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ISBN-13: 9780380732722
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Series: Ramona Series , #8
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 103,647
Product dimensions: 7.62(w) x 5.04(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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.


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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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?"

Reading Group Guide

Ramona's World

By Beverly Cleary


Ramona is a fourth grader now, with brown hair, brown eyes, no cavities, and a new best friend! Mrs. Meacham, Ramona's teacher, says learning is fun in the fourth grade, but Ramona has better things to do than work on spelling -- although she can't think of what. Beezus is busy becoming a teenager: having her ears pierced and going to her first party with dancing. That gives Ramona a chance to try out baby sitting and even having a bit of a crush on a boy. As her baby sister Roberta's role model, Ramona teaches her to stick out her tongue and then realizes that Roberta now has a will of her own, and she's growing up -- just like Ramona.

Discussion Questions:

  1. While the grown-up Quimbys and the Kushners, Susan's parents, are friends, Ramona Quimby and Susan Kushner are not friends. Why not?
  2. The new fourth grader at Ramona's bus stop is Daisy Kidd, with long blond hair and braces on her teeth. She and Ramona share parts of their lunch and are on their way to becoming best friends. Why is it so easy for Ramona to be friends with Daisy?
  3. When Ramona thinks about herself and her sister Beezus growing up, she feels as if she were reading a good book and she wants to know what will happen next. Have you ever had such a feeling?
  4. In the chapter called "The Princess and the Witch" whose fault is it when Ramona falls through the ceiling at Daisy Kidd's house? Why does Ramona think she's going to lose her best friend? Is there a happy ending to this incident?
  5. When the photographer taking her school picture tells Ramona to "Say peas," she thinks of her baby sister spitting gooshy, smelly peas, and she makes a face that ruins her picture. Everyone laughs, and her father jokes that the picture captures the real Ramona. But later Beezus suggest that picture will make the perfect valentine to give the boy Ramona calls Yard Ape. Why? What do you think of Yard Ape's Valentine's Day poem for Ramona: "If you are eating peas/Think of me before you sneeze?"
  6. Now that Ramona is in the fourth grade her parents often tell her to "cope" when she wants help. What do Mr. and Mrs. Quimby mean by that? Why is it important for fourth grade Ramona to "cope?"
  7. The signs of Ramona's being "a potential grown-up" are becoming more apparent as Ramona discovers she is a role model for her sister Roberta, tries baby and cat sitting, and even starts to feel a little sorry for Susan. In what ways do you think Ramona will change as she grows up? In what ways will she remain the same?
  8. Do you agree with Mrs. Quimby's book that says "Ten is the nicest year of growing up?" Why or why not?

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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... •• 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