Beverly Cleary

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

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Ramona likes that she’s old enough to be counted on, but must everything depend on her? Mrs. Quimby has gone back to work so that Mr. Quimby can return to school, and Ramona is expected to be good for Mrs. Kemp while her parents are away, to be brave enough to ride the school bus by herself, and to put up with being teased by Danny the Yard Ape. In Ramona’s world, being eight isn’t easy, but it’s never dull!


In this Newbery Honor Book, Beverly Cleary lovingly chronicles Ramona’s experiences.

 Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Ramona Forever

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Life can move pretty fast—especially when you're in the third grade, your teenage sister's moods drive you crazy, and your mom has a suspicious secret she just won't share. Plus, Mr. Quimby's new job offer could have the entire family relocating. It's a lot to handle for Ramona. But whatever trial comes her way, Ramona can count on one thing for sure—she'll always be Ramona…forever!


Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary continues to amuse readers with her wonderful, blunderful Ramona Quimby!

 Ramona Forever

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Unabridged)

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Dear Mr. Henshaw,

I wish somebody would stop stealing the good stuff out of my lunchbag. I guess I wish a lot of other things, too. I wish someday Dad and Bandit would pull up in front in the rig ... Dad would yell out of the cab, "Come on, Leigh. Hop in and I'll give you a lift to school."

Grade Level: 
Lexile: 
910L
Length: 
01:45
Dear Mr. Henshaw (Unabridged)

Runaway Ralph (Unabridged)

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Fed up with his family, Ralph decides to hop on his motorcycle and head down the road to Happy Acres Camp. Unfortunately, life at camp is not all peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches! A strict watchdog, a mouse-hungry cat, and a troubled boy named Garf keep Ralph on his toes and away from his precious motorcycle.

Grade Level: 
Lexile: 
890L
Length: 
02:27
Runaway Ralph (Unabridged)

Ramona and Her Father (Unabridged)

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When her father loses his job, Ramona decides to help out. Maybe she could earn a million dollars making a TV commercial, or get her father to stop smoking to save money (and his lungs). She is full of ideas. Some work, some don't. But when her father says he wouldn't trade her for a million dollars, Ramona knows all is right in her world.

Grade Level: 
Lexile: 
840L
Length: 
02:08
Ramona and Her Father (Unabridged)

Henry and Ribsy (Unabridged)

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At last, Henry Huggins's father has promised to take him fishing, on one condition. Henry's dog, Ribsy, has been in all sorts of trouble lately, from running off with the neighbor's barbecue roast to stealing a policeman's lunch.

Grade Level: 
Lexile: 
740L
Length: 
02:31
Henry and Ribsy (Unabridged)

Beezus and Ramona (Unabridged)

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Big sister Beezus Quimby tries to be patient with her four-year-old little sister, Ramona, but it isn't easy, not when Ramona powders her nose with marshmallows and invites her nursery school class to a party without telling her family. Sometimes Beezus doesn't like Ramona, but the girls are sisters and that means they will always love each other - just not every single minute.

Grade Level: 
Lexile: 
780L
Length: 
02:22
Beezus and Ramona (Unabridged)

Ramona the Pest (Unabridged)

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Ramona Quimby is thrilled to be starting kindergarten. She likes a little boy named Davy so much she wants to kiss him, and she loves Susan's beautiful curls so much she wants to pull them to see them boing. Her teacher even promises her a present just for sitting still! So how does Ramona get in trouble? Well, anyone who knows Ramona knows that she is never a pest on purpose.

Grade Level: 
Lexile: 
850L
Length: 
02:35
Ramona the Pest (Unabridged)

Henry Huggins (Unabridged)

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Genuinely funny books for children are few and far between. So, when a story like Henry Huggins comes along, it comes to stay. Children everywhere see themselves in this irresistible boy's adventures.

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Lexile: 
670L
Length: 
02:30
Henry Huggins (Unabridged)

Ramona and Her Mother (Unabridged)

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Ramona feels this is the awkward age - too little to stay by herself after school when her mother is at work, but too big to enjoy playing with pesty Willa Jean at her sitter's house. These days, all Ramona really wants is to twitch her nose and be her mother's little rabbit like she used to be. Can't she be her mother's little girl forever?

Grade Level: 
Lexile: 
860L
Length: 
02:18
Ramona and Her Mother (Unabridged)

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