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  1. Beverly, 1916–2021, U.S. children's author.

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"It occurred to me that all the children appeared to be only children," recalled Cleary.

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Cleary later settled in California’s Berkeley Hills, where she devoted herself to writing full time with the encouragement of her husband, Clarence Cleary, an accountant she married in 1940.

Cleary wrote more than 40 books, many about high-spirited youngsters such as the spunky Ramona Quimby and adventurous Henry Huggins, a third-grader with hair “like a scrubbing brush” and a knack for getting into gentle scrapes with his mutt, Ribsy.

Cleary occasionally strayed from the realistic children’s fiction that was her hallmark, writing several young-adult novels about thwarted romances and first loves.

Cleary’s stories paved the way for the more mature subject matter of young-adult writers such as Judy Blume, who credited her as a significant influence.

Cleary checked with another neighbor to ask if it was true, and was told, “Absolutely not.”

It was three in the afternoon, and a concerned neighbor named Raoul Cleary asked Moseley what he was doing.

"Tom's cow came near getting me into trouble," Jim Cleary said, when he finished telling the story to the lieutenant.

Cleary slept in a little closet similar to the doctor's, and on the opposite side of the laboratory.

Realizing the possibility of such an event, Nick had disguised himself as Cleary, yet he wished to avoid being seen if possible.

Nick had entered Cleary's room with the purpose of guarding against any interruption from the negro.

There was nothing left for Nick, in the character of Cleary, except to pretend to believe it.


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