Runaway Ralph (Ralph Mouse #2)

by Beverly Cleary (Author) Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Ralph Mouse

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary ramps up the humor and adventure in the second book in the Ralph Mouse series.

With a motorcycle to rev and the open road to see, Ralph S. Mouse is itching to run away from his overprotective family! But once he escapes to a summer campground nearby, the horrors of the wild make him doubt his plan. Angry cats, scary watchdogs, and grouchy gophers are only the half of it...

But then he befriends Garf, a sad and friendless boy at the camp. Though he wants desperately to be back home with his relatives, Ralph realizes that he may need to help Garf before he can help himself.

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Hornbook Guide to Children

The same combination of simplicity, realistic detail, ingenuity, and humor that made The Mouse and the Motorcycle a resounding success.


Cleary again successfully combines fantasy and reality.

School Library Journal

Life with family is too stifling for a daring young motorcyclist, eager to try his wheels ... a funny story with a sympathetic hero.

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Publication date
March 20, 2014
Ralph Mouse
BISAC categories
JUV007000 - Juvenile Fiction | Classics
JUV002180 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Library of Congress categories
Ralph S. Mouse (Fictitious character)

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