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Ramona Forever (Ramona Series) Hardcover – March 19, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
Book 7 of 8 in the Ramona Quimby Series

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Misunderstandings abound in Ramona Quimby's life. Even at the ripe old age of 8, she continues to find herself in trouble when she least expects it. It's a time of many changes: Ramona's friend Howie's rich uncle comes to visit from Saudi Arabia, her mother seems suspiciously fatter, and Aunt Beatrice begins dating a mystery man. It's more important than ever for Ramona and her big sister Beezus to be good, but there are so many opportunities to mess up!

Beverly Cleary has somehow managed to remember the intricate workings of a young girl's mind and heart. With several dozen children's books and many awards under her belt, she is one of America's most beloved authors. Winner of the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, as well as the Newbery Honor for Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Cleary balances raucously funny childhood adventures with poignantly real circumstances and emotions. Alan Tiegreen's clever line drawings have faithfully accompanied many of Cleary's books over the years. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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In Newbery Medalist Cleary's seventh book about the Quimbys, eight-year-old Ramona and the whole family are caught up in momentous events. Beezus and Ramona share sorrows and help each other instead of tiffing when their dear cat dies. They worry about the consequences if their aunt marries a man they're not sure they like, about Mr. Quimby's new job taking them to a distant town. Most of all, Ramona wonders about her status when Mrs. Quimby has a new baby. PW correctly predicted that the "gently humorous story, with Tiegreen's drawings emphasizing the main happenings," would be another of the author's bestsellers.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810 (What's this?)
  • Series: Ramona Quimby (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688037852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688037857
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are the students of Mrs. Chaya's Fourth Grade Class, and we would like to say that we enjoyed the book tremendously. We compared and contrasted Ramona and her sister, Beatrice, and we realized that as Ramona is growing up, differences with her sister are lessening. Both are finding more in common, such as sharing the loss of Picky-Picky,disliking Uncle Hobart, and worrying about their mother. Being together after school allowed the girls to work out their differences such as the name-calling episode where Ramona calls Beazus , PizzaFace!!! This misunderstanding happens close to the time of the cat's death but also serves as a stressbuster for both. The sisters come to realize they really do care about one another. Being in a wedding together also makes everyong realize that the girls are growing up and on the way to being lifelong friends. A new baby sister is born giving the girls another reason to be united.
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Beverly Cleary has always had a grasp on family dynamics when writing her beloved children's books. In this installment, Ramona Quimby and company face major changes. They include the kinds of situations that are commonplace in many households today (and will probably still be common in the future): getting along with siblings, life/death, friendship, financial problems, etc. All of these issues are seen from a child's point of view, making the story poignant but not quite as heavy as adult or teenage drama.
In all of these books, Ramona is the little girl with the big imagination who would do anything to make sure her family is happy and stays together. Here, she continues to grow and learn. And readers can certainly relate to her, whether she's in confusion or triumph. A child can learn from Ramona's adventures whereas an adult can reflect on their own childhoods and remember when they could be innocent and wide-eyed.
I thought this book would be the last in the Ramona series, not because Beverly Cleary took so long to write the next one (called "Ramona's World"), but because I felt some sort of resolution with this book. If Mrs. Cleary had never written another book about Ramona, I would probably have been satisfied with this conclusion. But Ramona still has room to grow, so I'll happily be along for the ride.
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Okay, I admit, I am too old for Ramona, I'm about 22 (and a male), and this doesn't stop me from reading about her adventures. Among Ramona books, this is one of the best. Cleary writes about Ramona's thoughts and feelings very vividly and describes very well about other characters too. Also, I think the characters have very well written personalities that they almost seem lifelike as well as the plot. Don't think that being old will stop you from reading this, I've read it about ten times still enjoying Ramona. Recomended for younger or older readers whether male or female or whatever.
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I love Ramona books - I read them when I was little in the 1970s, and just finished reading them with my 5 year old. He loves them all, too! She's just as loveable in the two "newer" books - Ramona Forever and Ramona's World, as she is in the original 5 or so books.
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My eight year old grand daughter had read all the Ramona books except this one. When I bought it for her, she headed for her favourite chair and started reading. Ramona Forever, like all the Ramona books, will be in her heart forever.
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I never was one to "stick" to things unless I was passionate about them...but I have stuck like glue to Ramona Quimby...Forever! She's a real winner who has come a long way since her days as a preschool miscreant on Henry Huggins' heels...Now she's experiencing new major life events that are really speeding up the growing process...being a bridesmaid, burying the family's recently deceased pet, and did I mention she will be anticipating the arrival of a new sibling?
Beezus too has her growing pains (from adolescence no doubt) and she wants to be large and in charge...especially when Ramona wants to go out and ride Howie Kemp's ten speed bike that he has offered. After that causes a rift in their relationship it takes the tragic death of the family cat, Picky-Picky, to bring Beezus back down to earth and the sisters reunite harmoniously. This volume in the Ramona series also focuses on ushering out the old along with ringing in the new....Ramona asks her parents if it is okay for her to come home after school instead of being stuck every afternoon with boring old Mrs Kemp, who always views Ramona as someone just in the way, instead of a family friend. Howie has a wealthy uncle, supposedly, lavishing the kids with expensive gifts...and is soon to wed Ramona and Beezus's Aunt Beatrice. Ramona becomes an unlikely heroine when she finds the missing wedding ring and saves the day!
And of course, there is the perfect capper to seal Ramona's fate as a big girl now...the arrival of a new baby sister! Ramona is now officially a middle child!
I've already provided the major highlights...don't miss this if you are a Ramona fan...you don't have to be a third-grader to love this kind of book!
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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.
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