Ruby in the Sky
Ruby in the Sky

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Annotation: In Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo's heartfelt middle-grade debut about family, friendship, and finding your own identity, Ruby M... more
Catalog Number: #209262
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Square Fish
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 295 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-23329-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7389-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-23329-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7389-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018008121
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Ruby, Dahlia, Abigail, and Ahmad are all challenged to do the right thing in this debut novel. After
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Ruby, Dahlia, Abigail, and Ahmad are all challenged to do the right thing in this debut novel. After the sudden death of her father, Ruby and her mother, Dahlia, change cities several times before settling in Fortin, Vermont. On the first day of work, Dahlia stands up for herself against her bully employer and files a claim against him with the police. However, instead of justice, she finds herself arrested and potentially facing a year in prison. Stuck in Fortin, Ruby adopts the strategy of invisibility at school and works hard to avoid its traditional, much-anticipated wax-museum event, in which each sixth-grader researches and embodies a historic character for the whole town to see. She also makes two friends: Abigail, a reclusive neighbor who takes care of wild birds, lives in isolation, and is rumored in the small town to have worked with astronauts, and Ahmad, a Syrian kid who moved to the U.S. two years ago. The stories of the main characters intertwine beautifully, each one demonstrating the self-trust that enables them to do the right thing and to forgive. Writing in Ruby's voice, Ferruolo creates an engaging plot peopled with complex characters that gracefully navigate many issues of our time, including women's rights, immigration, prejudice and diversity, and bullying. Ruby, her family, and Abigail are default white.Like Michael Collins, whom Ruby settles on for her big school project, she is a quiet hero. (Fiction. 10-14)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* A quiet girl finds her voice and stands up for what is right in this beautiful debut. After the death of her father, Ruby and her mother move from place to place, finally ending up in frigid Vermont. Ruby plans to stay invisible until she can convince her mom to move back to Washington, D.C., but that doesn't happen; instead, her mom reports the bad behavior of a powerful man (and friend of the mayor) and finds herself on trial for assault. Ahmad, a Syrian refugee in Ruby's class, keeps being stubbornly nice to her. And Ruby befriends a reclusive old woman named Abigail, who is the subject of ugly town gossip. As powerful men intimidate potential witnesses in her mom's case and seek to push out "vagrants" like Abigail, Ruby must do what she has always feared: speak up. Ferruolo's debut has a quietly magical feel, aided by passages describing Ruby's fascination with the moon. The faraway moon serves as a poignant theme throughout the book and connects satisfyingly to Abigail's backstory. The story also skillfully depicts everyday injustices and how those in power control the narrative unless ordinary people stand up against them. Ferruolo includes many examples of these brave, ordinary people, including Annie, Ruby's mom's public defender. A quiet yet powerful story about courage.
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Word Count: 51,832
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 500286 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.4 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q76716
Lexile: 600L

In Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo's heartfelt middle-grade debut about family, friendship, and finding your own identity, Ruby Moon Hayes learns there's more to a person's story than what other people tell. Twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes does not want her new classmates to ask about her father. She does not want them to know her mother has been arrested. And she definitely does not want to make any friends. Ruby just wants to stay as silent and invisible as a new moon in the frozen sky. She and her mother won't be staying long in Vermont anyway, and then things can go back to the way they were before everything went wrong. But keeping to herself isn't easy when Ahmad Saleem, a Syrian refugee, decides he's her new best friend. Or when she meets "the Bird Lady," a recluse named Abigail who lives in a ramshackle shed near Ruby's house. Before long Ahmad and Abigail have become Ruby's friends--and she realizes there is more to their stories than everyone knows. As ugly rumors begin to swirl around the people Ruby loves, she must make a choice: break her silence, or risk losing everything that's come to mean so much to her. Ruby in the Sky is a story of the walls we hide behind, and the magic that can happen when we're brave enough to break free.

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