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Author Beverly Cleary on Turning 100

Prior to becoming a writer, Cleary worked as a children’s librarian in Yakima, Washington. Her experience working directly with young readers inspired her to create such memorable and relatable characters as Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins.

For Cleary, the most rewarding thing about her writing career has been ‘the children who have discovered the pleasure of reading with my books,’ she says. ‘I remember when I made the same discovery in third grade, and it was a turning point in my life.’ (Publishers Weekly

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