Ramona's World (Ramona Quimby, #8)
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Ramona Quimby is back! Beverly Cleary's best-loved and most exuberant character has been winning friends since the 1950s when she made her first appearance as Beezus's pesky little sister. Now, in Cleary's first Ramona book in 15 years, our beloved spitfire is 9 years old, and she fully intends to make fourth grade the best year of her life. Even with her spelling struggle...more
Unknown Binding, 240 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by HarperFestival (first published August 25th 1999)
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Jen
While this isn't my favorite in the Ramona series, it was certainly enjoyable. Ellie and I are both very sad that we're all done with "Mona". Hopefully we can reread them in a few years time. :)
Katie Fowler
At the library this weekend I happened to discover that there was one lone Ramona book that I had not read, and I scooped it up and read the whole thing on a rainy afternoon. Beverly Cleary was 83 years old when she wrote this, but it's amazing how she could still perfectly get inside the head of a 9-year-old. Good plot, true to the series and tweaked with a few modern touches juuuust enough to be credible. Even though this came out in 1999, I didn't want Beezus to be listening to Britney Spears...more
Catherine
Although this final Ramona book was written 15 years after the previous installment, it's much truer to the feel of the original series than Ramona Forever. It's much more Ramona-centric, with the now 4th grader meeting a new best friend, getting herself in and out of various scrapes, and finally developing a little sympathy for the super-annoying, always-perfect Susan.

Reading the series to my sons, I'm glad this was the conclusion to the series and not the book that concluded the series when I...more
Michelle
You guys, Beverly Cleary is 98 and still alive, and I realize it's horribly selfish of me to try to take up her remaining years, but do you think we can convince her to write another Ramona book? Because I've checked that illustrator Alan Tiegreen is also still alive, so I really think this should happen.

In this last(?) Quimby adventure, we have: new baby Roberta and Ramona's interactions with her, from cleaning up rejected peas to babysitting for 15 minutes, omg; a new (girl!) best friend for R...more
Michael
Growing up, I was a huge fan of the Ramona series, reading each one of them multiple times. (I swear I still have large chunks of several of them memorized and could recite them if you want).

Years later, grown up and looking for books to share with my niece, I came back to Ramona, only to discover that Cleary had written a new novel about Ramona during my time away. Curious, I picked it up (actually did the audio version), both eager to read it and worried that series might not live up to my fon...more
george
Oh, the last of the Ramona books. How I'll miss this pint-sized, spunky heroine. I have such fond memories of reading the Ramona books when I was a little girl. I'd never read this one since it was published when I was 21 and I wasn't quite interested in juvenile lit at the time. However, now it is so nice to be able to revisit and say goodbye to the girl who is so much like me when I was a child. Like the later Ramona books, this one didn't quite entertain me as much as the early books. Possibl...more
Aaliayah
Ramona starts the fourth grade. She thinks it will be the best year of her life. She can show off her yucky calluses. The boy who she calls Yard-Ape sits across from her and she has a big crush on him. Her teacher Mrs.Kemp loves her writing because it's creative. She has a little sister named Roberta and a bigger sister named Beatrice. Most of all she has a new best friend. She just wanted to fit in with the other students in her fourth grade class There's no one like Ramona.

My favorite part i...more
Kristen H
I rated this book one stars because it was an ok book to read. I didn't think it was the best book. I thought the characters were funny and also the things they did. That is also why I thought it was a good book. This was a also a good book because the characters seemed real and I think that also made me like it because it could have been me in that story or someone esle in my family. Also the setting was realistic because Ramona went to school and that reminded it of me. This book did not have...more
Melanie
Ramona’s World Beverly Cleary

“Ramona took a deep breath. ‘I broke the ceiling. I broke the ceiling to smithereens and it’s going to cost a bazillion dollars to fix and it fell all over the dining room and made a terrible mess, so I decided not to stay for dinner.’” This quote from the book Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary shows why I kept the pages turning.

Ten-year-old Ramona Quimby is starting fourth grade at a new school. Ramona is very excited about the new school year until something happen...more
Jennifer Maloney
I have very mixed feelings about this book.

First of all, it feels ghostwritten. Straight up. It does not have the same Beverly Cleary vibe that the other books had. I know she's getting old, but I really doubt her writing voice would've changed so dramatically. Whereas the other books felt bottom-up, from the kid's perspective, this one felt very top-down, looking at the kid from an adult's perspective.

Nothing really felt cohesive either, even getting small details wrong (which she normally do...more
Maryam Shahriari
سری 8 جلدی کتاب‌های رامونا رو به پیشنهاد و برای همراهی و تشویق خواهرزاده‌ی 10 ساله‌ام که تازه شروع به مطالعه کرده است خوندم.
خیلی خیلی از خوندنشون لذت بردم. کتاب‌ها با اینکه در غالب داستان برای بچه‌ها نوشته شده بود ولی در اصل روانشناسی کودک بود. بعد از خوندن این سری کتاب‌ها دیدم نسبت به دنیای بچه‌ها و کارهایی که می‌کنند عوض شد. فکر می‌کنم از بعد از اون روابطم هم با بچه‌ها بهتر شده. از سری کتاب‌هایی هستند که حتما باز هم می‌خونمشون.
Eric Summers
Ramona is entering fourth grade where she is sure things will be great. Unfortunately, she gets into her own unique Ramona style of trouble from day one. Fortunately, she always has the support of her family and by the end of the book, Ramona has gained new perspectives, friends, and is becoming the wonderful young woman we always knew she would. It would have been great to follow Ramona all the way through middle and high school.

The only downside to this book and others in Cleary's world are th...more
Melissa Morton
Ramona, who's now a fourth-grader, struggles with her spelling, joyfully battles her old nemesis, Yard Ape, and excitedly makes her first real girl friends. Ramona believes this will be the best year yet, but things do not quite turn out the way she hoped. Her teacher wants her to work on her spelling which Ramona is not very good at. Ramona struggles with spelling and spelling bees are a fun way to practice spelling.

If I were to incorporate this book into a lesson, I would have my class create...more
Mandy
As one of Beverly Cleary's biggest fans, I had to read the last installment of the Ramona series, which was released in 1999. Oh Ramona. Still getting up to the same old hijinks. The book reminded me of just how sweet, but not precious, Ramona's world is. And does anyone besides the Quimby family say "cross" to mean angry?
Pearl
This was a book I read to my daughters when they were kids. It was a “light-hearted” childhood situation centered on being a good speller and finding her best friend. It had a very easy and simple plot. (This is a "late" posting; I did realize that I was to place a "first" review on a childhood book.)
Brandi
My daughter read this for her school book report, and I thought I'd read it too because it was one of the few Ramona books I hadn't read as a kid. Ramona was still as lovable and quirky as ever, even as a growing-up fourth grader. How can you not love Ramona?
Julie Decker
The news in Ramona's world is that a) she's now a big sister, and b) she has a best friend named Daisy! The dynamic with Ramona getting into trouble with a partner in crime beside her is a little different than in previous books, and she also seems a tad more cautious and reserved, but it's still the same old Ramona.

She's got an awareness about her that she didn't have before, and realizes that her behavior will make an impression on her new baby sister. And she seems to be less antagonistic tow...more
Heather
The chapter about babysitting her little sister was really funny, so was the attic mishap! We quite enjoyed this book. The author did a great job keeping the continuity of the story and tone the same as the previous, older books.
Cheryl in CC NV
If there's one person I wish could be immortal, or write books from the beyond, it would be Cleary. I want to read about Ramona's whole life. I'd even read fan-fiction about her.
Spongebob
Romona is a girl who is starting the fourth grade.She thought this whould be the best year ever. Even though she meets anew friend and has a new baby sister. Every thing goes wrong
Terra
Ohhh, I did not realize till recently that there is a final installment in the "Ramona" series! This was published in 1999, therefore totally off my radar.

Ramona Quimby reminds me so much of my high-spirited daughter, which is likely why she loved the series so much - a relatable character, and the books are seldom slow or boring. "Ramona's World" is full of situations typical to the characters and the series - Ramona gets in over her head after wanting to take on more responsibility than she i...more
Ashley
Darling series. Definitely one I'm wishing I had read years ago!!
Alex
I listened to this on audiobook in my car.

I never read this one as a kid, and actually first read it only three years ago. At the time I was a bit let-down and gave it 3 stars. (Review below)

However, after listening to it this time around, I REALLY enjoyed it. I loved being back in Ramona's crazy world and watching her make a new best friend while sorting out her feelings for Yard Ape.

I'm so sad this is the last one. I really wish there was a book that took place in the future so we would know...more
Karla
The characters in the book were Ramona Quimby, Beezus Quimby, the baby, and her new friend named Daisy Kidd. The book is about that Ramona Quimby is going to the fourth grade and that she needs extra help on Spelling. Her older sister Beezus is going to turn 16 and there planning a special party for her. Ramona Quimby gets to meet her new best freind name Daisy Kidd. Daisy Kidd and Ramona become very good friends, but then one day Ramona Quimby decides to go to her house. So she does but, then s...more
Diamnique
Diamnique Hierrezuelo
January 2012
Romona’s World
Beverly Clearly

The main characters are Judy, Susan, Yard ape, Mom , Dad, Beezus, Daisy , Teacher, Roberta. Those are the main people that I heard from in the book. Those the people that you hear about in the story and has the most lines and has more dialogue that other.
What Romona is facing is she has a new sister and she is feeling that everyone is only caring about her baby sister Roberta.Another thing that Romona is that she is facing is her...more
Sarah Landwehr
In Beverly Cleary’s most recent book, Ramona Quimbly, the protagonist of many of Cleary’s books, is excited about her new baby sister, Roberta, when she begins the fourth grade. Determined to make fourth grade the best school year yet, Ramona struggles with Mrs. Meacham’s difficult spelling words, jealousy over her sister Beezus’s new babysitting jobs, a crush on a boy called Yard Ape, and a distaste for Susan, a girl in her class. Despite the obstacles of fourth-grade, Ramona manages to overcom...more
Irene
Even though I was so sad to say goodbye to Ramona, I was pleased that the series ended on a high note.

This book returns to the familiar format of the earlier books in the series. It focuses on Ramona, her growing-up experiences, and how she deals with them. In Ramona's World, Ramona makes a new best friend, her friendship with Yard Ape continues to develop, and she and Susan even come to a bit of an understanding. She is more mature and responsible, though she still manages to inadvertently get...more
Carin
Like with Ramona Forever, this book feels forced, uninspired, and as if it were written out of obligation. Again the baby feels like a plot twist throw in from left field for no reason. Her crush on Yard Ape seems like Ms. Cleary is making Ramona grow up too fast. She strikes me as the kind of girl who wouldn't even really notice boys are different from girls until about age 10, so why would she frequently admit to herself that she likes one of them especially? It didn't ring true. Beezus seems...more
Lori
This is one of the two books in the Ramona series that I had not read as a child (the other being "Ramona Forever"). While I loved it, it was a bittersweet read as I feel I won't ever find out how the rest of Ramona's life goes. Ah, well, c'est la vie, as Beezus says.

I liked the addition of the character, Daisy, as Ramona's first best girl friend. The two girls get into some hilarious situations including (SPOILER ALERT)Ramona's fall through Daisy's dining room ceiling, and writing a letter to a...more
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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