The irresistible, irrepressible Ramona, who's now a fourth-grader, struggles with her spelling, gleefully battles her old nemesis, Yard Ape, and joyfully makes her first real girl friends. Follows the adventures of nine-year-old Ramona at home with big sister Beezus and baby sister Roberta and at school in Mrs. Meacham's class. Ramona Quimby is sure fourth grade will be "the best year of her life, so far". She can show off her calluses from swinging on the rings in the park, sit across the aisle from the boy she calls Yard Ape, and enjoy her cheerful new teacher, Mrs. Meacham. Most exciting of all, Ramona has a new best friend, Daisy. Fourth grade doesn't turn out quite the way Ramona has hoped. Mrs. Meacham wants her to improve her spelling. Ramona also must be a good role model for her baby sister, Roberta. And Mrs. Quimby wants her to spend more time with the super-perfect Susan. Fourth-grade life isn't always easy, but it's full of adventure, and, at the end of it all, a "zeroteenth" birthday to celebrate! Newbery Medalist Beverly Cleary brings insight and humor to a novel that's as memorable and refreshing as its young heroine.