My daughter loved the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary growing up so while I was looking for a book set in Oregon I picked up Ramona the Brave. Ms. Cleary has a wonderful gift for giving us a humorous glimpse into the life of a six year old and her family.
From the cover:
Ramona Quimby approaches first grade, but in short order she's upset by her mother's return to work, a teacher who doesn't understand her, and what appear to be monsters under the bed. What else could possibly go wrong?