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The Luckiest Girl (An Avon Camelot Book) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.
Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 887 KB
- Print length : 308 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Publisher : HarperCollins (6 October 2009)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00188V7TG
- Best Sellers Rank: 910,559 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read it as part of a YA reading challenge being hosted at The Midnight Garden. The idea is to read or reread some of the old YA classics, so they don't get forgotten. Beverly Cleary is clearly (ho ho) a big name in America, but I have never even heard of her, so I was coming from a different perspective to most of the readers.
I think that the appealing thing about this sort of very dated book is the nostalgia element and, since the situation and the high school culture are not familar to me, I couldn't really take part in this. As such, it was... well, sort of boring. I hesitate to write this because (if it truly is a classic) then people might be offended, but I would expect it to work the other way round as well, ie. some British classics would not appeal to our neighbours over the pond. The writing isn't noteworthy, very little of substance happens, and I couldn't relate to her experiences.
It will be interesting to read (and join in if I'm brave enough!) the discussion of this book, and see what others make of it.