by Beverly Cleary


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It seems too good to be true. The most popular boy in school has asked Jane out -- and she's never even dated before. Stan is tall and good-looking, friendly and hard-working -- everything Jane ever dreamed of. But is she ready for this?

Suppose her parents won't let her go? What if she's nervous and makes a fool of herself? Maybe he'll think she's too young. If only she knew all the clever things to say. If only she were prettier. If only she were ready for this...

With her usual warmth, perceptiveness, and humor, Beverly Cleary creates the joys and worries of a young girl's first crush.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380728046
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 177,302
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.


Carmel, California

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1916

Place of Birth:

McMinnville, Oregon


B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Fifteen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Tressa-Book-Review More than 1 year ago
Fifteen, was a great book. It was old fashioned, but I like things that were set back in the day. This book was a romance book, and I loved it. I usually don't like to read romance books, because I am a little young to understand, but this book explained everything so well for all ages. It helped me to understand what love really is. The main idea that the author is trying to get across the minds of teenagers, is that love is sometimes love is hard at times, but once you cross the bumps, the road ahead is really worth looking forward to. Stan is obviously a wonderful kid, and Jane really deserves that because Jane is a wonderful girl. They are really great together and deserve each other. Fifteen gives you a warm feeling inside when reading all the romantic parts. This book is a very thrilling, and enjoying book. Jane is like my fictional idle. She waits a very long time to find that one special person, and she did. It was like love at first sight to her. She had always planned out what her first boyfriend would be like. "He'd be at least sixteen, old enough to have a driver's license, and he'd have a sense of humor, and he'd be tal." and she found the perfect match. Fifteen is not like other romance books, it honestly better. All the goals the author was trying to reach, was definitely reached. Even though it was set back in the day I absolutely loved it. It was defiantly one of the best books I have read. There was not one part I did not like about this book. My last statement is, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
bdkrwalker More than 1 year ago
It starts of with young Jane Purdy who feels left out,but when she meets the boy life get intersting,and ends so greatly I wish it would never end at all.Jane doesn't know how to act on her first date,what sould she order icecream or coffee,and how will she go to a Chinese restaurant if she doesn't know how to use chopsticks.If only she was older than fifteen.
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I serisly read this book in less then a day. I couldn`t put it down. It is the best puppy love story ever. I recommend to any and every teen girl thats loves romance stories!!!!You will regret if you don`t get it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good i want to read more like this one! : )
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for teen girls who are just starting to crush. In this book, a girl named Janie who just turned fifteen is looking for a boy. Well, she found one! A great one named Stan. Janie really likes him and she thinks he likes her. When they get to know each other and go on a lot of dates, Janie starts to get annoyed when another girl is getting in the way. After the date in the city, Janie is having second thoughts about Stan and is not quite sure anymore. Then the class barbeque comes and Janie goes with Stan. Will Janie and Stan get serious? Read to find out. I thought this book was a really good book and new teens and middle school kids would enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book because many teenage girls can relate to Jane's hardships. Beverly Cleary doesn't miss a thing, there's the pretty popular girl, the average girl who is desperately wanting to be noticed and the rest of the High school student body. When you read, you follow Jane through her ups and downs of her first relationship. The book is a great story and has an outstanding author! Must Read!
AuntJha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this when I was not 12 yet and thinking, hmm, what will I read when I AM 15?
Izabella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
sweet nostalgic novel set in the 1950s
kettykat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute story about a young girl named Jane who is experiencing her first crush and all the worries that come along with dating. The plot is very simple and so is the whole story. To be honest, the book is very cute but it really tailors itself to mainly female readers. It is not the type of book one would remember for the rest of your life, I found it very forgetable.
slightlyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was reading this book I too was fifteen. I could totally see and feel what this character was going through.I truly believe this is one of Cleary's best books. It had a good story and cool characters. And I love the 1950's era terms and language she used.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are lying about being a grandma and enjoying this story for 50+ years because it was published in 2009.
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The best way I can think of to tell you how wonderful this book is, is to say that I have fondly remembered it for 50+ years (yep, I'm a Grandma now). BUT PLEASE DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM READING THIS BOOK!!! I wish I had granddughters so I could buy it for them to read. I see that many reviewers have labeled it as "outdated", and yes, it was written many years ago in a much simpler time. So you'll see "the way it used to be." But the story is truly timeless (Shakespeare anyone???? LOL). When a teen's worst worries were, "Will he ask me to the dance?", and "What do I do if he tries to kiss me?", not "Do I have to do drugs or have sex to be popular?" But as smart kids today, I'm sure you can see how situations still relate. PARENTS, you will want to get this book for your young teen daughters, especially. Hopefully you can read it "together", and it can be an excellent opening point for discussion about appropriate relationships between boys and girls, and how yesterday's worries really haven't changed much, except for the ages of today's children. That "good kids" don't expect nor give/receive sex, among other topics.
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12th result
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Whenever i read this book when ive gotten almost seriously hurt ( like now ) it makes me feel so much better! This book makes me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fifteen is a really goid boik
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lended this book and cant returne it so if u want it then just by it or u will habe it forever and ever and ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u you dont give this book a 5 star i'll hunt u down-jk jk Or am i???-LoL
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Where is the next 1?
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