Ramona is a little girl that thousands of children her age can easily relate to. She is constantly seeking attention, be it negative or positive. Her relationship with her sister is not out of the ordinary, and perhaps these typical characteristics of Ramona help children realize they're not out of the ordinary. Although she is somewhat of a handful, when the going get's tough, Ramona get's going. She and her sister, Beezus, pull together when they wanted to stay home by themselves after school and successfully gained their parent's confidence. When picky-picky dies, once again the two sisters band together to ensure thier mother doesn't get upset by finding the poor kitty passed away in his bead. Another thing the two sisters agree on is that they're mother seems to have gained a few pounds, and thier aunt and the dreaded Uncle Hobart shouldn't get married. However, once the secret of thier mother's new baby is out, and Uncle Hobart makes peace with the girls, all is well and excitement sets in. The girls have had a lot of excitement lately, but Ramona learns a valuable lesson through it all. It is hard work growing up. She thought about all of the worries about her mother and father, fighting with her sister, feeling like Mrs. Kemp hated her, and she is right that growing up is hard.