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Beverly Cleary, a well-known children's writer, is most famous for her Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins books, imaginative, adventurous stories about adolescents coming of age, while still embracing all the joys of childhood. Cleary has won several awards for her novels, including the John Newbery Award for her novel Dear Mr. Henshaw, as well as Newbery Honors in 1978 for Ramona and Her Father and in 1982 for Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Cleary has also received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (1975), the Regina Medal (1980), and the National Medal of Art (2003).
Her last book, Ramona's World, was published in 1999, but she has recently reentered the spotlight. At the end of July, Ramona and Beezus, the very first major motion picture based on one of her novels, debuted in theaters. Until this movie, Cleary, dedicated to her fans and eager to preserve the integrity of her work, refused to give studios the rights to produce television shows or movies based on her books unless she gave script approval. She, however, approves of the new film, but gives a warning to moviegoers:
"If you like car chases, guns and fights, then this movie is not for you."
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