Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary

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Seven-year-old Ramona Quimby's world is turned upside-down when her father unexpectedly loses his job. Things grow tense in the Quimby house, but Ramona resolves to help in any way she can—even downsizing her Christmas list. But with bills piling up and her parents constantly stressed, Ramona wonders if life will ever go back to normal.

Beverly Cleary's Newbery Honor Book depicts an average middle-class family dealing with the realities of life. With the perfect mix of humor and warmth, Ramona shines as a spirited girl with her heart set on helping.

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About Beverly Cleary

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Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?" Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California. Jacqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly a hundred children's books.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins. 204 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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So it appears--for Ramona now looks set to weather the advent of a baby sister!

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Ramona begins third grade at a new school determined to do her share for the family.

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asks Ramona at the table.) Worse, there's her mother's new full-time job that leaves her too busy and tired to make Ramona a sheep costume for the Christmas pageant.

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Examiner

Allen and the screenwriters take key story elements from "Ramona and Her Father," while also leaning heavily on "Ramona Forever," "Ramona and Her Mother," "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" and "Ramona's World."

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Pajiba

Instead, this movie is a dumping ground for various misdeeds from several books, including Ramona and Her Father, Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Ramona Forever, and Ramona’s World.

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Gather Books

This book is a must read for middle readers who like a little bit of drama, humour, and fun combined into one book.

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PopMatters

It depends on the picture.” Directed by Elizabeth Allen, the movie remixes characters and story bits from several of Beverly Cleary’s beloved Ramona Quimby novel series, especially 1981’s Ramona Quimby, Age 8, 1984’s Ramona Forever, and 1977’s Ramona and Her Father, in which he loses his job.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this book deals with Ramona's father losing his job, the family's money worries, and Ramona's mom going to work full-time.

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Boston.com

Since the filmmakers wanted an older Ramona (age 9, played by newcomer Joey King) and a teenage Beezus (played by Disney Channel pop princess Selena Gomez), they cobbled their story from Cleary’s later works, sampling most heavily from “Ramona and Her Father,’’ “Ramona and Her Mother,’’ “Ramona ...

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