Celebrating Ramona Quimby’s enduring appeal, in honor of Beverly Cleary’s 101st birthday

Beverly Cleary is 102. Her Ramona Quimby books gave us one of the sharpest characters in American kid lit.

"Don’t pester, Ramona," said Mrs. Quimby. "I’ll get you there in plenty of time."

"I’m not pestering," protested Ramona, who never meant to pester. She was not a slowpoke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting that she had to find out what happened next.

Ramona Quimby was not meant to be a main character, not at first. She first appeared as a minor...

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