I've always loved children's books (even when I was a child -- how fortunate is that?), and this year I'm making an effort to read more of the Newbery Medal winners and honor books. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is the 6th book in Beverly Cleary's Ramona series, and a 1982 Newbery Honor book. This snippet comes from page 106, about midway through:
Ramona was crying too hard to answer. Nobody, nobody in the whole world, was a bigger nuisance than someone who threw up in school. Until now she thought Mrs. Whaley had been unfair when she called her a nuisance, but now -- there was no escaping the truth -- she really was a nuisance, a horrible runny-nosed nuisance with nothing to blow her nose on.I really enjoyed this one -- and I can easily identify with Ramona and her tribulations. I don't remember ever throwing up in school, but I survived many other fiascos. And I was definitely a nuisance.
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