Ramona Quimby, one of the most beloved characters in children’s fiction, has reached third grade. At school, her new teacher, Mrs. Whaley, addresses the class as “you guys.” At home, she helps her family “squeak by” as her mother works and her father returns to college to become an art teacher.
All the Quimbys have their ups and downs, but none feels them more intensely than Ramona. Her low point is undoubtedly reached the day she throws up in class and Mrs. Whaley instructs the children to hold their noses and file into the hall. But three days later Ramona recovers her verve sufficiently to give a book report in the style of a television commercial, bringing down the house with her final ad-lib line: “I can’t believe I read the whole thing!”
Writing with humor and compassion, Beverly Cleary continues her chronicle of a child’s growth and lovingly reaffirms the durability of the memorable Quimby family. They may not be nice all the time, but they stick together through good times and bad.
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