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Ramona's World

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by Beverly Cleary, Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator), Alan Tiegreen (Illustrator)

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Ramona's back and more fun than ever as she enters the fourth grade in this newest addition to the Ramona series. And things are off to a rousing start for the perky ten year old when whe has a great first day of school, writing a gem of an essay about her new baby sister Roberta, and making a new best friend. But her elation is short-lived when she discovers that


Ramona's back and more fun than ever as she enters the fourth grade in this newest addition to the Ramona series. And things are off to a rousing start for the perky ten year old when whe has a great first day of school, writing a gem of an essay about her new baby sister Roberta, and making a new best friend. But her elation is short-lived when she discovers that her spelling is in dire need of attention and Mrs. Meacham isn't quite as nice as she first appeared. Of course, the cast for Ramona's fourth grade adventures wouldn't be complete without big sister Beezus, annoying Susan, and the increasingly appealing Yard Ape. They're all here, along with a few new faces to delight listeners with the continuing adventures of a spunky heroine who's an inspiration to generations of fans the world over.

Also available by Beverly Cleary on unabridged audio from Listening Library are " Beezus and Ramona; Ramona the Pest; Ramona the Brave; Ramona Quimby, Age 8; Ramona and Her Father; Ramona and Her Mother; Ramona Forever; Henry and Beezus; The Mouse and the Motorcycle; Ralph S. Mouse; and Runaway Ralph.

Editorial Reviews

There's never been anyone quite like Ramona Geraldine Quimby! And now, the irresistible, irrepressible star of Beverly Cleary's best-loved and bestselling series is back -- in the paperback version of her first book in 15 years. Now, Ramona is a fourth grader, struggling with her spelling; feuding and flirting with her old nemesis, Yard Ape; and joyfully making her first real girlfriends. She's also dealing with life as a middle child -- coping with her teenage sister, Beezus, and their new baby sister, Roberta -- and simply learning about growing up. But through it all, Ramona remains funny, outspoken, and amazingly real! Ramona's World is out of this world...a book that's definitely worth the wait!
Grown-ups...will welcome the return of the mischeviousmelodramatic heroine after a 15-year hiatus...
Trudi Miller Rosenblum
In this installment, Ramona gains a new baby sister, makes a new best friend, quarrels and then makes up with big sister Beezus, has a slight crush on Yard Ape(her nickname for a boy she's been playing with since kindergarten) and endures the highs and lows of fourth grade. Stockard Channing, who narrated the previous Ramona books, has a good feel for the material, conveying the spunkiness and occasional whininess of this spirted little girl.
Horn Book
(Primary, Intermediate)
Although it's been fifteen years since Ramona Forever, only two months have passed for the heroine herself, now armed for fourth grade with news of her new baby sister, Roberta. On the one hand, Mrs. Meacham loves Ramona's composition about Roberta; on the other, the teacher corrects Ramona's spelling in front of the whole class. And thus goes Ramona's year, a collection of ups and downs leading to her tenth birthday: "'That's a teenager, sort of,' said Ramona. 'Zeroteen. That's a double-digit number.'" This latest book about Ramona lacks the immediacy and tart style of its predecessors; Cleary here seems intent upon making Ramona (and Beezus) more typical than individualized. Too, passing references to nose-piercing and Velcro seem anachronistic: the sisters are otherwise untouched by life as we know it in the nineties (is Beezus really attending her first boy-girl party in the ninth grade?). While fans may welcome this Ramona redux, it's disappointing to see how innocuous she's become. r.s.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cleary's first Ramona novel in 15 years opens as this strong-willed heroine enters fourth grade, determined to find herself a best friend. A new girl at school named Daisy fits the bill perfectly and costars in two of the novel's liveliest scenes: she and Ramona vacuum Daisy's cat, and while the two play a game of make-believe in the attic, Ramona's legs break through the floor and dangle over the dining room table. Though the precocious nine-year-old is on relatively firm ground at school ("By the fourth grade she had learned to put up with teachers"), Ramona resents the emphasis that this year's teacher places on correct spelling, tries to tolerate the seemingly perfect Susan and--very realistically--alternately feuds and flirts with classmate Danny (whom she calls Yard Ape because he "acted like an ape on the playground"). On the home front, Ramona stews over her mother's preoccupation with a new baby and rolls her eyes at how sister Beezus (now a high-schooler) tends to integrate her newly acquired French vocabulary into conversation. A couple minor subplots seem dated (e.g., Beezus takes dancing lessons from her father in preparation for her first boy-girl party, to which she wears a blouse with ruffles), but most of Ramona's triumphs and traumas are timeless and convincingly portrayed. "I am a potential grown-up," declares this spunky protagonist on her 10th birthday, proudly trotting out one of her challenge words in spelling. Fans will hope that Cleary has many more growing pains and pleasures in store for Ramona before this potential is realized. 100,000 first printing. Ages 8-up. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
The first day of fourth grade held great promise for nine-year-old Ramona Quimby. She met a new friend, noticed there were no spelling words on the blackboard, and her teacher selected her composition to read aloud. However, spelling words, the bane of Ramona's existence, showed up on the second day. By the end of the day, she disliked her teacher and felt unloved by her mother who was was coddling her crying baby sister Roberta. It looked like a very long school year. We follow Ramona's ups and downs through the year as she and Daisy solidify their friendship. Ramona continues maturing through the story but still maintains her indomitable spirit. While this book can be read independently, it is even more enjoyable if the other "Ramona" books are familiar. Cleary is adept at taking everyday events and making the reader see the humor and delight in simple things. Everyone will want to visit with this old friend.
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
In this re-illustrated version of the 1999 book, Ramona is in fourth grade and growing up. She still gets into scrapes and needs rescuing—such as the time when she falls part way through the ceiling while playing at her friend's house—but increasingly her family is telling her to "cope." Perhaps I should state upfront that I am a big fan of Beverly Cleary and the true humor found in her books, especially Ramona. And this book enchants fans like me, but it is not as seamless as the earlier books. Cleary spends more time saying that Ramona feels upset or lonely instead of showing us how those emotions are expressed in the life of the fourth grader. That said, it is worth every second to watch Ramona maturing through another year. Ramona becomes savvy enough to understand a boy's teasing is a form of greeting; she becomes a problem solver, figuring out how to release her baby-sister who is stuck in the cat—condo; and along with her friends she continues to think it is cool to have calloused hands because calluses prove how much time one has spent walking hand-over-hand on the playground equipment. Ramona is cool.
Enicia Fisher
Don't kick the summer reading habit: Beverly Cleary has written the perfect accompaniment to back-to-school days....Fans will hope Cleary and illustrator Alan Tiegreen continue their portraits of Ramona as she enters her teenage years
The Christian Science Monitor
Kim Hubbard
As soothing as a Brady Bunch re-run but cleverer by far, Cleary's long awaited addition to the popular series will leave pre-teen girls clamoring for more.


Kirkus Reviews
Ramona returns (Ramona Forever, 1988, etc.), and she's as feisty as ever, now nine-going-on-ten (or "zeroteen," as she calls it). Her older sister Beezus is in high school, baby-sitting, getting her ears pierced, and going to her first dance, and now they have a younger baby sister, Roberta. Cleary picks up on all the details of fourth grade, from comparing hand calluses to the distribution of little plastic combs by the school photographer. This year Ramona is trying to improve her spelling, and Cleary is especially deft at limning the emotional nuances as Ramona fails and succeeds, goes from sad to happy, and from hurt to proud. The grand finale is Ramona's birthday party in the park, complete with a cake frosted in whipped cream. Despite a brief mention of nose piercing, Cleary's writing still reflects a secure middle-class family and untroubled school life, untouched by the classroom violence or the broken families of the 1990s. While her book doesn't match what's in the newspapers, it's a timeless, serene alternative for children, especially those with less than happy realities. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Ramona Series , #8
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Product dimensions:
7.62(w) x 5.04(h) x 0.56(d)
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

Ramona Spreads the News

Ramona Quimby was nine years old. She had brown hair, brown eyes, and no cavities. She had a mother, a father, a big sister named Beatrice who was called Beezus by the family, and — this was the exciting part — a baby sister named Roberta after her father, Robert Quimby.

"Look, at her tiny fingernails," Ramona marveled as she looked at the sleeping Roberta, "and her little eyebrows. She is already a whole person, only little." Ramona couldn't wait for the first day of school so she could spread the news about her baby sister.

That day finally came. It was a warm September day, and Ramona, neat and clean, with lunch bag in hand, half skipped, half hopped, scrunching through dry leaves on the sidewalk. She was early, she knew, but Ramona was the sort of girl who was always early because something might happen that she didn't want to miss. The fourth grade was going to be the best year of her life, so far.

Ramona was first, to arrive at the bus stop in front of Mrs. Pitt's house. Mrs. Pitt came out the front door and began sweeping her front steps.

"Hi, Mrs. Pitt," Ramona called out. "Guess what! My baby sister is two months old."

"Good for her," said Mrs. Pitt, agreeable to a baby in the neighborhood. Babies did not scatter candy wrappers or old spelling papers on the lawn in front of her house.

Ramona pretended she was playing hopscotch until her friend Howie, who was already familiar with Roberta, joined her along with other children, some with their mothers, who were excited about the first day of school. "Hi, Ramona," he said, and leaned against a tree in thestrip of grass between the sidewalk and the street. He opened his lunch bag and began to eat his sandwich. Ramona knew he was doing this so he wouldn't be bothered carrying his lunch.

"Little boy!" Mrs. Pitt called out. "Little boy, don't you drop any papers or orange peels in front of my house. And stay off my grass!"

"Okay." Howie took another bite of his sandwich as he moved to the sidewalk. Howie was not easily excited, which Ramona sometimes found annoying. She was often excited. She liked to be excited.

When the yellow bus stopped, Ramona was first on board. She plunked herself down on a seat across the aisle from another fourth grader, a boy named Danny who was wearing a white T-shirt with Trail Blazers printed on it. Ramona called him Yard Ape because she thought he acted like an ape on the playground. She was glad he had not moved away during the summer. "I have a new baby sister," she informed him.

Yard Ape closed his eyes and hit his forehead with the palm of his hand. "Another Ramona," he said, and groaned.

Ramona refused to smile. "You have a little brother," she reminded him.

"I know," answered Yard Ape, "but we just keep him for a pet."

Ramona made a face at him so he wouldn't know she liked him.

When Ramona jumped off the bus at Cedarhurst School, she greeted old friends, most of them in new, or at least clean, clothes for starting the fourth grade. When she saw Janet, whom she had often seen in the park during the summer, the two girls compared calluses on the palms of their hands. "Your calluses are really big," said Janet, impressed.

It was true. Ramona's calluses were hard and yellow because she lived close to the park, where she often went with Beezus and her mother and Roberta on warm summer days. She worked hard at the rings — pump, pump, swing, pump, pump, swing--and by the end of summer she was able to travel down the line of rings and back again.

"There's Susan," cried Janet, and ran to join her. Reluctantly Ramona followed. "Hi, Susan," she said, eyeing Susan's short blond curls.

"Hi, Ramona," answered Susan. Neither girl smiled. The trouble was the grown-up Quimbys and Susan's parents, the Kushners, were friends. Ramona did not know what Mrs. Kushner said, but her own parents often said things like, "Now, you be nice to Susan," "Susan is such a well-behaved little girl," or "Susan's mother says Susan always sets the table without being asked." Such remarks did not endear Susan to Ramona. There was more. In kindergarten Susan did not like Ramona, who could not resist pulling the long curls she had at that time and saying, "Boing!" as she released them. In first grade, when the class was making owls out of paper bags, Susan copied Ramona's owl. The teacher held up Susan's owl to show the class what a splendid owl Susan had made. This seemed so unfair to Ramona that she crunched

Susan's owl and found herself in trouble, big trouble. So how could anyone expect the two girls to befriends? As Ramona expected, the calluses on Susan's hands were so small they could scarcely be seen.

ThenRamona saw a new girl who was standing alone. A new fourth grader, Ramona decided, and because she admired the girl's long fair hair she wentover to her and asked, "What's your name?"

"Daisy," answered the girl. "Daisy Kidd." When she smiled, Ramona saw that she was wearing bands on her teeth. "What's your name?"Daisy asked. As Ramona told her, the bell rang, ending their conversation.

On her way to the fourth grade Ramona passed her former classroom, where the teacher was standing outside the door welcoming her new class. When she saw Ramona, she waved and said, "How's bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Ramona?"

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY!!!!!!I l like when ramona falls in the attic.This book is great.Please buy this novel it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its a story about a girl named Ramona and her survival of 4th grade. She thinks that everyone has a better life than herself. Her teacher is always picking on her, she has a brillant older sister and an adorable baby sister. She thinks she is PLAIN stuck in the middle. Will she develope empathy or will she always be stuck in the middle?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing! Espesally for my twin rebecca "Even though im nine i loved it " Rebecca says
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am trying to find a nice,long,cute,and funny book for a long trip and i think this might be it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book my favorite part is when ramonafalls through the roof ramona reminds me of my brother he acts like a girl and is always getting in trouble people 5 and up would love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant beleive that romana quimby is getting so big! And i cant beatrice is in high school. Alrady. And i diddt now romana had a baby sister named roberta. Maybe wen we get older they may have books about roberta. Im and third grade also and me and romana are like twins we both have same and welook alike. I love thes books! I give them 1000000 stars!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is another well-written book involving the adventures of Ramona Quimby from Portland, Oregon. Ramona is starting 4th grade thinking this will be her favorite year. This story takes place in the late 1980's. Ramona also learns to put up with her teacher. My favorite character is Ramona because she is creative and adventurous. Ramona also ran into adventure at her best friend Daisy's house. Ramona fell through the ceiling while she and Daisy were playing superstar then princess. The main characters are Ramona, Beezus, and their younger sister, Roberta. Ramona reminds me of my younger sister, Hailey, because she is creative. This is my text-to-self connection. I like the book because Ramona is a creative girl. My favorite part of the book is Ramona having a fun 10th birthday party. My least favorite character is Mrs. Meacham. I disliked when she reads notes that students write to each other and when she writes misspelled words on the board. I would have felt embarassed. If I could change something in this book, I would make Mrs. Meacham not read notes aloud. A girl who is creative and adventurous, between ages 8 to 12, would like this book. Beverly Cleary, once again, wrote another great book about the adventures of Ramona Quimby. Read it! You won't be diappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the last book? My world crumbles... &bull;&bull; O
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny book i loooove beezues!?????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!! It is really good,it is the best one yet! Ramona is funny,funny,funnny. Ramona go's to her firend' s house and than she...fell into a attic in then she came out on her firends dining table. Also Ramona untangles a paper clip and make it shaped like a half of a rectangle and than puts it on the top row of her teeth! The book is really good! By, Madeleine Kim
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how there is so much ACTION!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awsome every kid will die for this single book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every book i read shes in a different grade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep rocking and rock your world.Fun worlds, not fun worlds,and the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Received this book very quickly. My granddaughter read it and loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I think its interesting in many ways for example its good because theres alot of imagination and it tells what age to another age for example in the beginning it says Romona is 9 years old barely going to forth grade I like when it says those kinds of things because it tell me im on track Im reading the books in order
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adorable book and i love ramona!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ramonas World is a super funny and heart warming story about a girl finding her way through life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello everyone You must read this if you like books that have funny things
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a funny book! Grrat for all ages:) Beverley Cleary at her best!!!!!! :-)
Brian Hill More than 1 year ago
Good book!
Lauren Burg More than 1 year ago