Growing up takes a long time, and Ramona is a girl in a hurry.
Ramona's first day at school reminds me very much of my own first day at Nash Mills C of E Primary School. It's true I didn't pull a girl's hair so I could see her curls bounce back (there were only two other girls in my class (and seventeen boys) and they both had straight hair) but I felt just the same frustration as Ramona at the ridiculous shilly-shallying when it came to the business of the day, which was surely learning to read and write.
Also like Ramona, I had some deeply annoying children in my class - there was a boy called Gary, in particular - but I honestly think Ramona's classmate Howie might even be worse.
Right away Howie said, 'Ramona got benched, and she's the worst rester in the class.'
After all that had happened that morning, Ramona found this too much, 'Why don't you shut up?' she yelled at Howie just before she hit him.
Now, that's what I call a real heroine.
Word To Use Today: pest. This word comes from the Latin word pestis, which means plague.
As a matter of interest it has nothing at all to do with the word pester, which comes from the Latin word pastor, which means herdsman.