Ramona the Brave

Ramona the Brave

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Baker & Taylor
Determined to be brave, six-year-old Ramona Quimby has to deal with starting first grade, her mother's new job, and a teacher who does not understand how hard it is for Ramona to grow up. Reissue.


Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary lovingly chronicles the ups and downs of elementary school woes. This is perfect for fans of Clementine.

For a girl as enthusiastic about life as Ramona, starting the first grade should be easy! But with a teacher who doesn't understand her, a tattletale classmate, and a scary dog who follows her on the walk home from school, Ramona has a hard time acting like the big girl everyone expects her to be. But when she shows up to school with a missing shoe, Ramona gets a fresh grip on her courage in order to make it through a mortifying situation.


& Taylor

Determined to be brave, six-year-old Ramona Quimby has to deal with starting first grade, her mother's new job, and a teacher who does not understand how hard it is for Ramona to grow up

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Avon Books, [1995], c1975, c1995
ISBN: 9780380709595
Characteristics: 189 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Tiegreen, Alan


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Bob Quimby: Ramona, your sister has a report card. Doesn't that mean you should have one too?
Ramona Quimby: Uh... No.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Beezus: Who could ever love someone named Beezus?
Ramona Quimby: Jesus?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Ramona Quimby: [Watching a commercial, reciting the slogan] "Royal Peanut Butter: There's a bit of magic in every jar"!
Bob Quimby: Is that one of your favorites? That's the rack we gotta get you into, 'cause those TV kids make millions.
Ramona Quimby: Beezus, do you think I could be in a commercial like that?
Beezus: [Fixing Ramona's hair with a curling iron] Sure, you'd make a great frog.
Ramona Quimby: Hey!
Beezus: Hold still. I'm almost done.
Ramona Quimby: It's picture-perfect, right?
Beezus: Let's be realistic, Ramona. This is a curling iron, not a magic wand.
[She puts the curling iron down and holds up a mirror for Ramona to see what her new hairdo looks like]
Beezus: But, all things considered, I'd say you've never looked better.
Ramona Quimby: I love it! Thanks, Beezus!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Bob Quimby: So, Beezus, suppose I told you that when I pulled up by the house tonight I saw your old buddy Henry staring at it like he left something important inside of it.
Dorothy Quimby: Henry Huggins? I haven't heard that name in a while. Isn't he the boy that used to eat dirt in the backyard?
Bob Quimby: Yeah.
Beezus: He doesn't do that anymore!
Bob Quimby: Ooh, if I didn't know better, I'd say somebody's got a crush.
Beezus: Can we please talk about something else?
Dorothy Quimby: Well, there is that dance coming up. Maybe he wants to ask you to it.
Bob Quimby: Well, if he's gonna ask my daughter to dance, he better have some moves. Can the old dirt-eater do this?
[Mr. Quimby starts dancing very badly. Ramona and Mrs. Quimby laugh]
Beezus: [Embarrassed. Playfully throws a towel at Mr. Quimby] Oh, I hope not! Stop! Mom!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Howie Kemp: [From Trailer]
[to Ramona]
Howie Kemp: We saw your underpants!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Beezus: [From Trailer]
[to Ramona]
Beezus: Every princess needs a little sparkle.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Bob Quimby: [From Trailer]
[to Ramona]
Bob Quimby: Why don't we draw the longest picture ever?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Beezus: [From Trailer] Ramona, you're your own person. You don't care about coloring inside the lines.
Ramona Quimby: It really depends on the picture.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Mrs. Meacham: [From Trailer]
[to Ramona]
Mrs. Meacham: I hope you are enjoying third grade. You may be here for a while.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Henry Huggins: [From Trailer] But, she keeps you on your toes.
Beezus: You are so welcome to borrow her for, like, ten years.


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Jul 11, 2017

I Like the main character of this book because she says things funnily. I think that Ramona is really brave and funny when she throws her shoe at the big mean dog on her way to school. Ramona is also very unique how she make her paper owl look very wise. I got mad at Susan when she copies Ramona's owl and gets all the credit. I don't like how Ramona's teacher is kind of unfair. In conclusion I think that you should definitely read this book if you want to laugh.

"Ramona the Brave" is about Ramona facing challenges, but she can make it! - Kathleen, age 10

Jul 11, 2015

A great book

Jun 29, 2015

I didn't know there was any other books about Ramona. Definitely going to give it a try.

i ove the books

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

very enjoyable for the whole readers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 21, 2012

Yeah. I felt sorry for Beezus in the beginning. Ramona is really funny but she can get really annoying when she wants her way. Her parents would need to be really strict with her so she can grow up to be obedient so she won't have to throw tantrums ALL the time! But I still love these Ramona books because I love her imagination.

Jul 19, 2011

When Ramona yells "Guts!" you will laugh out loud.


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Jul 17, 2015

black_rabbit_207 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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violet_dog_2245 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Jul 15, 2012

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Summer is coming to an end. Ramona has spent most of it with her friend Howie Kemp, pounding old bricks into dust in a game called Brick Factory. Brick Factory makes Ramona feel powerful, something that doesn't happen very often since she is the youngest in her family. Ramona longs to be brave and grown-up, so when some boys tease her older sister about her name Ramona sticks up for her and gives them a lecture. She's crushed to realize that instead of considering her a hero, Beezus is embarrassed and angrier at Ramona than the boys. Why can't everyone see that she is trying so hard to grow up?


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