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Beverly Cleary

Look at me, writing another post so soon! Thank you, Trevor, for leaving me such a nice comment on yesterday’s post. Glad you enjoyed Gatsby!

Beverly Cleary died a few days ago. She was 104! One of those cases of “wow, she was still alive??” I wish I had written her a thank-you note 40 years ago. I never cared much for Ramona, though I know she is loved by nearly everyone. The Ramona books stressed me out. I was happier reading about Beezus and Henry. And I LOVED the teenage books. I must have read “Sister of the Bride” and “The Luckiest Girl” a hundred times. Our library didn’t have “Jean and Johnny” or “Fifteen” when I was a kid, but I read them in my twenties and loved them too. When I head about Beverly’s death I downloaded allll the Henry Huggins books and all four teenage books so I can do a big re-read. I started with The Luckiest Girl, which is just as great as I remembered, and then Fifteen which is also very enjoyable. I love how the heroine’s thoughts spin out of control with every turn of events. So real, so relatable.

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6 Responses to “Beverly Cleary”

  1. Linda Seegraves

    I have read your blog off and on over the last few years and I’m glad you’re still here reading and writing!! It has been a while since I’ve been on here and I couldn’t quite remember your website address. So I did a Google search “best readers on Libravox.” Viola! there you were!

  2. kara

    Aww, thanks Linda! That’s mighty flattering! And I agree. I AM one of the best readers but I didn’t know anyone else thought so! :D

  3. Justin

    She also has two wonderful autobios which are well worth seeking out. Thank you for all you do.

  4. kara

    Justin —- Oh that’s right! I read them decades ago and don’t remember them well, so it’s time to reread them :)

  5. Brenda

    Wow! Beverly Cleary was still alive! I LOVED The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

  6. kara

    Oh yes good old Ralph! My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Garamendi, read that one and “Beezus and Ramona” to us :)

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