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Ramona is now starting the third grade and her life is full of the usual hilarious trials that cause her to be labeled a “nuisance and show-off” by her new teacher. Whether she is deciding if she prefers her printed Q to the floppy cursive one, getting raw egg in her hair, or facing an interminably boring Sunday, Ramona is always a memorable character.
The destruction of nine-year-old Piri's family begins with Hungary's oc cu pation by the Nazis. Her mother valiantly tries to keep the family together and safe, but one loss after another occurs until they board trains that will take them to Auschwitz. Siegal's book is a powerful autobiography.
Lyrical poems written in the spirit of William Blake combine with captivatingly imaginative illustrations that reflect the staidness and the whimsy of the eighteenth century. Nancy Willard also won the 1982 Newbery Award for this book.