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Six Degrees of Separation: Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary.

Here’s the brief version of how this meme works:

“Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge.

A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the ones next to them in the chain.” You can read all the rules here.

I have a confession to make. Even though Beezus and Ramona was published in 1955, and I started school approximately a decade later, I have no memory of anything to do with Beverly Cleary until my own children were in school in the 2000s! I have not read this book.  Her Henry Huggins book I THOUGHT I had read, but further investigation reveals I was remembering Homer Price. The closest I’ve come to Cleary is my daughter’s obsession with Junie B Jones.

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

“Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn’t always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be…especially when Ramona threatens to ruin Beezus’s birthday party. Will Beezus find the patience to handle her little sister before Ramona turns her big day into a complete disaster?” [Amazon]

My Chain

A birthday and a sisters–this is how Judy Leigh’s fun new book starts

My review tells the fun story. This is a wonderful light read by the way! Who doesn’t want to live in Spain and Mexico and find romance at beyond 40?

Molly and Nell learning a little about Mexican culture while Chasing the Sun. Another great read that features a little of Mexican Culture is the amazing Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. This really is a magical book. It is short and sweet–if you haven’t read it, get it!

Tita, in Like Water for Chocolate, loves to cook. Another who loves to cook is Emoni Santiago–teen mother and chef-to-be in the incredible With the Fire on High. Everything Elizabeth Acebedo writes is incredible. Do not be mislead by the stupid YA label–this is a great book. Do not miss out on this wonderful author–I truly believe she is a voice of her generation.

What a poignant coming-of-age novella! The sweet little boy is in love with the odd lady who sells sandwiches. Growing up is so hard, isn’t it? Miss Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami.

Single moms (I was one) have a lot of struggles. Sons of single moms look for warmth and love where they can–even in the sandwich department of their local supermarket.

A boy in love with “Miss Ice Sandwich” leads to a family of ice cream makers who move from Italy to the Netherlands. The Ice Cream Makers: A Novel by Ernest van der Kwast.

Another book about family in the Netherlands that includes food is The Dinner by Herman Koch. I look forward to Koch’s books because of this one. My review was lost in a crash of my old blog, but trust me and read it.

I couldn’t go full-circle and back to a book with sisters and a birthday, but it was still a fun chain, right?

June’s Starting Book

Next Month the starting book is The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld.

13 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary.

  1. Now that’s a diverse chain and I’m feeling a bit hungry now! Love how you linked them all up! I still haven’t read anything by Beverley Cleary, but I will take one from the school’s library this week and just give it a try.

    May you have a wonderful May!

    Elza Reads

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  2. I sure enjoyed this chain. Makes me want ice cream for dessert! I have read Miss Ice Sandwich and The Dinner. I feel sure I’ve read Like Water for Chocolate but it isn’t in my log, so maybe I’m thinking of another book. I never read anything by Beverly Cleary but I’m sure my two daughters must have.

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  3. What a very interesting chain – I’m so impressed by everyone who managed to move away from the children’s book theme (I, of course, didn’t…)

    Although I haven’t read any of these books, I totally agree about the irritating way books are sometimes labelled YA. I suppose that is intended to get parents, aunts, etc to buy them for teenagers (although my children always read a lot, *my* buying them a book in those years was the kiss of death to the poor author, whoever he/she was! Some of my favourite authors are labelled ‘teen’ or ‘children’s’ – eg Frank Cottrell Boyce, Edith Nesbit, Theresa Breslin. ‘Away with labels!’ is my mantra.

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    1. I think the label is aimed at the YAs themselves, lol. They don’t want to read “boring old people” books! Who knows, right? Thank you for reading. I totally agree about NO labels. I read Gone With the Wind at 12 and Winds of War at 13!

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