Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything (Ruby Lu #2)

by Lenore Look (Author) Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Ruby Lu
When Ruby's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China to live with her, Ruby decides the best thing about Flying Duck is that she is a great new friend. BUT the worst thing about Flying Duck is that now, no one speaks English at home. Plus, there's strange food on the table every night and only chopsticks to eat it with. And Flying Duck is deaf, and Ruby doesn't know any Chinese Sign Language.

As if that weren't enough, this summer proves to be even more perilous as Ruby faces the dangers of swimming lessons, the joys of summer school, the difficulty of staying with a twelve-step program, the miracle needed to keep a beautiful stray dog that wanders into her life, and much more. Is it all too much for anyone -- even the Empress of Everything -- to handle?
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School Library Journal

Starred Review
Gr 1-3 Ruby Lu takes her role as Smile Buddy to her deaf cousin, Flying Duck, so seriously that her work suffers, dooming the second grader to a vacation marred by summer school and a repeat of last year -s swimming lessons. She is also dealing with the ups and downs of her relationship with her sometimes-best-friend, Emma. In the first two chapters, Ruby Lu -s feelings about her cousin -s arrival from China fluctuate from loving to disliking to accepting. Simple sentence structure, clear but varied word choice, and attention-grabbing transitions create a smooth chapter book that is suitable for early and reluctant readers. Black-and-white cartoon drawings add emotion, characterization, and humor, showing, for example, the exaggerated water-safety gear that the feuding Ruby Lu and Emma wear in the waist-deep pool before learning to swim. Pleased with accomplishing all 7 goals on her 12-step summer plan, Ruby Lu realizes too late that she has forgotten her summer reading, leaving readers anticipating another book fresh with third-grade misadventures. With exuberant impulsivity yet earnest introspection, Ruby Lu invites readers into a contemporary world that honors differences while ultimately celebrating universal moments of childhood -friendship, school, and self-realization." -Julie R. Ranelli, Kent Island Branch Library, Stevensville, MD" Copyright 2006 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lenore Look
Lenore Look is the author of the popular Alvin Ho series, as well as the Ruby Lu series. She has also written several acclaimed picture books, including "Henry's First-Moon Birthday, Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding, " and "Brush of the Gods." Lenore lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of the Alvin Ho series, as well as "The Best Birthday Party Ever" by Jennifer LaRue Huget; "Grace for President "by Kelly DiPucchio, a "New York Times" bestseller; and the Freckleface Strawberry series by Julianne Moore. She is the author and illustrator of the picture books "Big Sister, Little Sister "and "All the Things I Love About You." LeUyen lives in San Francisco. Learn more at leuyenpham.com.

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Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780689864605
Lexile Measure
560L
Guided Reading Level
N
Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date
April 20, 2006
Series
Ruby Lu
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
Library of Congress categories
Friendship
Immigrants
People with disabilities
Deaf
Chinese Americans
Delaware Diamonds Award
Nominee 2007 - 2008
Land of Enchantment Book Award
Nominee 2008 - 2009
Monarch Award
Nominee 2010 - 2010
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2007 - 2007
Gryphon Award
Honor Book 2007 - 2007

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