Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Brave (1975)


Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Brave (1975) Illus. Alan Tiegreen It's the summertime, the summer before Ramona goes into the first grade; it's only a few months after Ramona the Pest, the gap is hardly noticeable. There's not much to do in the summertime. Ramona and Howie play brick factory (a

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Brave (1975)2014-03-14T19:28:11-05:00

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Pest (1968)


Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Pest (1968) Illus. Louis Darling Readers first catch a glimpse of Ramona Quimby when she is very small, in the Henry Huggins series, but her first main appearance is in Beezus and Ramona. I was not, however, a Beezus fan.  I was a Ramona fan. I

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Pest (1968)2014-03-14T19:34:45-05:00

Maya Angelou: Heroine Reads


Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) Bantam, 1971 It’s ironic that what most stands out in the first volume of Maya Angelou’s autobiography is her voice; when she was a girl, she stopped speaking for a time, but, in looking back on the experiences of her

Maya Angelou: Heroine Reads2014-03-10T20:51:04-05:00

Three novels by Lois Lowry


Lois Lowry’s The Giver (1993) Bantam-Random House, 1999 “It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.” From the opening sentence, this novel has an ominous tone. Doesn’t it? ::squirms in chair:: And it’s pervasive. Only a few pages later, his younger sister is whispering about “The Ceremony

Three novels by Lois Lowry2014-03-10T20:50:02-05:00

Mildred D. Taylor’s The Gold Cadillac (1980)


Mildred D. Taylor's The Gold Cadillac (1980) Illus. Michael Hays Dial Books for Young Readers, 1987 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976) won the Newbery in 1977 and it remains Mildred D. Taylor's best known novel. But the Logan family was actually introduced in her first novella, Song of the Trees

Mildred D. Taylor’s The Gold Cadillac (1980)2014-07-11T16:20:47-05:00
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