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Fifteen (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Fifteen (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Beverly Cleary

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It seems too good to be true. The most popular boy in school has asked Jane out — and she's never even dated before. Stan is tall and good-looking, friendly and hard-working — everything Jane ever dreamed of. But is she ready for this?

Suppose her parents won't let her go? What if she's nervous and makes a fool of herself? Maybe he'll think she's too


It seems too good to be true. The most popular boy in school has asked Jane out — and she's never even dated before. Stan is tall and good-looking, friendly and hard-working — everything Jane ever dreamed of. But is she ready for this?

Suppose her parents won't let her go? What if she's nervous and makes a fool of herself? Maybe he'll think she's too young. If only she knew all the clever things to say. If only she were prettier. If only she were ready for this...

With her usual warmth, perceptiveness, and humor, Beverly Cleary creates the joys and worries of a young girl's first crush.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this blast from the past, Cleary offers a crisp, albeit dated, portrayal of Jane's first dating experiences. Not part of the in-crowd, Jane has never dated anyone¾then popular Stan moves to town. Much to her surprise, Stan asks Jane out for a date. As their relationship begins to develop, Jane must overcome her parents' overprotectiveness, her difficulty joining the in-group and her insecurity over Stan's commitment to her. At times, the book presents overly traditional views of women. Nonetheless, Jane's struggles transcend time. 1996 (orig. 1956), Avon Books, $5.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Rebecca Joseph
Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
A reprint of the original published in 1956, this novel provides a fascinating window into the past. The thoughts and desires of fifteen-year-olds may be the same today as they were over fifty years ago, as are the disagreements between protective parents and their teenagers who want privacy and freedom, but the look and feel is definitely very different. It may be hard for today's teen readers to relate to the quieter lifestyle focused on baby-sitting and on girls not socially able or expected to ask boys out or even be open about their desire to be asked out by boys. Today's young readers are generally used to greater freedom of expression than their counterparts in the early- to mid-1950's. This is certainly a book that can be appreciated today, particularly by those looking for a calmer, less edgy book for teenagers about high school, growing up, and dating.

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Chapter One

Today I'm going to meet a boy, Jane Purdy told herself, as she walked up Blossom Street toward her baby-sitting job. Today I'm going to meet a boy. If she thought it often enough as if she really believed it, maybe she actually would meet a boy even though she was headed for Sandra Norton's house and the worst baby-sitting job in Woodmont.

If I don't step on any cracks in the sidewalk all the way there, Jane thought, I'll be sure to meet a boy. But avoiding cracks was silly, of course, and the sort of thing she had done when was in the third grade. She was being just as silly as some of the other fifteen-year-old girls she knew, who counted red convertibles and believed they would go steady with the first boy they saw after the hundreth red convertible. Counting convertibles and not stepping on cracks were no way to meet a boy.

Maybe, when she finished her job with Sandra, she could walk down to Nibley's Confectionery and Soda Fountain and sit at the counter and order a chocolate coke float; and if she sipped it very, very slowly a new boy might happen to come in and sit down beside her. He would be at least sixteen-old enough to have a driver's license-and he would have crinkles around his eyes that showed he had a sense of humor and he would be tall, the kind of boy all the other girls would like to date. Their eyes would meet in the mirror behind the milk-shake machines, and he would smile and she would smile back and he would turn to her and look down (down-that was important) and grin and say . . .

"Hello there!" A girl's voice interrupted Jane's daydream, and she looked up to see Marcy Stokes waving at her from a greenconvertible driven by Greg Donahoe, president of the junior class of Woodmont High School.

"Hi, Marcy," Jane called back. People who said, "Hello there," to her always made her feel so unimportant.

Greg waved, and as the couple drove on down the hill Marcy brushed a lock of hair out of her eyes and smiled back at Jane with the kind of smile a girl riding in a convertible with a popular boy on a summer day gives a girl who is walking alone. And that smile made Jane feel that everything about herself was all wrong. Her yellow cotton dress was too-well, too little-girlish with its round collar and full skirt. Her skin wasn't tan enough and even if it were, she didn't have a white pique dress to show it off. And her curly brown hair, which had seemed pretty enough in the mirror at home, now seemed childish compared to Marcy's sleek blond hair, bleached to golden streaks by the sun. The trouble with me, Jane thought, as the hill grew steeper, is that I am not the cashmere-sweater type like Marcy. Marcy wore her cashmere sweaters as if they were of no importance at all. Jane had one cashmere sweater, which she took off the minute she got home from school. Marcy had many dates with the most popular boys in school and spent a lot of time with the crowd at Nibley's. Jane had an occasional date with an old family friend named George, who was an inch shorter than she was and carried his money in a change purse instead of loose in his pocket and took her straight home from the movies. Marcy had her name mentioned in the gossip column of the Woodmontonian nearly every week. Jane had her name in the school paper when she served on the clean-up committee after the freshman tea. Marcy belonged. Jane did not.

And if I were in Marcy's place right now, Jane thought wistfully, I wouldn't even know what to say. I would probably just sit there beside Greg with my hands all clammy, because I would be so nervous and excited.

Jane reached the end of Blossom Street and paused to catch her breath before starting to climb the winding road to Sandra's house. She looked back through the locust trees at the roof of her own comfortable old house in the center of Woodmont. In recent years this pleasant village had begun to grow in two directions. Toward the bay, on the treeless side of town, there was now a real-estate development called Bayaire Estates-block after block of small houses, all variations of one ranchstyle plan, which Jane thought of as the no-down-payment-to-veterans neighborhood, because of the advertisements on billboards along the highway. On the other side of the Purdys' part of town, where Woodmont rose sharply into tree-covered hills, there were also many new houses, referred to in advertisements as "California modern, architect-designed, planned for outdoor living." These houses were being built into the hillside among the gracious old redwood homes, now called "charming rustics."

It was toward one of these new houses in the hills that Jane now walked so reluctantly. Sandra Norton and her parents had lived in Woodmont only a few months, having recently returned to this country after two years in France, where Mr. Norton had been the American representative of an airline. Already Sandra was notorious among Woodmont baby sitters. The last time Jane sat with the eight-year-old girl, Sandra had grabbed a Flit gun full of fly spray and aimed it at a new chair upholstered in pale fabric. Before Jane wrested the Flit gun from Sandra she was drenched in fly spray. Afterwards she had laughed about the incident and turned it into a funny paragraph for a baby-sitting (baby-running was really a better word) article she had written for Manuscript, the Woodmont High literary club. Never theless, it was not an experience she would care to repeat.

Fifteen. Copyright � by Beverly Cleary. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. There young Beverly learned to love books. However, when the family moved to Portland, Beverly soon found herself in the grammar school's low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers.

By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew. And so Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, and her other beloved characters were born.

When children ask Mrs. Cleary where she finds her ideas, she replies, "From my own experience and from the world around me." She included a passage about the D.E.A.R. program in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (second chapter) because she was inspired by letters she received from children who participated in "Drop Everything and Read" activities. Their interest and enthusiasm encouraged her to provide the same experience to Ramona, who enjoys D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class.

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the 2003 National Medal of Artfrom the National Endowment of the Arts and the 1984 John Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. Her Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were named 1978 and 1982 Newbery Honor Books, respectively.

Among Mrs. Cleary's other awards are the American Library Association's 1975 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Catholic Library Association's 1980 Regina Medal, and the University of Southern Mississippi's 1982 Silver Medallion, all presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. In addition, Mrs. Cleary was the 1984 United States author nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a prestigious international award.

Equally important are the more than 35 statewide awards Mrs. Cleary's books have received based on the direct votes of her young readers. In 2000, to honor her invaluable contributions to children's literature, Beverly Cleary was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. This witty and warm author is truly an international favorite. Mrs. Cleary's books appear in over twenty countries in fourteen languages and her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. And her popularity has not diminished. HarperCollins Children's Books recently announced that the film option for Cleary's classic book character, Ramona Quimby, had been sold to Fox 2000 and Denise DiNovi Productions. In addition, Portland, Oregon has proudly created The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children featuring bronze statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy, in the park where Beverly used to play.

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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Fifteen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
Tressa-Book-Review More than 1 year ago
Fifteen, was a great book. It was old fashioned, but I like things that were set back in the day. This book was a romance book, and I loved it. I usually don't like to read romance books, because I am a little young to understand, but this book explained everything so well for all ages. It helped me to understand what love really is. The main idea that the author is trying to get across the minds of teenagers, is that love is sometimes love is hard at times, but once you cross the bumps, the road ahead is really worth looking forward to. Stan is obviously a wonderful kid, and Jane really deserves that because Jane is a wonderful girl. They are really great together and deserve each other. Fifteen gives you a warm feeling inside when reading all the romantic parts. This book is a very thrilling, and enjoying book. Jane is like my fictional idle. She waits a very long time to find that one special person, and she did. It was like love at first sight to her. She had always planned out what her first boyfriend would be like. "He'd be at least sixteen, old enough to have a driver's license, and he'd have a sense of humor, and he'd be tal." and she found the perfect match. Fifteen is not like other romance books, it honestly better. All the goals the author was trying to reach, was definitely reached. Even though it was set back in the day I absolutely loved it. It was defiantly one of the best books I have read. There was not one part I did not like about this book. My last statement is, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
bdkrwalker More than 1 year ago
It starts of with young Jane Purdy who feels left out,but when she meets the boy life get intersting,and ends so greatly I wish it would never end at all.Jane doesn't know how to act on her first date,what sould she order icecream or coffee,and how will she go to a Chinese restaurant if she doesn't know how to use chopsticks.If only she was older than fifteen.
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I serisly read this book in less then a day. I couldn`t put it down. It is the best puppy love story ever. I recommend to any and every teen girl thats loves romance stories!!!!You will regret if you don`t get it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good i want to read more like this one! : )
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for teen girls who are just starting to crush. In this book, a girl named Janie who just turned fifteen is looking for a boy. Well, she found one! A great one named Stan. Janie really likes him and she thinks he likes her. When they get to know each other and go on a lot of dates, Janie starts to get annoyed when another girl is getting in the way. After the date in the city, Janie is having second thoughts about Stan and is not quite sure anymore. Then the class barbeque comes and Janie goes with Stan. Will Janie and Stan get serious? Read to find out. I thought this book was a really good book and new teens and middle school kids would enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book because many teenage girls can relate to Jane's hardships. Beverly Cleary doesn't miss a thing, there's the pretty popular girl, the average girl who is desperately wanting to be noticed and the rest of the High school student body. When you read, you follow Jane through her ups and downs of her first relationship. The book is a great story and has an outstanding author! Must Read!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are lying about being a grandma and enjoying this story for 50+ years because it was published in 2009.
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The best way I can think of to tell you how wonderful this book is, is to say that I have fondly remembered it for 50+ years (yep, I'm a Grandma now). BUT PLEASE DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM READING THIS BOOK!!! I wish I had granddughters so I could buy it for them to read. I see that many reviewers have labeled it as "outdated", and yes, it was written many years ago in a much simpler time. So you'll see "the way it used to be." But the story is truly timeless (Shakespeare anyone???? LOL). When a teen's worst worries were, "Will he ask me to the dance?", and "What do I do if he tries to kiss me?", not "Do I have to do drugs or have sex to be popular?" But as smart kids today, I'm sure you can see how situations still relate. PARENTS, you will want to get this book for your young teen daughters, especially. Hopefully you can read it "together", and it can be an excellent opening point for discussion about appropriate relationships between boys and girls, and how yesterday's worries really haven't changed much, except for the ages of today's children. That "good kids" don't expect nor give/receive sex, among other topics.
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Whenever i read this book when ive gotten almost seriously hurt ( like now ) it makes me feel so much better! This book makes me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fifteen is a really goid boik
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lended this book and cant returne it so if u want it then just by it or u will habe it forever and ever and ever
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If u you dont give this book a 5 star i'll hunt u down-jk jk Or am i???-LoL
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Where is the next 1?
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yethe book would be fine if youre 15, I was younger than you when i read this book and it wasnt gross or anything. It was a cute book and i just wanted to read more and more!
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