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A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir
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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.

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"The author sees her child self with the same clarity andobjectivity as she has seen her fictional characters."-- "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books""Readers will find here not only a candid revelation of afavorite author but a fascinatingly detailed picture of Oregon in the '20s and '30s. Beautifully written."-- "Kirkus Review""As with her fiction, readers are likely to want her memoirto go on when they read the lost page."-- "School Library Journal""Revealing, sensitive, compelling ... speaks directly to the heartwith no grandiose style, no pretentious imagery.A wonderful book!"-- "The Horn Book"

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