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Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.
Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.
At fifteen, Jane Purdy longs to meet a nice boy. She makes a game of it, telling herself as she goes various places, "Today I will meet a boy. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Joanna Mechlinski
this book was horendously awesomly stupendously amazingly SUPERCALIFRAGALISTICEXPIALADOCIUS!! loved it!!!!!! i loved this book sooo good for girls. i recommendPublished 2 months ago by sofia
...and that's what Fifteen does. This story, written a lifetime ago, was very with the times when originally published. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kay A. Ess
Another favorite at age 15. Still a good read. Book that comes close is called The Pink Dress. Very expensive to purchase if you can find it.Published 4 months ago by Jill Schroeder
This book was one from my childhood that I loved and now to re-read it is so refreshing. Hoping for dates, trying to find yourself and just in general always feeling like you're... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Annette
As I remember it.....40 years later.a sweet coming of age book.
Trials of a teenager.
Any age.any place.. Authentic
I have loved Jane Purdy and Stan Crandall for 34 years. The librarian recommended Fifteen to me when I was in middle school and I have read it a thousand times!!Published 8 months ago by Vicki Hovanesian
She is a book worm but she said she couldn't finish this one. She said it was so dated she couldn't get into the story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Matthew
I was extremely pleased to see this book was still around! I read it as a youngster, and it was just as delightful many years later. Read morePublished 9 months ago by beatlesfan48