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Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby
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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.

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Balf's true story is so fantastic one could easily think it was a historical novel. In 1854, U.S. Navy Lt. Isaac Strain commanded a doomed expedition to survey a route for a canal across the isthmus of Darien in Panama to connect the Atlantic to the Pacific. The selflessness and heroism with which he and some members of his command reacted under extraordinary difficulties is almost beyond belief. His party quickly became lost, and all fell victim to exhaustion, disease, and starvation. Some abandoned members who could not keep up; some attempted cannibalism. A solid reading by Scott Brick allows this story to unfold steadily; it comes across as both informative and fascinating. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Scott R. DiMarco, Herkimer Cty. Community Coll., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Younger kids love Ramona's can-do brand of chaos, while older kids can likely identify with Beezus's big-sister frustrations."--Brightly
"Ramona's adventures ring as true as the recess bell."--New York Times

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