiographical books, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet, "because I wanted to tell young readers what life was like in safer, simpler, less-prosperous times, so different from today." She has conveyed that safer, simpler era -- still fraught with its own timeless concerns -- to children in her fiction as well, more than half a century after her first books were released.

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Word processing is not Cleary's style. She writes, "I write in longhand on yellow legal pads. Some pages turn out right the first time (hooray!), some pages I revise once or twice and some I revise half-a-dozen times. I then attack my enemy the typewriter and produce a badly typed manuscript which I take to a typist whose fingers somehow hit the right keys. No, I do not use a computer. Everybody asks."

Cleary usually starts her books on January 2.

Up until she was six, Cleary lived in Yamhill, Oregon -- a town so small it had no library. Cleary's mother took up the job of librarian, asking for books to be sent from the state branch and lending them out from a lodge room over a bank. It was, Clearly remembers, "a dingy room filled with shabby leather-covered chairs and smelling of stale cigar smoke. The books were shelved in a donated china cabinet. It was there I made the most magical discovery: There were books written especially for children!"

Cleary authored a series of tie-in books in the early 1960s for classic TV show Leave It to Beaver.

Cleary's books appear in over 20 countries in 14 languages.

Cleary's book The Luckiest Girl is based in part on her own young adulthood, when a cousin of her mother's offered to take Beverly for the summer and have her attend Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, California. Cleary went from there to the University of California at Berkeley.

The actress Sarah Polley got her start playing Ramona in the late ‘80s TV series. Says Cleary in a Q & A on her web site: “I won’t let go of the rights for television productions unless I have script approval. There have been companies that have wanted the movie rights to Ramona, but they won’t let me have script approval, and so I say no. I did have script approval for the television productions of the Ramona series…. I thought Sarah Polley was a good little actress, a real little professional.”

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    1. Also Known As:
      Beverly Atlee Bunn (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Carmel, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      McMinnville, Oregon
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Ramona and Besus

    I think this is a funny book about 2 sisters who have alot of fights.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    There's a movie coming out!

    I wanted to let people know that there is a movie coming out Ramona and Beezus starring Selena Gomez from Wizards of Waverly Place as Beezus and Joey King as Ramona. I have read some of Beverly Cleary when I was younger and loved them. But I am going to see this movie and I can't wait!

    10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Real life like!

    This book is a skilled and life like book about two sisters. The older sister named beezus is really annoyed and exasperated, by her her little sister ramona who is who beezus says she is just plain awful! And how she says she doesn't love her some- Times. So basicall this book saying how they get along and goes on between exasperating ramona and bezzus. I reccomend this book to a lot of people.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    So much fun

    This book is still just as fun as I remember from when I was a kid. I read it for a reading club as a challenge book, and I'm glad I did. It's been over 20 years since I last read it, and now I'm going to grab the collection for my kids. I know they'd have a great time with them.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Faboo

    I like so adore like this boook its like sooooooooo freakin funny well i have alllllll her books my daddy is a millionare and i doooooo love livin in paris

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Anomys

    I think all bevery clary books are good

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    A FUNNY BOOK

    I love the series. So funny for any age

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Great!

    This is a AWESOME book! You SHOULD read it!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    GGRRREEEAATT

    I loovedd it the hhard cover iss 149 pages on nook its 70 pages becaause thae nnoookk isb bigggger nook and noookk color

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2011

    Keanna

    This is a great book I could not even put it down. It had a great supence. I hope you get to read it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Beezus and Ramona

    This was a great story for any older sibling who has a little sibling that drives you crazy. Growing up i had my nephew so I could relate to this story a lot. Even though they have their differences these sisters really do love each other. Filled with lots of funny moments where Ramona gets herself and her sister into very memoriable situations.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    GREAT BOOK! A MUST READ!

    This book is good. Even if Ramona does annoying things to Beezus her big sister still loves her even though Ramona can be a pest.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    This book

    My class is reading this at school and I love it!! My teacher acts like she is Ramona or Beezus, it is so funny!!! :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Anonymous

    2 the six people who gave this one star: read the book again. Have u seen the movie? If u have and still dont like it, then u have obviously gone coocoo. If u havent see it. Ramona is so cute, and everyone who says this is boring should check out the action in this book. Is locking a dog in a bathroom and putting a doll in an oven your idea of boring? If the answer is yes, u r crazy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Good book :)

    I really like it you should totally read it:)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    My daughter read this book for her 3rd grade book report. I als

    My daughter read this book for her 3rd grade book report. I also read the book at the same time. It was so funny and realistic. My daughter and her baby sister are just like Beezus and Ramona so it was extra enjoyable. The girls are just so individual and adorable. I would love to read a book when the girls grow up and the funny relationship continues.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Great book!!!!

    It is a great book even my partner thinks so but ramona is so anoying i could not handle a sister like that i would go crazy i don't know how beazus did it ? :)*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    faboo


    Faboo

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Must read this review

    Only about 70 pages. Don't waste your money on this.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Great

    I read it so much

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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