This is the seventh Ramona book by Beverly Cleary,which is about Ramona friend Howie Kemp whose uncle Hobart comes from Saudi Arabia. Ramona and Beezus stay home after school alone. One day they find their cat Picky-Picky dead. Mr. Quimby finishes college and Mrs. Quimby is pregnant. Later Ramona and Beezus 's Aunt Beatrice marries Uncle Hobart and Ramona and Beezus get a new baby sister named Roberta.