Ramona Forever

by Beverly Cleary

Other authorsTracy Dockray (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1984

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HarperCollins (1984), Edition: First William Morrow, 182 pages


Ramona's year in third grade is highlighted by the arrival of Howie's rich uncle, a change in her after-school situation, a surprise wedding, a death and a new arrival in the family, and her father's getting a job.

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LibraryThing member hippieJ
i love beverly clearys books but i love the ramona books in particular bcuz wen i was little it was something i could relate to. read them and let your inner child soar!
LibraryThing member Ebinns
This book is appropriate for 3rd - 5th graders. This is a long chapter book and how be a good for older age children. This book is about a third grade girl, Ramona Quimby, and her life. She is best friends with Howie who is sometimes called her boyfriend. They are both eager for the arrival of
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Uncle Hobart. Ramona tells her classmates that uncle Hobart is a very wealthy man and he will arrive in a limo. They are sick and tired of hearing about it. When Uncle Hobart finally arrives it isn't what Ramona expects and his upset. Her sister and her don't really care for the uncle anymore. One day the uncle comes over and Ramona wants to go for a bike ride but her sister doesn't want her to go and has a fit even calls her sister pizza face which, really hurts her feeling because she is going through puberty and have pimples on her face. The two are now not talking because of name calling. Ramona's mother tell her that she is going to be a big sister because she is pregnant. Another event is Anut Bea and Hobart decide to get married making Howie and Ramona cousins. A sad event is when Ramona realizes she forgot to let the cat out and it dies in the basement. Her sister and her barrie it in the backyard. This book is a roller coster of Ramona's crazy life.
Teacher could use this book to:
-Read a series of books with the class. The students can predict on what they think is going to happen.
-Have students write about a family member or someone that they are always excited to see. Have them write it in their journals.
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LibraryThing member amcgoogan
Romona Forever is a captivating book about a young girl dealing with daily struggles of life. An older sister that isn't so nice, a possible threat of having to move and even worse, a baby brother or sister on the way create a whirlwind life for Romona. Not to mention the neighborhood boy's rich
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uncle has returned. Romona is a heartwarming kid with lots of spunk. It is an appropriate reading level for struggling middle school reader.
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LibraryThing member jgbyers
Even at the early age of 8, Ramona continues to find herself in trouble when she least expects it. Ramona's life changes very fast, her friend Howie's rich uncle comes to visit from Saudi Arabia, her mother seems suspiciously fatter, and Aunt Beatrice begins dating a mystery man. Ramona is also
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disturbed by the fact that Howie's uncle calls Ramona Howie's girlfriend. It's more important than ever for Ramona and her big sister Beezus to be good, but she can't quite behave.
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LibraryThing member sllumpkin
One of the interesting books in the series about little, mischevious Ramona Quimby. In this book, Ramona faces several life-changing events and drama for a third grader. Ramona begins to feel that Howie's grandmother dislikes her, and she has a hard time getting along with her teenager sister,
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Beezus. Ramona is also challenged with the marriage of her Aunt Beatrice and the birth of a new sibling.
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LibraryThing member rachelsticka
I would definitely want my classroom to read Beverly Cleary because she is a local writer. Reading the Ramona books have names that many children will recognize. The simplicity and realism of these books make them excellent first reads for chapter book readers. Children can relate to annoying
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siblings, being blamed, weddings, and the birth of a new sibling. Ramona Forever is a recommended book for children in my future classroom.
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LibraryThing member hnebeker
I can't decide if I'm heartbroken or thrilled that they've made Cleary's books into a movie. In the same vein I cannot decide if I'll see said movie or not. I started ready Beverly Cleary's books when I was in the First grade and read every single one I could get my hands on as fast as I could- you
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could say I devoured them really. Her writing was so wonderfully appropriate to my life that I thought she had written them just for me. I later enjoyed reading the story of her life: A Girl From Yamhill. In rereading these books I can see that her writing, in being so detailed and specific, is actually perfectly universal. She is and will always be one of my very favorites.
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LibraryThing member MelAKnee
Great book for the middle child! Ramona is concerned with many things that grown ups do and why they do it. Luckily, she has her sister Beezus and her best friend Howie to help figure things out.
LibraryThing member sroslund
Ramona is sick and tired of going over to Mrs. Kemp’s after school while her mom and dad are at work. Mrs. Kemp’s rich son has come back from Saudi Arabia and he teases Ramona incessantly. Mrs. Kemp, herself, is always snapping at Ramona, telling her she needs to act her age. But Ramona IS
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acting her age! She and her sister, Beezus, are suspicious that their mother may be hiding a big secret in her belly and they both hope that will mean no more Mrs. Kemp and soon. Beverly Cleary’s classic sixth installment of the Ramona Series gives readers another glimpse into the precocious third-grader’s world and her struggles to be grown-up without being too grown-up. Ramona is a fantastic, utterly accessible heroine whose honesty and sincerity makes it look like writing her is easy. But only Cleary can instill the ideal balance of innocence and mischievousness that makes up Ramona. Tracey Dockray’s wispy pencil sketches are swishy and characteristic of Ramona, but they lack the gawky, lip-chewing perfection that was Louis Darling’s original cover art. A good choice for young readers facing the introduction of a new little sibling. Recommended for ages 7-9.
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LibraryThing member andreacarole
Third-grader, Ramona, is faced with her aunt marrying the uncle of her friend, her cat, Pickey-Pickey's death and the birth of her new baby sister, Roberta. After going through all these trials, Ramona decides that she likes herself very much.
LibraryThing member leithe
Ramona Forever is a story young girls will really enjoy and even I can relate to dealing with a sibling and the quirky family dynamic of the Quimbys
LibraryThing member catherineparry
Great easy chapter book by a once-local author. Ramona is a very relatable character for 2nd or 3rd graders, with everyday life experience they can connect to. Would be a good independent read or class read-aloud.
Media: ink sketches
LibraryThing member Stahl-Ricco
This book deals with a lot of life events, which seemed a little heavy for me. You have the death of a pet, family money problems, employment troubles, a wedding, a pregnancy and a birth. It felt a tad overwhelming for the reading level. But it is well written, except for the name of the cat, which
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I hated!
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LibraryThing member NadineC.Keels
Changes are afoot in Ramona Quimby's neck of the woods. Her father is on a new job search, and a momentous turning point is coming for Ramona and her older sister, Beezus. Plus, there are surprises in store around the Quimby house: one big surprise, and one "little" surprise that's just as big!
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Through her adventures of growing up, Ramona is still Ramona in Ramona Forever by author Beverly Cleary.

Well! This book was originally a smashing end to the Ramona series, back in 1984, before the 1999 addition of one more Ramona book. Even with Forever no longer being the last, it's a smashing continuation and still one of my favorites.

It's got its laugh-out-loud moments and its heart-tugging moments when things get real. And, honestly, why do grownups treat children in some of the silly ways they do? (Yikes. I'm a grownup now. Do I do any of that silly stuff?) I understand Ramona's disinclination to giving people the silent treatment: "Ramona often yelled at people, but never refused to speak. Nothing could happen if you didn't speak, and she liked things to happen." And I've always been proud of the way Ramona saves the day in this story—oh, yes, she does!

Never a dull moment in this book full of changes in Ramona's life, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series, which will be all-new to me.
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LibraryThing member fingerpost
Ramona is finally allowed to come home after school instead of going to Howie's house to be cared for by his grandmother; Beezus deals with acne; their aunt gets married; and a new baby is on the way in the Quimby family.
Through it all, Ramona takes her next few steps in growing up.
LibraryThing member bookworm12
A funeral for a pet, a wedding, and a new baby on the way, there's a lot of changes for Ramona in this book.
LibraryThing member foggidawn
Ramona doesn't know it yet, but two big, exciting events are just around the corner. Her Aunt Beatrice has a boyfriend, and things are getting serious -- and are Ramona's parents acting like they have another secret? Maybe...

I always think of this as the last book in the series, because it was,
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back when I first read it. It's also the one I remember best -- in reviews of other books, I have mentioned that they tend to run together in my memory, but this one stands out a little more.
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LibraryThing member Marse
The further adventures of Ramona. In this book, she is tired of being baby-sat and having to play with Howie's little sister. And besides that, Howie's uncle is annoying. And then the cat dies...


Texas Bluebonnet Award (Nominee — 1987)
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 1988)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 4-8 — 1986)
Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 1987)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — 1989)
Iowa Children's Choice Award (Nominee — 1987)




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