Cheryl Charles: Appreciating a friend I never met

Beverly Cleary signs books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif. (AP)
This past Friday night, minutes after we had put the Saturday morning edition to bed, I got a notification from the Associated Press. I immediately sent word to my sisters on our group text, knowing they would understand the significance. “Beverly Cleary died. She was 104,” I said. My younger sister answered: “Wow. I feel…

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