Ramona’s World (audiobook)

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Ramona’s World (audiobook) by Beverly Cleary

“There’s never been anyone quite like Ramona Geraldine Quimby! And now, the irresistible, irrepressible star of Beverly Cleary’s best-loved and bestselling series is back — in the paperback version of her first book in 15 years. Now, Ramona is a fourth grader, struggling with her spelling; feuding and flirting with her old nemesis, Yard Ape; and joyfully making her first real girlfriends. She’s also dealing with life as a middle child — coping with her teenage sister, Beezus, and their new baby sister, Roberta — and simply learning about growing up. But through it all, Ramona remains funny, outspoken, and amazingly real! Ramona’s World is out of this world…a book that’s definitely worth the wait!”

I read every Ramona book as a kid. Over and over and over again. So, a few years ago, when I discovered that Beverly Cleary had written a new Ramona book I was ecstatic. Who cares that I was in my 20’s, I had to have it!

Cleary’s talent and ability to write children in a realistic and believable voice is in no way diminished by her own age. At 95 years old, Cleary must still be a child at heart! Of course, this is one of the many reasons that she is one of my favorite authors.

I love listening to the Ramona books on audio. If I’m driving to one of my stores at the beach, I can usually listen to one book in the morning and another in the afternoon. Stockard Channing narrates the books brilliantly. She has taken on the personality of Ramona to me. She reads with emotion, whether it’s anger, hurt, embarrassment, or humor, she is dead on every time.

Published November 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1999)
ISBN13: 9780061774126
Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (2001)

5 stars

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I’ve got to get to work but I just read this great post by Read Aloud Dad about how to get your kids to love reading, and I wanted to share it before I head out. I thought it was an excellent post and both of my parents did all of the things he has listed so I can attest that it works. Check it out!

Happy Father’s Day!


When I was little I made my daddy read to me as often as I possibly could. My favorite book to have him read was Johnny Go Round by Betty Ren Wright, illustrated by Jessica Zemsky.

This was my absolute favorite book ever. I had it completely memorized. Daddy would try to trick me and skip words or leave things out but I always caught him. I would sit around and “read” the book by myself once I had it memorized and people thought I was reading even earlier than I actually did!

I don’t remember Daddy reading for his own enjoyment much when I was a kid but in the past ten years or so he has become almost as avid a reader as I am! Mama and I got him hooked on Harry Potter and it just kind of grew from there. When he got his iPod last year he started downloading audiobooks. He’s sitting in the den listening to an audiobook right now actually.

While I didn’t see him reading for himself much, he had just as big an impact on my love for books as Mama did. Partly because he read to me as a child. Partly because if I asked for a book, I got it. For Christmas I would get whole stacks of books and have them read within days. Every two weeks, on payday, we’d all go out to eat and then walk down to the Little Professor Bookstore and I pretty much always left with a book in my hand.

So, thank you, Daddy, for everything you did and still do. I love you.

Johnny Go Round - 1960

News from Janet Evanovich


Usually you have to wait at least a full year for the next book in the Stephanie Plum series. But this year author Janet Evanovich is giving all Plum fans a special gift. Two Plums in one year!

Smokin’ Seventeen is released this coming Tuesday, June 21st. And according to the announcement made on Evanovich’s website and Facebook page earlier this week, we only have 5 more months to wait for the next Stephanie Plum adventure! Explosive Eighteen releases November 22, 2011.

And in other Stephanie Plum news, the current release date for One For the Money, starring Katherine Heigl, is January 27, 2012. Don’t pre-order your tickets just yet though, the release date has already been pushed back twice once. Lionsgate didn’t want to put the movie up against other summer releases like X-Men, Green Lantern and Harry Potter. Probably a good plan, Lionsgate.

The storyline will be changed somewhat from the book so don’t go in expecting Janet’s words to come alive. Evanovich sold the rights to the film years ago and did not work on the film.

Katherine Heigl plays Stephanie, “unemployed and newly-divorced, who lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.” (source: imdb.com)

Morelli is played by Jason O’Mara (who has not been in anything I have ever seen), Ranger is played by Daniel Sunjata (he played a crime scene technician on several episodes of Law & Order: SVU), Lula is played by Sherri Shepard (who has been in a lot of things) and most importantly, Grandma Mazur is played by Debbie Reynolds (biggest star in the whole film as far as I’m concerned!).

I am looking forward to the film, but I’m keeping my hopes pretty low, just in case. But the news of two books in one year has me giddy with anticipation! Happy reading Plum-lovers!

Countdown to Smokin’ Seventeen

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Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

On Sale June 21st!

“Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.

Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, things get even more complicated for Stephanie when family and friends decide it’s time for her to decide between long-time off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop, Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert, Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both, and choose a former high school football star who has just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off”. And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.

With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.”

A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich
ISBN: 978-0-345-52768-4 (0-345-52768-2)
Random House, Inc.

Check out evanovich.com to read an excerpt from the book, get a free bookplate, and take a look at Janet’s tour schedule to see if she’s coming to a bookstore near you.

Haven’t read the Stephanie Plum series? What are you waiting for, check them out!

One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Deadly
Four to Score
High Five
Hot Six
Seven Up
Hard Eight
Visions of Sugar Plums
To the Nines
Ten Big Ones
Eleven on Top
Twelve Sharp
Plum Lovin’
Lean Mean Thirteen
Plum Lucky
Fearless Fourteen
Plum Spooky
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
Sizzling Sixteen
Smokin’ Seventeen