Author: Beverly Cleary
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Running Away, Camping, Family Life, Summer Themes, Mice and Squirrels
Acclaimed author Beverly Cleary first introduced the irrepressible Ralph S. Mouse in her beloved The Mouse and the Motorcycle. In this award-winning sequel, Ralph points his mouse-sized red motorcycle toward a life of speed, danger, and excitement. Readers are in for a rollicking ride.
Ralph is tired of being bossed around by his mother and Uncle Lester, and he's fed up with his pesky little brothers and sisters. Maybe they're happy with their lives, but Ralph is determined to grow up to be something more than just another mouse scrounging crumbs at the Mountain View Inn. He's going to run away! It's not long before the brave mouse is speeding down the open road on his bike. He finds adventure beyond his wildest dreams — and people-sized danger he never expected.
Best-known for her popular Ramona stories, two of which have been named Newbery Honor Books, Beverly Cleary has been awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for 40 years of distinguished writing for children. Her ability to instill realism into the most of imaginative situations makes Runaway Ralph a triumph. Full of imagination and excitement, this best-selling sequel is sure to win the hearts of new friends as well as fans of the original book.