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"Ought to be required reading for teenage daughters and their mothers." -- -- The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Series: Avon Camelot Books
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380728060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380728060
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reader Mom on February 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Beverly Cleary rightfully occupies the pedestal of supreme excellence; her books were my girlhood favorites (I'm 49) and my daughter's girlhood favorites (she's 14). Beverly Cleary's characters are more real to me than some people, along with Elizabeth Enright's Melendys and Eleanor Estes' Moffats. No one writes books like these anymore...a tragedy! Like many Beverly Cleary fans, I'm sure, I remember all of her books vividly, and though I'm a library mom all the way, I actually BUY Beverly Cleary books because I want to own them for all time. But this one fell a bit short. First, it's so dated, unusual because her books mostly transcend time. The dialogue sounds so stilted, maybe because there are precious few contractions used. Has our speech really become that much more casual? Also, I agree with the reviewer who observed that Shelley Latham's experiences are a bit too perfect. New girl... instantly popular...snags the coolest guy in school...it seems like such a cliched and dated definition of success/happiness. My daughter told me, though, that girls still become popular through the boys they attract...guess we haven't come that far after all! I noticed also that most of the kids reviewing this book gave it glowing 5-star reactions, which makes me think girls today probably long for a more innocent, more civil time, when they weren't expected to be sexualized by 5th grade (chiefly by the media's relentless bombardment). I still felt like Shelley, Philip, Hartley, etc. were very real people, just antiquated and living in a world long gone, whereas Jane, Stan, Marcy, etc. from "Fifteen" seem to ring more true even today. Oh well, like all Beverly Cleary books, this one had me looking forward to reading each night, and I finished it this morning when I should have been cleaning the bathrooms! The master still retains her magic touch, even if a bit off kilter in "The Luckiest Girl."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on March 3, 2005
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Sixteen-year-old Shelley Latham is happy with her life the way it is. Sure, she isn't too crazy about her boyfriend Jack, and she doesn't have the kind of slicker that would make her cool, but other than that she's happy. That is, until her Mother purchases a pink and velveteen raincoat for her, which causes her to blow-up, and stuff a bunch of fresh-cut roses down the disposal in the kitchen. Now Shelley realizes that she needs some time to grow up, and get away from her parents for a bit, so they send her to spend the new school year with her Mother's old college roomate, Mavis, and her family, all the way in San Sebastian, California. Shelley quickly adores everything about California, and shows people to look at the things around them - trees, fruit growing, flowers - in a new way. But that's not the best thing about California. The best thing would have to be the two wonderful boys Shelley has met, both of whom like her very much. There's handsome Philip Blanton, the basketball star; and fun Hartley Lathrop, an aspiring journalist. Between the two of them, Shelley can't choose who she likes more, and quickly embarks on a yearlong adventure filled with love, heartbreak, and much, much more.

I've been a fan of Beverly Cleary since the RAMONA books - which I read when I was 6, and adored. I then began reading Beverly Cleary again a few years ago, when her teen romances were reprinted. I adored FIFTEEN, and thought that I would give THE LUCKIEST GIRL a try. It was not a surprise to see that THE LUCKIEST GIRL was another fabulous effort on Cleary's part. While I am still partial to the characters and situations featured in FIFTEEN, I found the premise of THE LUCKIEST GIRL to be great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Cleeves on January 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the Book The Luckiest Girl,16 year old Shelly has had it! Her mother knew she wanted a yellow slicker but, NO, she had to go and buy her the pink slicker with the matching hat.

Shelly only wanted a slicker, but what she got was the trip of a lifetime!

Shelly Lafthem decides to spend the school year in Sunny Sabastion, California. She stays at her mom's friends house with the family. Shelly feels free without her parents and is enjoying life. Life even gets better when she dates the Sabastian's All_star basketball player: Phillip. Everything is going smoothly until Shelly gets a D in Biology and Phillip fails! Shelly finally realizes that she only likes Phillip because of his looks. She finds that her true love is someone who had always been there whenever she needed someone to talk to. Her time in Sabastion is almost up, so she takes in every precious moment she has left and dreads the day that she is to leave.

I thought that this book was one of the best books I've ever read. Beaverly Clearly writes in a different way than in her RAMONA books. The story made me cry and laugh and even made me feel jealous of Shelly. Many girls would die to go on an adventure like this, I know I would! I would reccommend this book to any girl nine years old or older. I think even some moms might like it too! Shelly Latham is truly, The Luckiest Girl!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on March 18, 2005
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I adored this charming book! relates alot to teen/ preteen girls. It shows what things are to come in the teen years, i loved it! STRONGLY RECCOMENDED! No sexual scenes NOT EVEN KISSING! No violence or anything! I LOVE Beverly Cleary's books and i feel this one is her best to date! ;)

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Amanda [14 years old]
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