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Ramona Forever (Ramona Quimby) [Paperback]

Beverly Cleary

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1 Aug 1995 Ramona Quimby
From the moment Howie Kemp's mysterious "rich" Uncle Hobart arrives from Saudi Arabia, everything around Ramona Quimby seems to be changing. Howie and his sister, Willa Jean, talk only about Uncle Hobart. Ramona's mother and Aunt Bea seem to be keeping secrets. Life for Ramona, now a grown-up third-grader is full of beginnings and discoveries and surprises–one very big surprise and one very small, but just as special!

Through all the happiness and confusion, and some small moments of sadness too, Ramona tries hard to be pleasant and helpful. Whether she's pleasant or pesty, brave or blunderful, she's always wonderful Ramona – forever!

Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy; Reprint edition (1 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380709600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380709601
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,894,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Beverly Cleary spent her early childhood on a farm in Oregon where no books were available until her mother opened a library with books from the State library. Beverly resolved to become a librarian and to write when she grew up. She fulfilled both ambitions, working as a children's librarian before going on to become one of America's best-selling children's authors. Beverly has won many prestigious awards including the American Librarians' Association Laura Ingalls Wilder award.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  63 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compare and Contrast Ramona and Beatrice 12 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
We are the students of Mrs. Chaya's Fourth Grade Class, and we would like to say that we enjoyed the book tremendously. We compared and contrasted Ramona and her sister, Beatrice, and we realized that as Ramona is growing up, differences with her sister are lessening. Both are finding more in common, such as sharing the loss of Picky-Picky,disliking Uncle Hobart, and worrying about their mother. Being together after school allowed the girls to work out their differences such as the name-calling episode where Ramona calls Beazus , PizzaFace!!! This misunderstanding happens close to the time of the cat's death but also serves as a stressbuster for both. The sisters come to realize they really do care about one another. Being in a wedding together also makes everyong realize that the girls are growing up and on the way to being lifelong friends. A new baby sister is born giving the girls another reason to be united.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most heartfelt of the Ramona series 15 Aug 2002
By M. Hind - Published on Amazon.com
Beverly Cleary has always had a grasp on family dynamics when writing her beloved children's books. In this installment, Ramona Quimby and company face major changes. They include the kinds of situations that are commonplace in many households today (and will probably still be common in the future): getting along with siblings, life/death, friendship, financial problems, etc. All of these issues are seen from a child's point of view, making the story poignant but not quite as heavy as adult or teenage drama.
In all of these books, Ramona is the little girl with the big imagination who would do anything to make sure her family is happy and stays together. Here, she continues to grow and learn. And readers can certainly relate to her, whether she's in confusion or triumph. A child can learn from Ramona's adventures whereas an adult can reflect on their own childhoods and remember when they could be innocent and wide-eyed.
I thought this book would be the last in the Ramona series, not because Beverly Cleary took so long to write the next one (called "Ramona's World"), but because I felt some sort of resolution with this book. If Mrs. Cleary had never written another book about Ramona, I would probably have been satisfied with this conclusion. But Ramona still has room to grow, so I'll happily be along for the ride.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Ramona 12 July 2001
By Nikki - Published on Amazon.com
Ramona is a little girl that thousands of children her age can easily relate to. She is constantly seeking attention, be it negative or positive. Her relationship with her sister is not out of the ordinary, and perhaps these typical characteristics of Ramona help children realize they're not out of the ordinary. Although she is somewhat of a handful, when the going get's tough, Ramona get's going. She and her sister, Beezus, pull together when they wanted to stay home by themselves after school and successfully gained their parent's confidence. When picky-picky dies, once again the two sisters band together to ensure thier mother doesn't get upset by finding the poor kitty passed away in his bead. Another thing the two sisters agree on is that they're mother seems to have gained a few pounds, and thier aunt and the dreaded Uncle Hobart shouldn't get married. However, once the secret of thier mother's new baby is out, and Uncle Hobart makes peace with the girls, all is well and excitement sets in. The girls have had a lot of excitement lately, but Ramona learns a valuable lesson through it all. It is hard work growing up. She thought about all of the worries about her mother and father, fighting with her sister, feeling like Mrs. Kemp hated her, and she is right that growing up is hard.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books I've ever read 17 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Okay, I admit, I am too old for Ramona, I'm about 22 (and a male), and this doesn't stop me from reading about her adventures. Among Ramona books, this is one of the best. Cleary writes about Ramona's thoughts and feelings very vividly and describes very well about other characters too. Also, I think the characters have very well written personalities that they almost seem lifelike as well as the plot. Don't think that being old will stop you from reading this, I've read it about ten times still enjoying Ramona. Recomended for younger or older readers whether male or female or whatever.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramona Forever 23 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is an exellent Book.I am a vivd Ramona book reader and I reccomend it to all ages. You will feel satisfied after you read it. I would suggest reading some of the other Ramona books first. It is complete and it is a definate thumbs up. Ramona and Beezus fell closer during a birth, a death and a marrige.Also their pearsonalitys are even more similar.There some hilarias scenes. This is the ultimite book for all girls and boys.It left me in stiches. Congrats to Beverly Cleary on this superb book.
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