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Ramona the Brave

Ramona the Brave

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by Beverly Cleary, Stockard Channing (Read by)

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In this touching and funny story, the ebullient Ramona, feeling brave and grown-up, enters first grade. Quickly she finds that her new teacher, Mrs. Griggs, appears perplexed by pupils who like to be different. Since Ramona cannot help being different, clearly the two are incompatible.

Nevertheless, Ramona can be counted on to keep things lively. Enraged when Susan


In this touching and funny story, the ebullient Ramona, feeling brave and grown-up, enters first grade. Quickly she finds that her new teacher, Mrs. Griggs, appears perplexed by pupils who like to be different. Since Ramona cannot help being different, clearly the two are incompatible.

Nevertheless, Ramona can be counted on to keep things lively. Enraged when Susan copies her wise old owl prepared for Parents' Night and receives praise for it, Ramona rebels. Overcome by guilt and no longer brave, she tries mightily thereafter to please her teacher, but still Mrs. Griggs infuriatingly reports home that Ramona lacks self-control. Only because she is a girl with spunk, to use her father's word, does Ramona's courage return, earning her at last an uneasy truce with the teacher.

Beverly Cleary draws here a portrait of a little girl discovering with astonishment that the way others see her is not always the way she sees herself. In the contrast lie moments of emerging self-knowledge for Ramona and of delicious hilarity for the reader.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Long before Junie P. Jones or Peter's little brother Fudge, there was Ramona Quimby, a brave and fearless (spunky according to her Dad) little girl just starting first grade. This year Ramona will need all her spunk to deal with her first grade teacher who calls her Ramona Kitty Cat (because Ramona prints the Q that starts her last name with whiskers and ears), a bossy big sister, and her Mom's new job. But it is hard to be brave when you take a different route to school and lose your shoe protecting yourself from a growling German shepherd! Or when you go to sleep in your new bedroom and, for the first time ever, you are alone in the dark. Who knows what might be hiding under the bed, slithering behind the curtains, or slinking around the walls? A timeless classic that is as delightful today as it was when first published. A wonderful book for parents and teachers to share with younger readers.

Product Details

Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
Ramona Series , #3
Edition description:
Unabridged, 2 Cassettes, 2 hrs. 25 min.
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.97(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

Trouble in the Park

Ramona Quimby, brave and fearless, was half running, half skipping to keep up with her big sister Beatrice on their way home from the park. She had never seen her sister's cheeks so flushed with anger as they were this August afternoon. Ramona was sticky from heat and grubby from landing in the sawdust at the foot of the slides, but she was proud of herself. When Mrs. Quimby had sent the girls to the park for an hour, because she had an errand to do--an important errand, she hinted--she told Beezus, as Beatrice was called, to look after Ramona.

And what had happened? For the first time in her six years Ramona had looked after Beezus, who was supposed to be the responsible one. Bossy was a better word, Ramona sometimes thought. But not today. Ramona had stepped forward and defended her sister for a change.

"Beezus," said Ramona, panting, "slow down."

Beezus, clutching her library book in her sweaty hand, paid no attention. The clang of rings, the steady pop of tennis balls against asphalt, and the shouts of children grew fainter as the girls approached their house on Klickitat Street.

Ramona hoped their mother would be home from her errand, whatever it was. She couldn't wait to tell what had happened and how she had defended her big sister. Her mother would be so proud, and so would her father when he came home from work and heard the story. "Good for you, Ramona," he would say. "That's the old fight!" Brave little Ramona.

Fortunately, the car was in the garage and Mrs. Quimby was in the living room when the girls burst into the house. "Why, Beezus," said their mother, when shesaw the flushed and sweaty faces of her daughters, one angry and one triumphant.

Beezus blinked to hold back the tears in her eyes.

"Ramona, what happened to Beezus?" Mrs. Quimby was alarmed.

"Don't ever call me Beezus again!" Beezus's voice was fierce.

Mrs. Quimby looked at. Ramona for the explanation, and Ramona was eager to give it. Usually Beezus was the one who explained what had happened to Ramona, how she had dropped her ice-cream cone on the sidewalk and cried when Beezus would not let her pick it up, or how she tried, in spite of the rules, to go down a slide headfirst and had landed on her face in the sawdust. Now Ramona was going to have a turn. She took a deep breath and prepared to tell her tale. "Well, when we went to the park, I slid on the slides awhile and Beezus sat on a bench reading her library book. Then I saw an empty swing. A big swing, not a baby swing over the wading pool, and I thought since I'm going to be in the first grade next month I should swing on the big swings. Shouldn't I, Mama?"

"Yes, of course." Mrs. Quimby was impatient. "Please, go on with the story. What happened to Beezus?"

"Well, I climbed up in the swing," Ramona continued, "only my feet wouldn't touch the ground because there was this big hollow under the swing." Ramona recalled how she had longed to swing until the chains went slack in her hands and her toes pointed to the tops of the fir trees, but she sensed that she had better hurry up with her story or her mother would ask Beezus to tell it. Ramona never liked to lose an audience. "And I said, 'Beezus, push me,' and some big boys, big bad boys, heard me and one of them said--" Ramona, eager to be the one to tell the story but reluctant to repeat the words, hesitated.

"Said what?" Mrs. Quimby was baffled. "Said what, Ramona? Beezus, what did he say?"

Beezus wiped the back of her wrist across her eyes and tried. "He said, 'J-j-j'"

Eagerness to beat her sister at telling what had happened overcame Ramona's reluctance. "He said, 'Jesus, Beezus!'" Ramona looked up at her mother, waiting for her to be shocked.

Instead she merely looked surprised and could it be?--amused.

"And that is why I never, never, never want to be called Beezus again!" said Beezus.

"And all the other boys began to say it, too," said Ramona, warming to her story now that she was past the bad part. "Oh, Mama, it was just awful. It was terrible. All those big awful boys! They kept saying, 'Jesus, Beezus' and 'Beezus, Jesus.' I jumped out of the swing, and I told them--"

Here Beezus interrupted. Anger once more replaced tears. "And then Ramona had to get into the act. Do you know what she did? She jumped out of the swing and preached a sermon! Nobody wants a little sister tagging around preaching sermons to a bunch of boys. And they weren't that big either. They were just trying to act big."

Ramona was stunned by this view of her behavior. How unfair of Beezus when she bad been so brave. And the boys had seemed big to her.

Mrs. Quimby spoke to Beezus as if Ramona were not present. "A sermon! You must be joking."

Ramona tried again. "Mama, I--"

Beezus was not going to give her little sister achance to speak. "No, I'm not joking. And then Ramona stuck her thumbs in her ears, waggled her fingers, and stuck out her tongue. I just about died, I was so embarrassed."

Ramona was suddenly subdued. She had thought Beezus was angry at the boys, but now it turned out she was angry with her little sister, too. Maybe angrier. Ramona was used to being considered a little pest, and she knew she sometimes was a pest, but this was something different. She felt as if she were standing aside looking at herself. She saw a stranger, a funny little six-year-old girl with straight brown hair, wearing grubby shorts and an old T-shirt, inherited from Beezus, which had Camp Namanu printed across the front.

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and until she was old enough to attend school she lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged to have books sent to their tiny town from the state library and acted as a librarian in a room over a bank. It was there that Mrs. Cleary learned to love books. Generations of children have grown up with Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ralph Mouse, and all of their friends, families, and assorted pets. Beverly Cleary continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages throughout the world.

Brief Biography

Carmel, California
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1916
Place of Birth:
McMinnville, Oregon
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Ramona the Brave 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome!Any one who has not read it needs to because it is super funny and I think it is the best book in the whole wide world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ramona is very active in Ramona the brave
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so many times and it gets me laughing in no time. It is about a little girl named Romona who tries to get attention but things always turns out wrong. Life is so unfair! Yiou really shoud read this book! I LOVE BEVERLY CLEARY BOOKS!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a good one for kids and grownups because it's fun and funny so funny!!! It has when Ramona think she's brave and throw her shoes at a dog. She sleeps in a room by herself but shes scared. It's sucha good book i wish you'd buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so putting this on my wish list
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want all the of the books so yeah im going to put it on my wish list :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so cool .she tries to boss her sister around but it never works. She loves to play and loves being the senter of everything.
Jennifer Dunn More than 1 year ago
In this book Ramona Quimby is up to something! She gets into owl trouble, thinks her teacher Mrs. Griggs does'nt like her, and scares her self so much, she ends up not wanting to sleep in her new room! Her and her older sister are always quarreling, her mom gets a job and has bologna sandwiches in her lunch every single day of the week! Please read this book it deserves 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ramona Quimby goes to the park with her sister Beezus.Some boys say''Jeeus Beezus''. Ramona sicked her tongh out and thinks she's brave.Ramona gets a new room first for six mounths.When the first day of school comes she has a very mean teacher.When Ramona spends her first night in her room, she was afraid. Will Rammona tell she's afraid,and change her teacher or not?????????????
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ramona is brave. And scared. And feisty. And a pest. Ramona is a typical six year old in the first grade. Excited by a hole in her house, angered by a copy-cat, and frightened by a big dog, Ramona is the little girl in all of us. 'Ramona the Brave' is a book that is easy for children to read, and is a trip down memory lane for adults. And if you're a parent with a child who cannot read, then you both will enjoy sharing Ramona's stories...together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ramona the brave is a story filled with hilarity, courage and family. Not often will you hear someone declare, "hey, you are reading Ramona the Brave? I hated the book. It had a lame plot line." No. Somebody will comment on the great plot line. Overall, it is fabulously written by award winning author Beverly Cleary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book thinking I would love it but I hate it!!! Bad book do not buy. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great chapter read for s book discussion for ags 7-8
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I love reading this when i am bored.
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I'm so glad that only 2 people gave this one star. Since one of them was positive for some reason, only one person hated this. :) I'm glad because this is an awesome book.
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